Princess Sumaya University for Technology won three gold medals in the ninth edition of the National Jiu-jitsu Championship, which was held at the Amman Baccalaureate School. The competition was organized by the Jordan Jiu-Jitsu Federation, and saw the participation of 300 players from Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, and Brazil.
In the competition, PSUT student Laith Kayyali took the gold in the 77 kg weight category, while Tareq Muwahed won gold in the 85 kg category, and Hazem Kayyali took gold in the 94 kg classification.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, congratulated the winning students, expressing her pride in an achievement that highlights PSUT’s outstanding and singular record in a range of local and international forums. Her Highness thanked everyone who contributed to every victory that makes the University a leader in academic, sports and cultural arenas.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, praised the winners, noting that the University was the first to organize a tournament for Jordanian universities in this sport. He pointed out that the outstanding nature of PSUT and its students is not limited to scientific and academic fields, but also extends to extracurricular and sports activities that help in developing students' skills and abilities, and promoting their sense of belonging to the University. This advances the realization of the aspirations of Her Highness, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, regarding the need to support young people in various aspects of life.
It is noteworthy that PSUT student Hamza Al-Rasheed has already achieved victory at the Jiu-jitsu World Championships in 2017, and was subsequently decorated with two gold medals at the World Championships in Thailand in 2019. That competition was attended by more than 208 players representing 14 countries. Sameh Abu Ragheb, also a student at PSUT, won the silver medal for the over 94 Kg weight category at the 2019 Asian Championships in Mongolia.
Jiu-jitsu, a name which translates literally as ‘the art of flexibility’, is a traditional Japanese style of martial art.