Salama Al Ali: a 4 years old Jiu Jitsu champion
"When the Brazilian girl cried, I wanted to hug her and tell her not to cry" Salama Al Ali said; winner of the first place at the Year of Zayed Challenge championship 2018 when she was asked how she felt about her rival, the Brazilian girl.
Her father Abdul Ghani Al Ali was really touched with his daughter's achievement:
"I cried my eyes out at the end of the tournament"
Abdul Ghani supported all of his 5 kids to pursue their passion for Jiu Jitsu and never missed an important occasion. "She hugged me and put the medal on my chest and this washed my heart".
Salama started training at the Jiu Jitsu Club in Ajman since she was almost 3 years old. She understood the sport rules and ethics to a point where she competed with other girls from other countries to "prove the international level of competence of Emirati girls and coaches" Abdul Ghani added.
Al-Ali is proud that his daughters are competing in a combat-nature sport, however he considers Jiu Jitsu a defensive sport that teaches discipline and humility.