JANUARY 22 – 2017 and the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) European Open has just passed. Held in Odivelas, Portugal (nearby Lisbon) the event has continuously grown and provided excellent matches throughout the years, proving the level of European talent has kept up with our sport’s evolution.
This year the black belt divisions were stacked with local talent. Particularly Polish, Spanish, Italian and Scandinavian athletes, all showing a high standard of grappling. A special note to Adam Wardzinski (Polish), Jesse Urholin (Finnish) and Paivi Aittamaa (Finnish) – all medallists in the adult black belt divisions for their respective countries with some really nice high-level performances.
On the United States front this was one of the best performances by the Northern Hemisphere squad in the history of the European Open. 5 American finalists with Kristina Barlaan, Tanner Rice, Alec Baulding, Gianni Grippo and also Mackenzie Dern who lead the way, being the only champion from the group.
Another angle worth mentioning in this year’s Euros was the variety of nationalities on the top 3 of this tournament (9), which we believe to be a record for a major IBJJF tournament at adult black belt. Below are the results of the finals in these BB divisions.
3rd Place: Guilherme Montenegro/ Vincent Nguyen
3rd Place: Hiago George / João Miyao
3rd Place: Gabriel Marangoni / Isaque Paiva
3rd Place: Andris Brunovskis / Masahiro Iwasaki
3rd Place: Isaque Bahiense / Jaime Canuto
3rd Place: Matheus Spirandeli / Vinicius Garcia
3rd Place: Adam Wardzinski / Jesse Urholin
3rd Place: Chris Bowe / Vitor Toledo
3rd Place: Carlos Farias / Gustavo Dias Elias
Serena Gabrielli defeated Outi Jarvilehto by way of Points 4×2 pts
Gezary Matuda defeated Kristina Barlaan by way of 15×0 pts
Mackenzie Dern defeated Emilie Thylin by way of referee decision
Beatriz Mesquita defeated Luiza Monteiro by way of advantages (0x0 pts)
Ana Carolina “Baby” Vieira defeated Paivi Aittamaa by way of slide-in choke from the back
Nathiely de Jesus defeated Ida “Xuxu” floisvil by way of choke
Claudia Do Val by WO
Tayane Porfirio defeated Venla Luukkonen by way of choke from the mount
OPEN WEIGHT/ABSOLUTO FINAL
Tayane Porfirio defeated Beatriz Mesquita by way of 1 advantage (0x0 pts)