Flashback: When Faisal Al Ketbi Won His First Major Black Belt Gold Medal

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Faisal Al Ketbi of the UAEJJ Team won his first major gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam in November when he became champion of the -83kg black belt division. 

This marked Faisal's long-awaited breakthrough moment, his first gold medal at a major jiu-jitsu tournament in the black belt ranks. 

For Faisal, it was the result of some big changes and a lot of hard work. With the assistance of coach Roberto Gordo, Faisal dropped down a division (from -94kg to -85kg in the gi or -83kg no-gi). 

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam goes down on January 13-14, with no-gi on Friday and gi on Saturday streaming LIVE on FloGrappling.

Al Ketbi competes this weekend in the both gi and no-gi divisions in his hometown of Abu Dhabi. Can he repeat his feat? 

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