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2013 Croatian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Preview & Predictions

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2013 Croatian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the best tournaments in the region.

Tournament date Saturday: 27/4/2013
Competitor registrations Until: 23/4/2013 23:59 (absolutely no registration will be accepted after)
Registrations will open on 30/3/2013 on http://www.crojj.org/
Schedule: Thursday 25/4/2013
Brackets: Friday 26/4/2013
Tournament location: Martinovka gym, Miramarska bb, Zagreb, Croatia

Prizes: Winners of the following category will be rewarded with Gameness JIU JITSU GI-s (black and brown, purple and female open class winners) and HOODIES (white, blue open class winners and best competitor)

Here are the preview and predictions for the Purple and Brown/Black belt divisions:

Male adult Purple -70.0kg

1. RUDNIČKI EDO BLACK DRAGON CROATIA
2. PALAC ANTE ROGER GRACIE ACADEMY SPLIT CROATIA

Edo Rudnicki will face Ante Palac in a lightweight battle.

Male adult Purple -76.0kg

1. KRAGIC MARIO * CROATIA
2. RAŠIĆ VELIMIR ALLIANCE BLACK DRAGON CROATIA
3. VODOPIJAK TOMISLAV BLACK DRAGON ZAGREB CROATIA
4. TÁBORI KRISTÓF GRACIE BARRA HUNGARY HUNGARY
5. JOKMANOVIC MARKO MATA LEAO BJJ PODGORICA MONTENEGRO


What might happen:
Tabori Kristof and Velimir Rasic are the 2 most experienced BJJ players in this division. Look for them to meet in the final.Reigning Champion: Velimir Rasic (2012)

Male adult Purple -82.3kg

1. MATULIĆ MARIN BLACK DRAGON SPLIT (ALLIANCE CROATIA) CROATIA
2. ERŽEN TEVŽ CARLOS MAIA BJJ SLOVENIA
3. ŽIVKOVIĆ DEJAN LUTADOR SERBIA
4. TOKIĆ IVOR RIO GRAPPLING CLUB BOSNA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Reigning Champion: Uros Domanovic (2012)

What might happen: With last year’s champion not here the final looks to set Tevz Erzen against Dejan Zivkovic.

Male adult Purple -88.3kg:

1. PETRICEVIC DEJAN EQUIPE FABRICIO MONTENEGRO
2. ERKAPIĆ MIRO LEO NEVES CROATIA CROATIA
3. ŽANIĆ HRVOJE LEO NEVES CROATIA HRVATSKA
4. RADULOVIC LUKA LUTADOR BJJ SERBIA

Reigning Champion: Djordje Kesic (2012)
What might happen: With last year’s champion not participating and having been recently promoted to brown, this should be as always a exciting division. This looks set for a final between Miro Erkapic and Luka Radulovic. It will be a rematch from their match at the BJJ East European Open in Februray where Radulovic won.

Male adult Purple -94.3kg:

1. VOJNOVIĆ DAVID ALLIANCE BLACK DRAGON CROATIA
2. ADAMIĆ MARIO BLACK DRAGON SPLIT (ALLIANCE CROATIA) CROATIA
3. TOKIC FRANO BLACK DRAGON ZAGREB CROATIA
4. BUDETIĆ VEDRAN LEO NEVES CROATIA CROATIA
5. TODORIĆ STIPE LUTADOR VG – BLACK DRAGON CROATIA
6. ALILOVIĆ ANTON ROGER GRACIE ACADEMY SPLIT HRVATSKA

Reigning Champion: Levente Varga (2012)

What might happen: Last year’s champion is now a brown belt. This is a stacked division . Look for for a final between Vedran Budetic and David Vojnovic. Budetic won first place at Serbian Open and Vojnovic won his division at the Hungarian Open. This should be a good clash of styles between Budetic’s heavy smashing style and Vojnovic’s tricky guard.

Male adult Purple -100.5kg:

1. NADAREVIĆ AŠA ALLIANCE BLACK DRAGON CROATIA
2. JOKMANOVIC MLADEN MATA LEAO BJJ PODGORICA MONTENEGRO

3rd place at Worlds blue belt, Asa Nadarevic will face experience traditional Jiu-jItsu and judo black belt Mladen Jokmanovic from Montenegro.

Male Purple Absolute:

Reigning Champion: Uros Domanovic (2012)

What might happen: With Last year’s champion not here. look for Asa Nadarevic, David Vojnovic, Luka Radilovic, Vedran Budetic, Mirko Erkapic to be contenders. Asa Nadarevic will be the heavy favorite to take the absolute title.

 

Male adult Brown & Black -76.0kg

1. RICARDO EDSON R RICARDO EQUIPE FABRICIO BJJ MNE MONTENGRO

Edson Ricardo “Alemao” will be alone in his division. look for him to shine ain the absolute.

Male adult Brown & Black -82.3kg

1. BORČIĆ NEVEN BLACK DRAGON ZAGREB CROATIA
2. VALJAREVIC MATEJA LUTADOR BJJ SERBIA
3. BUŠIĆ IVAN RAIJEN CROATIA

Reigning Champion: Zvonimir Ucovic (2012)
What might happen: With last year’s champion now competing in the weight class above, This looks like a final between Mateja Valjarevic vs Neven Borcic. Both have good guards so this should be a good interesting match up.

Male adult Brown & Black -88.3kg

1. UCOVIC ZVONIMIR BLACK DRAGON ZAGREB CROATIA
2. SOBOLIC MICHAL GRACIE BARRA PITBULL NITRA SLOVAKIA
3. HUNI GILE ZERJAL TEAM SERBIA

Reigning Champion: There wasn’t this division last year.
What might happen: These three were actually in the same division at the 2012 Hungarian Open. At that tournament Ucovic came first, Huni second and Sobolic third. Ucovic won his division at the last Serbian Open, Sobolic competed at the World Pro in Abu Dhabi and Huni came 2nd at the BJJ East European Open in February. This should a interesting division.

Male adult Brown & Black +88.3kg:

1. PLICHTA DARIO BLACK DRAGON (ALLIANCE CROATIA) CROATIA
2. ŠALINA DAMIR CHECKMAT CROATIA
3. VARGA LEVENTE GRACIE BARRA PIT HUNGARY
4. VIDAKOVIĆ DAMIR LEO NEVES CROATIA CROATIA
5. PASIC DINO RAIJEN CROATIA


Brown Adult Absolute:
Reigning Champion: Matko Kvesic (2012)
What might happen: With last year’s champion injured, this should be a interesting division. The advantage would have to go to Damir Salina who recently competed at the 2013 Europeans and won his first fight at black belt adult. Levente Varga won gold at the same Europeans at purple master, so is also dangerous. Damir Vidakovic has been less active in competition as of late but is always a threat. The final should probably be between Damir Salina and Levente Varga.

Reigning Champion: Zvonimir Ucovic (2012)

What might happen: Look for Zvonimir Ucovic and Damir Salina  to meet in the final.

 

 

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