Asia is shaping the future of Ju-Jitsu

The second General Assembly and Electoral Congress of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union [JJAU] was held at Hilton Hotel Abu Dhabi , UAE on 25th April 2016 and conducted in accordance to the Rules and Regulations of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation [JJIF]

The General Assembly was attended by 33 National Ju- Jitsu Member Organizations and chaired by the JJAU Secretary General Mr. Fahad Ali al Shamsi.

The JJIF President Mr. Panagiotis Theodoropoulos attended the GA as the honorable Chief Guest and as a VIP l Observer . Mr. Dae Sung Moon, IOC member (Olympic Gold medal 2004 Athens) from South Korea graced the proceedings with his valued presence.

It was announced that under the eminent leadership of H.E. Abdulmunem Alsayed M. AL Hashmi, Chairman of the JJAU and SVP JJIF , Ju- Jitsu has in the past two years grown exponentially across Asia and has secured its major goal of participation rights in all the three most important Multi sports events of Olympic Council of Asia, the Asian Bach games, Asian Indoor Games and Asian Games.

In the past two years the JJAU has strived hard to propagate Ju- Jitsu and has successfully conducted Annual Ju-Jitsu Championships for all the FIVE Regions of Asia .

Due to the efforts of JJAU , Ju- Jitsu is now considered as one of the most popular and dynamic Combat Sports in Asia supported by most of the National Olympic committees , with more and more National Federations vying for JJAU membership .

At this GA the Members voted to grant JJAU Membership to 7 more National Ju- Jitsu Federations.

Items on the GA Agenda were taken up one by one with the delegates present expressing their appreciation to the JJAU Bboard for the work and development undertaken and unanimously approved and ratified the reports and issues tabled.

During the electoral proceedings , The members present voted to increase the members present on the JJAU Executive Board so as to extend and guarantee active representation of all Asian regions, genders and cultures in the board.

The members then considered the candidatures presented for election for posts of the JJAU President and Executive Board Members [ for the period 2016 – 2024 ] and unanimously voted to elect the President and the Executive Board members of the JJAU as below:

President / Chairman : H.E.. Abdulmunem Alsayed M. Al Hashmi (UAE)

First Vice President : H.E. Sheikh Fahad Talal Al Fahad Al Sabah (Kuwait)

Vice President [ East Asia President ] : Mr. Lee Yeoung Soo (South Korea)

Vice President [ South East Asia President ] : Mr. Hung Nguyen Manh (Viet Nam)

Vice President [ South Asia President ] : Mr. Suresh Gopi (India)

Vice President [ West Asia President] : Dr. Mokhles Albu-Mohammed (Iraq)

Vice President [ Central Asia President] : Mr. Adayev Ata (Turkmenistan)

Executive Member : Dr. Henry Kothagoda (Singapore)

Executive Member : Mr. Francois Saade (Lebanon)

Executive Member : Mr. Seyed Amir Khoshbin (Iran)

Executive Member : Mr. Kithsiri De Zoysa (Sri Lanka)

Executive Member : Mr. Bold- Erdene Odsuren (Mongolia)

Executive Member : Mr. Ahmed A. Aziz AL Khayat (Bahrain)

Executive Member : Mr. Takamasa Watanabe (Japan)

Executive Member : Ms. Ratnadiptee Shimpi (India)

Additional Board Members were also unanimous voted into office as below:

Secretary General : Mr. Fahad Ali Al Shamsi

Deputy Secretary General : Dr. Jaffer Al Muthafer

Finance director : Mr.Tareq Al Bahri

Sports Director Asia : Mr. Joachim Thumfart

There being no other Issues raised by members, JJIF President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos gave the Vote of Thanks expressing the sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude in the name of all Members of Ju-Jitsu family, to the host city of Abu Dhabi , UAE , under the wise and charismatic leadership of his Royal Highness H.E. Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan , whose quintessential support and guidance for the propagation and development of Ju Jitsu is a testament for all sport lovers across the world.

The 2016 General Assembly of JJAU was then adjourned.