The first time you visit a new place is always special. There is so much to absorb at once. New language, unique sights, exotic tastes, unforgettable smells and intriguing sounds. Someone once said that experiences are literally all you take from life when your moment comes. Fortunately, the Jiu-Jitsu World news team is able to travel all over the world to report on the growth of the sport no matter where the it is present.
This past June, the setting was the impressive city of Moscow. The Russian capital has everything you look for in a great destination. It's beautiful with its architecture that travels from the classic buildings you find in an European city to the imposing Soviet style, not to mention the candy-like colors and onion-shaped domes of its Orthodox churches. From Red Square to Gorky Park and beyond, including the glamorous metro stations, Moscow is certainly one place you should put on your wish list.
Our team landed in Russia on the afternoon of June 13 for a trip that would have as the main focus to report on the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour event in the country. As a bonus, the AJP also scheduled the 5th installment of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats, featuring some of the best heavyweight black belts in the world. So, basically, we had our hands full, but we're more than motivated to be present in a groundbreaking moment for the sport in Russia.
The opening event of the 2019/2020 season was a crowd pleaser, with local competitors and international stars treating the crowd to exciting matches for the entire weekend of June 15-16. Our reporters and photographers stood their ground mat side to capture the best images and also collect straight from the source the reactions and comments on every single match. The result of all that hard work you have on your hands right now (well, virtually, as most of our readers are online readers).
As our readers know already, the work never stops. As you read Jiu-Jitsu World #19, our team is packing again for the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour, on July 27-28, in Tokyo. From Japan, we will bring you the latest news on what will most certainly be another off the charts event.
Jiu-Jitsu World has one single mission and that is to bring our readers the full report on how Jiu-Jitsu is touching more and more people and changing lives for better one by one. You are our guest in this trip. Have a great read and we will see you on the next one.
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