After winning the NJF 2016 Fight Night last year, Rob van Heijst proved he is the best Dutch combat player by winning the Dutch Juggling Championships 2017 combat tournament. In the final he beat Dave Leahy for the first time in 5 attempts, a rivalry going back to 2014.
Rob earned himself 250 rankings points, enough to climb two places in the FNC 52 Week Rankings to fourth overall.
Over in Canada, TurboFest hosted its first ever Fight Night, and for all 24 jugglers who entered it was also their first ever Fight Night. 12 made it into the knockout rounds, but not top qualifier Rafi Benjamin. An injury in the volleyclub tournament meant Chase Henson took the top seed.
Things didn't go according to plan for Chase, as he could only manage one knockout match win, ending up in fourth place after losing to Trevor Pearson in the third place match.
Joe earned himself 500 rankings points for winning the first National 500 tournament of the year. This puts him into first place in the 2017 Race Rankings, though as it's only the second week of January, he's got a long road ahead to stay there!
Both tournaments were live streamed, and you can watch all the action again by checking out the tournaments' media pages: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-Dutch-Juggling-Championships-2017-media.html
Thanks to Melissa Staugaard and Leanne Staugaard for running the Dutch tournament and to Benoit Duinat for organising the TurboFest Fight Night (despite being injured in the qualifications and missing the finals).
The next scheduled Fight Night at SpinFest down in Melbourne, Australia. See all other upcoming tournaments in 2017 over at the FightNightCombat.com website: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2017.html
For the 2017 Fight Night Combat season there will be two new tournament levels (425 and 175), but the way any tournament's level is decided has been simplified.
There are now four categories of tournament: Major, National, Standard and Minor.
Each non-Major tournament in the 2017 Calendar is listed at a provisional level, either as a National 500, Prestige 300 or Standard 250. It is then up to the tournament organizer to make sure their tournament meets eight requirements. For each requirement missed, the tournament drops a level.
So if a tournament is listed as a National 500, but there aren't 12 jugglers in the knockout, it will drop to a National 425 level. If it fails to meet a second requirement, like the matches aren't played to 5 points or the complete results aren't submitted promptly, it will drop to a National 350 level.
However, even if one or two requirements are missed, the tournament can avoid dropping down a level if it substantially exceeds other requirements.
A tournament listed as a Standard 250 could be bumped up to a Prestige 300 if it meets all the 250 requirements and also meets some requirements of a National level tournament, or meets some bonus requirements, like having a large number of highly ranked players.
This will hopefully encourage tournament organizers to put on the most fair and most entertaining event they can. Nobody wants their tournament to drop down to the Minor 175 level!
The formulas and rules for the two main Fight Night Combat rankings, the Race Rankings 2017 and the Current 52 Week Rankings, will otherwise be unchanged for 2017.
Read the new tournament level guide here: http://fightnightcombat.com/level-guide.html
More explanation for the level requirements are here: http://fightnightcombat.com/level-guide-requirements-explained.html
What do Quebec and Las Vegas have in common? No, not Cirque du Soleil, but combat juggling!
Both the WJF/SkillCon and TurboFest are hosting one-on-one combat tournaments, with Fight Night Combat ranking points on the line. Both tournaments have a provisional tournament level of 500 points.
Combat has been a fixture at the World Juggling Federation events for years now, with Josh Horton winning at the last solo tournament in 2014. He'll be returning to SkillCon this coming week to defend his title, but will face stiff competition from current world number 4 Julius Preu.
After many years of legendary late night melee combat sessions, TurboFest is hosting the first ever Fight Night in Canada. The convention begins on January 5th, with qualifications late night on Friday 6th January.
See the full (provisional) tournament calendar for 2017, currently with 54 tournaments listed, here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2017.html
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