Danish Championships in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
October 25th 2003 martial arts history was written as the first ever Danish Championships
in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was held in the beautiful city of Elsinore.
excellent event was initiated and organised by Kasper Joergensen who runs the
Jorguenson Jiu-jitsu Academia, BEHRING/Denmark. A lot of credit goes out to Kasper
and his crew for organising this event and pushing martial arts and especially
BJJ further into the right direction in Denmark.
event was a small event but it was run in a professional matter and the atmosphere
was professional but relaxed with everybody in attendance mingling with each other.
The champions were found through a single-elimination style tournament refereed
by brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu João Pedro Tinoco.
every academy practising the BJJ style had entered the tournament in Denmark
there is les than ten BJJ-schools with Jorguenson Jiu-jitsu Academia, BEHRING/Denmark
being the school that has practised the art the longest in Denmark. The schools
- Combat Sports
Alliance / Masters Team http://www.mmaalliance.com
Fighting Gym - http://www.shootersinternational.org/
/ Modern Arnis Copenhagen http://www.mikenta.dk
- Jorguenson Jiu-Jitsu
Academia - http://www.b-jj.dk/
the BIG surprise of the day was the MMA Alliance / Masters Team from Copenhagen
who entered their fighters les than a week prior to the tournament and basically
won everything. The only division the team didnt win was the -80 kilos division
as the only MMA Alliance / Masters Team-fighter in this category was in London
for the London Open BJJ Championships together with team member Nic Osei: Both
fighters won gold and Nic Osei won the Absolute division as well.
team was headed by 2003 Brown Belt Division Senior World Champion Peter Blackwell
and Robert "Bobby" Sundel who is the 2003 Blue Belt Division Senior World Champion
and 2003 Absolute Division Senior World Champion.
the matches were fought at a very high pace. Each fight consisted of a 6 minute
round whereas the finals were 10 minutes. No fights were stalled and several sweet
submissions were executed and this caused the spectators to scream and shout to
show their approval and support. Even though there was a high competitive feeling
about each fight no bad blood was drawn and everything basically just went very
Being that BJJ
is still young in Demark a lot of the participants have several years of submission
wrestling and fighting experience and it was cool to see Tim Winther and
Sune Bjerglund from Advance Fighting Gym (a Shooters International affiliate)
sharing ONE gi as this is normally not their game. Both guys eventually took home
a bronze medal: Tim Winther in the tough Absolute class and Sune Bjerglund in
the -90 kilos division.
the -70 kilos division Julian Kim Nguen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team) won all
his fights by exhibiting strong ground control. Nguen had an extremely tough fight
in the final against Sula Ampom (Jorguenson Jiu-Jitsu Academia) but at the end
Nguens ground work was too solid for the Elsinorian and Julian Kim Nguen was awarded
the first ever winner of the -70 kilos division in BJJ.
-80 kilos division had several skilled fighters! Michael "Matsui" Pedersen (Jorguenson
Jiu-Jitsu Academia) and Christian Graugart (Combat Sports Academy) were the best
practitioners on this day and after a really exciting final round with 10 minutes
of beautiful technical skills from both sides with loads of submission attempts
and several sweeps Pedersen got the well-deserved decision.
Mochizuzi (MMA Alliance / Masters Team) won the -90 kilos-division after fighting
a close war with Thomas LaCour (Combat Sports Academy). Mochizuzi showed superior
ground-control and kept his calm through the whole fight with LaCour never giving
up and constantly trying to pull off a finishing move but there was no mercy from
the skilful and talented Mochizuzi who won a hard fought final on points.
the +90 kilos division there was no denying the strong MMA Alliance / Masters
Team as they took all the medals.
the final Thomas Larsen had a huge weight disadvantage as his training buddy Trey
Hooper out-weighed him with about 35 kilos! Hooper fought an intelligent fight
using his weigh advantage and pure strength choking the relatively in-experienced
(only 3 months of BJJ-training!) and much smaller Larsen causing the tap out courtesy
of a gi-choke (Ezekiel-choke).
the final of the absolute division Tray Hooper (MMA Alliance / Masters Team) faced
another academy friend in Joachim Christensen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team). Now
it was time to get even from the semi final in the +90 kilos division.
most of this match the two tall, heavy and very strong fighters fought for takedowns.
Christensen was not intimidated by the much larger Hooper and tried early on with
a nice hip toss which Hooper defended nicely by quickly re-balancing. Later in
the fight consisting of a 10 minute round Hooper was caught off balance by Christensen
who quickly scored a takedown. Both fighters scrambled to their feet and the experienced
Christensen got the takedown once again and swiftly secured an arm bar on Hooper
leaving him no other option than to tap out.
results of the first annual Danish Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships:
Champion: Julian Kim Nguen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Kim Ampom (Jorguenson Jiu-Jitsu Academia)
place: Ulrik Schilling (Jorguenson Jiu-Jitsu Academia)
Champion: Michael Pedersen (Jorguenson Jiu-Jitsu Academia)
place: Christian Graugart (Combat Sports Academy)
place: Martin Skjoedt (Mikenta / Modern Arnis Copenhagen)
Champion: Shimon Mochizuzi (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Thomas LaCour (Combat Sports Academy)
place: Sune Bjerglund Nielsen (Advanced Fighting Gym)
Champion: Tray Hooper (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Thomas Larsen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Joachim Christiansen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Joachim Christensen (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Tray Hooper (MMA Alliance / Masters Team)
place: Tim Winther (Advanced Fighting Gym)