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The UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan may be the most influential figure in Jiu-Jitsu whose last name isn’t Gracie.
Not much is known about the Jiu-Jitsu story of this BJJ black belt that has been training since the mid-90’s:
UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan regularly trains with all the top Jiu-Jitsu champions. He has them flown in for private sessions in his dojo:
They are pushing for BJJ in the Olympics: