5/2/2022 By: Danny O'Donnell
Many of Europe’s best jiu-jitsu athletes gathered in Dublin this past weekend for the Dublin International Open. The gi and no-gi event featured representatives of Gracie Barra, ECJJA, BJJ Revolution Team, ZR Team, and Carlson Gracie Team. Many European black belts participated in the event to earn points for the 2022 Worlds and gain experience prior to the biggest tournament on the calendar. Tommy Langaker, Tarik Hopstock, Gabriela Fechter, Max Lindblad, Johnif Rocha, Pablo Mantovani, and Igor Silva all competed in Ireland.
In the adult black belt middleweight division, it was Tarik Hopstock of Frontline Academy that took home gold. After winning his weight division Tarik jumped into the open class. Tarik won four fights with three submissions, coming away with his first open class gold medal as a black belt and his second on the day.
Lightweight Larissa Paes da Silva of R1NG BJJ won both the black belt lightweight division and the open class. Larissa had one match in the lightweight division and two matches in the open class to take home double gold.
The standout team of the event was the East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy, ECJJA. The Dublin-based association won gi and no-gi team titles. ECJJA featherweight Sam McNally won the featherweight division in the gi. Shane Fishman won medium-heavy gold in both gi and no-gi, helping to propel the team to its titles.
Tommy Langaker of Kimura BJJ team won the no-gi middleweight division after winning two matches. They were his first no-gi matches in four years. Thomas Bracher of Gracie Barra won double gold in no-gi, winning both the super heavy and open class divisions.
2022 Dublin International Open team results:
2022 Dublin International No-Gi Open team results: