World's Biggest BJJ Training Session Takes Place Despite Controversy

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Monday was the nation of Brazil's "Republic Day" and the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation celebrated by setting a Guinness World Record for the biggest Brazilian jiu-jitsu training session in history with 2700 participants. Held simultaneously at 14 locations around the UAE, the epicenter of the record attempt was the Brazil pavilion at the World Expo 2020 Dubai. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was in attendance to show his support.

The event was not without controversy though as human rights groups have raised concerns about the World Expo glossing over what they've called the UAE's abusive human rights record. Bolsonaro, himself, has recently been accused by his own senate of "crimes against humanity" for his handling of Brazil's COVID-19 crisis.

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