UAE Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori, used to think traveling to space would be nearly impossible. However for this young man his dream came through!
When asked how children can prepare for an astronaut career, both astronauts said staying fit is a crucial part of the job.
Al Neyadi said practising jiu-jitsu has been a major advantage in his astronaut training, as it helps him in the centrifuge, a machine where you have to tolerate up to eight or nine times of your weight hitting against your chest.
This is just one handy advantage of UAE’s jiu jitsu in schools program!
“Abu Dhabi is one of the worldwide capitals of jiu-jitsu,” says Yasmin Sewgobind, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu teacher of Dutch and Indian descent, who now lives in Abu Dhabi. “Jiu-jitsu was my primary reason for moving to the UAE.”
Abdul Munam Al Hashimi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation, told theguardian.com “jiu-jitsu is a curriculum in more than 100 schools, there are more than 15 official jiu-jitsu centers that are under the supervision of the UAEJJF, and we are also currently working on building seven new jiu-jitsu centers across the UAE.”
“The passion was there from the beginning. I remember buying small telescopes and pointing to the brightest stars. I visited the Science Event by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) back in 2017 and I took my daughter with me. Hopefully, she’ll be an astronaut in the future,” Al Neyadi said to khaleejtimes.
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