BJJ in Saudi Arabia

Discussion in 'Brazilian Jiu Jitsu' started by Ottoman Turk, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk Valued Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am moving to Riyadh,Saudi Arabia within the next couple of weeks for business purposes,I want to start learning BJJ and the only info I found is this:

    And this is the instructor:

    I have e-mailed them twice and still got no answer.Their phone doesn't even ring.Anyone has any idea about this place or the instructor?

    By the way,I have trained MuayThai before,I haven't done it for 4 years now,I'm out of shape and 33 years old.Is it too late for BJJ?

    Thanks in advance for any answers and help.
  2. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    I'm a long time ex-pat who worked overseas for many years and have a few friends who work with Saudi Aramco. I know there are at least a few BJJ programs within a couple of their camps (compounds). If you're with Aramco, please check with coworkers once you arrive. There are a lot of things that go on that may be difficult to find till you get there. Check with some of the forums with the company your going to be working with also if they are available.
  3. Frodocious

    Frodocious She who MUST be obeyed! Moderator Supporter

    Nope, I started BJJ at the tender age of 34. Just take it easy and you'll be fine!
  4. Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk Valued Member

    Thank you very much for the info.I don't work for Aramco but I can definetely get in touch with people there.I will do my best to find BJJ classes but I'm really hoping that a proper dojo will open so that I won't have to go to compunds to practice.

    I'll let you know.Thank you again.
  5. Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk Valued Member

    I'll take it easy too then,thank you :)
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  6. slideyfoot

    slideyfoot Co-Founder of Artemis BJJ

    As per FAQ:

    My favourite example when it comes to the "am I too old" question is this guy. He started training at RGA when in his eighties, earning his blue belt in 2007. So while it's a cliche, it really never is too late to start.

    There's also a good thread with discussion of training a bit later in life (especially how to cope with injury, arthritis etc) here.

    You could also check out the Roy Harris instructional BJJ Over 40.
  7. Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk Valued Member

    Thank you for the links and the motivation Slideyfoot :)

    I have good news for myself and for anyone who plan to work in Riyadh in the near future.

    the name of center (alqemah sport center)
    address: alolaia king fahad road , alowaid building at third floor

    2-Eng.mohammed alhazmi
    the name of dojo (alhazmi school for Jiu Jitsu )

    I have found 2 instructors,one has blue and the other has a purple belt.I will check out both places,thanks god I can fully commit myself to BJJ now.
  8. Ottoman Turk

    Ottoman Turk Valued Member

    I have found 2 more proper places,one of them is in Dammam and the other is in Riyadh.Here are the infos:

    1)The one in Riyadh:


    .BLACK BELT KODOKAN JUDO from Saudi Judo Federation-
    JIU JITSU BLUE BELT 4 straeb cince 2007-

    2)The one in Dammam:

    Head Instructor’s Profile

    Name: Jamil Ali-Taylor II

    Nationality: American

    Occupation: English Instructor (King Fahd Univ. Petroleum & Minerals-Dammam Branch) 4th year.

    Martial Arts Experience:

    2nd Degree Black Belt Free-Style Grappling (MMA/No-Gi)

    Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Highest Ranked person in KSA)

    American Wrestling 20+ years

    Experienced/Proficient in the Following:

    Russian Sambo


    Muay Thai Kick Boxing


    My Personal BJJ Timeline & Notes:

    -Started in training BJJ in July, 1999.(started with Rahsaan Bass [Brown-Belt Machado] & Sean “Abdullah” Bansfield[Saulo R. Black-belt])

    -Started training under Ryan Fiorenzi (Black-belt Rigan Machado)

    -Met Helio Gracie & Sons August, 1999

    -Met John Machado in Late October, 1999

    -Met my other Instructors (Tyrone Gooden [Black-belt Rigan] and Montese Peterson [Black-belt “Caique”]) October, 1999.

    -Trained with MMA veteran John Milo starting in Feb. 2000

    -Trained with Marcel Grosso(De la Riva Black-belt) from May, 2000 to Dec. 2000.

