ADCC European Trials 2005 – 5 Champions bound for the World Championships

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ADCC European Trials 2005Saturday, January 25th saw the second edition of the European Trials for ADCC 2005 occur in Stockholm, Sweden. The elvel of competition in Europe seems to be exp?oding, as a noticeable jump in depth and quality was noticed in the 16 man fields of each tournament. The champions are listed below. 2005 ADCC European Trials Champions-65.9kg – Toni Kr?ger. Finland HJJK-76.9kg – Martin Lindqvist. Sweden Hilti BJJ Stockholm-87.9kg – Marko Helen. Finland TJJK-98.9kg – Alistair Overeem. Holland Tatsujin Dojo+98.9kg – Mustafa Al Turk. U.K Shootfighting LondonIn the under 65.9 division, Toni Kr?ger of Finland avenged his loss in the finals of the 2003 Trials, against fellow countryman Teemu Lainus. Kroger used a solid, methodial game to stay ahead of his opponents throughout the day.Martin Lindqvist of Sweden reigned supreme in the 76.9 kilo class, winning with lightning fast arm bars in two matches, as well as finishing Iranian world class wrestler Kamal Sholurus with a triangle. Lindqvist was considered the most technical fighter of the event in the eyes of many of the judges.Marko Helen of Finland took out defending Trials champion Robert Sulski with a rear named choke in the finals.Surprise of the day went to PRIDE fighter Alistair Overeem, who submitted all of his opponents using a guillotine. One of the judges stated `He is a talented athlete, and everyone knows him as a standup fighter, so it was a surprise to see him so relaxed at the submission game. Certainly 4 submissions sends a messaage??.In the heavyweight division, Mustafa Al Turk of the UK worked hard throughout his bouts, emerging the champion with a submission in the finals over Ricardo Wondel.More to come from this event in the days to come!

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