The world champions had a hard time
Berlin remains for the men and women Ü30 a proven venue, the martial arts school in the monastery garden (KiK) in particular. The organizers of the 1st German Championships for Judokas above 30 have also hosted four times since 2005. The KiK organized the second edition of the Cosmopolitan Judo Masters tournament last Saturday, February 16th. Still new in popularity, it had been remarkably well perceived in Europe. After all, fighters from Finland, Ireland, Hungary and the Ukraine could be entered in the start lists among the 60 players, mainly from the German federal states. Among
them were ex-world champion, World Cup medalist, European champion and even the IJF referee with A-license Aleksander Gritsunjak from the Ukraine. It was on two mats a small entertaining tournament with great technical level and a lot of reunion joy of women and men. Because all participants with the best memory on the trip home, this cosmopolitan titled event gives courage to carry on, as KiK CEO Reinhard Bunk concluded as an idea generator. It should become a German traditional tournament, preferably always in February. Jens-Peter Bischof, DJB representative for the Ü30-assets, thinks that's great as well. There are now everywhere in Germany such tournaments of the elderly. Only the month of February has so far been little occupied. "I hope that the number of participants, of course, is still growing," said the former World and European champion from the Berlin club RANDORI, who also belonged to the winners in the Mett sports hall on Gormannstraße. The other two former World Champions Simone Glenz (Hennigsdorfer JV) and Wolfgang Löffler (TuS Bad Aibling) had to settle for second places. Löffler had against the former Vice World Champion Dieter Steinberg (KiK) the disadvantage. Both Simone Glenz and Wolfgang Löffler and the Wittenberger Olaf Rodewald spoke out, like many others, that this tournament should find a sequel with even more participation in February.
Author: Karl-Heinz Otto