    -Met Reza M. (Head Instructor of the Bahraini BJJ Team) in August, 2001

    -Started training in the Rickson Gracie Assoc. under M. Peterson & Tyrone Gooden in Early 2001

    -Started Coaching/training at Focus JJ in 2003 until I left America in March, 2004

    -From April, 2004 until July, 2005 I took a Sabbatical from all Martial Arts. I was living and working in Cairo, Egypt.

    -July, 2005 I went to Amman, Jordon to compete. I met Zaid Mirza-Black-belt & a lot of other great guys from Jordan BJJ, I only trained one hour for this competition the night before in my hotel with Mohammad Asiri.

    -Received a job offer to work at KFUPM-Dammam Branch, KSA. September, 2005

    -October, 2005 I was asked by Mohammad Asiri, Sadat al-Ghamdi, Mahir Demerdash and Sameer Zahrani to start teaching BJJ classes in al-Khobar

    -I have been teaching and training BJJ/MMA/Submission Grappling here in KSA ever since

    *I’ve met/trained with so many other BJJ and MMA stars just ask and I’ll let you know.


    BS-Mathematics, Sociology & Education

    MSc.-Six Sigma & Lean Business studies

    Black Belt Six Sigma/Green Belt

    Black Lean Six Sigma Specialist

    Graduate Diploma-TEFL
  9. pej

    pej New Member

    BJJ in Riyadh

    Hey Ottoman
    Did you end up checking out the above-mentioned schools? What is the verdict? I will be in Riyadh in August and would like to attend a BJJ school there.

    Thanks and Take Care
  10. Mir3

    Mir3 New Member

    Never Too Old

    The "issue" of age comes up a lot. As a 43 year-old woman studying 8 months now at a competitive school in Prague, CZ, I hear many guys complaining about being 30+. We all age differently. One recommendation: Cross training yoga helps build tendon strength & flexibility that helps prevents injury. But, bottom-line, we're all responsible for how we train. For example, it can be more dangerous sparring with white belts, because they lack the control of advanced players & a strong guy with something to prove can cause energy fast. That's where tapping comes in. I believe the maker of Red Belt, David Mamet, started BJJ in his 40s. There are other examples. BJJ is too much fun (and important) not to try, and I only wish I had started in my 30s!
  11. Brandon Fracass

    Brandon Fracass New Member

    Ottoman Turk,

    I know I'm late to this forum however I hope your having a good time in Saudi Arabia. Just wanted to correct your post in regards to Montiese Peterson. He is not a black belt under Caique. I heard that he received his black belt however it was from someone else other than Caique.

    Brandon Fracassi
    Caique black belt
  12. m1k3jobs

    m1k3jobs Dudeist Priest

    I started BJJ at 55, I will soon be 58. Listen to your body, tap early and have fun.
  13. baloga41

    baloga41 New Member

  14. philosoraptor

    philosoraptor carnivore in a top hat Supporter

    I know a guy who started in his 50s and has cancer. It's all about pushing your own limits and having fun! :D
  15. Minutemed76

    Minutemed76 New Member

    Art martial club in Madina KSA ?


    I am a french citizen just arrived in Madina for the work (3 years contract).

    I dont want to stop martial art during a such long period, that is why I would like to know if there are some martial art club in this city.

    I am looking for BJJ or kick boxing, but is is not exist I will adapt, sport is too important for me. If you know a club there I am interested ;)



  16. khaled_moussa

    khaled_moussa New Member

    hi Mr mehdi yes we got BJJ I'm madina

    You are more than wellcome to contact me phone number removed as per the ToS

    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 5, 2016
  17. khaled_moussa

    khaled_moussa New Member

    Yeah we got kick boxing too
  18. Abdul haqq

    Abdul haqq New Member

    I lie in madinah and would love to learn Jiu Jitsu

    I Live in Al Madinah and would love to learn jiu jitsu where do you train?
  19. John Titchen

    John Titchen Still Learning Supporter

    Please take note of the MAP rules on soliciting for contact.

    If you engage here properly and gain enough posts you can use the PM function to exchange details. The purpose of the site is not for people to make two posts and exchange phone numbers. This isn't tinder.

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