Eight-time world ju-jitsu champion Amal Amjahid, a Belgian of Moroccan origin, had to settle for a bronze medal at the UAEFIJ 2021 World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. After several cancellations, the champion is happy to finally get back to the adrenaline of competition.
Amal Amjahid finally returned to competition last Friday at the UAEFIJ World Ju-Jitsu Championships. These events had been cancelled three times in 2020 before being postponed in early April 2021. This was the first competition for the Moroccan-born Belgian since January 2020, due to the Covid-19 health crisis. Amal Amjahid, 25, from the C.E.N.S Academy club, took bronze in the brown belt, in the -55kg category.
« After the very complicated period I went through, I tell myself, in the end, that I made the right decision by going to Abu Dhabi. I found myself again », explains Amal Amjahid, who took the opportunity to reveal her decision to leave the French-speaking ju-jitsu federation, the FFJJ. « I had a big conflict with some people in the federation which led me to resign. For my mental health, it was better this way, because I didn’t feel well at all », reports bx1.
With this departure, Amal Amjahid will no longer be able to participate in competitions organised by the JJIF, one of the three international ju-jitsu federations. She confirms that she will participate in the next professional events of the other two federations, if the health crisis allows it. « And I continue to represent Belgium, because I simply love my country, » she insists.
For the moment, the French Federation of Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo and Associated Disciplines (FFJJ), has not commented on this departure.