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European Championships 2024 Announcement - April 29, 2024

Save the date: Saturday 30th November!!!

This year we have the sports hall for a full 10 hours of three club combat and open juggling (10am to 8pm) so we have time for lots more than just a single tournament! Even if you didn't get an invite to the main event, everyone is welcome to join in with Team combat, Zombie combat, melee combat and more.

The venue is Grundshule Wildau - (google maps, closest public transport connection is S-Bahn Wildau).

Preliminary schedule:

10:00 - 11:00 - Open melee combat / open juggling.

11:00 - 13:00 - Team combat tournament (mixed doubles).

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch break / open juggling.

14:00 - 15:30 - European Championships Open and Women's group stage matches.

16:00 - 17:30 - The European Championships 2023 Open and Women's knockout matches (hopefully live-streamed on YouTube and/or Instagram).

18:00 - 20:00 - Zombie Combat / open juggling.

20:00 - Dinner.

22:00 - Party.

Player Qualification

An automatic invite into the European Championships Open tournament is extended to the winners of the four Major Tournaments (typically the British, Netherlands, Berlin, and EJC Fight Nights), as long as they live in Europe and have taken part in at least two other tournaments in the 2024 season.

On November 4th 2024, the top 7 players in the 2024 Open Race Rankings will receive a direct invite, so long as they live in Europe and have taken part in at least three tournaments in the 2024 season.

The eighth invite is held open for a wildcard entry, and will be awarded to a highly ranked player who doesn't meet the previous invite criteria (eg. Wes Peden in 2019 for winning the EJC but not taking part in any other tournament, Yaron Davidovich in 2022 for being highly ranked but living outside of Europe). If a wildcard invite isn't needed or a suitable juggler can't be found, the 8th ranked juggler in the Open Race Rankings will be invited. If they aren't available, a wildcard tournament will be held at the European Championships event in advance of the main tournament.

Qualification into the Women's tournament will follow the same rules, based on the 2024 Womens Race Rankings.

Participation in the Team Combat tournament will be finalised on the day. The tournament is for mixed doubles pairings. The plan for the tournament structure is group stage qualifying (seeded by the combined rankings of the players), followed by a knockout tournament with the top eight teams.

New Number One Ranked Player - April 15, 2024

Congrats to Jasper Moens for reaching RANK ONE in the Fight Night Combat 52 week rankings!

To claim the top spot he had to win Fight Nights at the EJC 2023 Lublin, BJC 2024, and Israel 2023, plus get second place at the European Championships 2023 and third at the NJF 2023.

Jasper replaces his biggest rival in the top spot! Bas Van de Kerkhof! Jasper and Bas have faced each other 10 times, including in six tournament final matches, with Bas leading their head-to-head with eight wins to two losses, although Jasper did win when it counted the most; in the EJC 2023 final.

Bas spent 80 weeks at number one in total, having first reached the top spot in May 2022.

Jasper joins just four* other competitors to hold the top spot in the rankings:

  • Jochen Pfeiffer in 2013 - 2022
  • Luke Burrage in 2013 - 2019
  • Julius Preu in 2019 only
  • Bas Van de Kerkhof in 2022 - 2024

* Four more jugglers held the number one spot during covid-effected years when the tournament schedule was greatly reduced and no major tournaments were counted in the rankings:

  • Krzysztof Kostera in 2021
  • Ilya Polyakov in 2021
  • Alexander Inozemtsev in 2021
  • Kilian Maidhof in 2022

Kilian and Krzysztof are currently third and sixth in the 52 week rankings, so the top spot is again within their reach, as long as they each manage to win one or two major tournament finals.

European Championships 2023 - Dec. 5, 2023

Thanks to everyone who made the European Championships 2023 a great success!!!

Thanks to everyone who qualified and made it to the event. That's eight jugglers in the open category and eight jugglers in the women's category. Thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the event, particularly Juliane Kunzendorf.

And a big thanks to all our Patreon supporters, who provided enough funding to pay for the hire of the sports hall, catering and hosting costs, and contributed to the travel expenses of international competitors. If you'd like to help next year's event run smoothly, please consider becoming a Patreon supporter here: patreon.com/lukeburrage

Check out the highlights videos before reading the tournament results:

Congratulations to Paula Mühlmeyer for winning the 2023 Women's Tournament without losing a single match (10 wins, 0 losses), and taking the year-end number one spot in the 2023 Women's Rankings. Callie Lawrie took second at the European Championships and in the year-long rankings.

Bas Van de Kerkhof won the Open Tournament, and also ends the year as number one in the 2023 Open Rankings. In 2023 he also won the NJF and BJC Major tournaments, along with wins at Dortmund and Konvensie.

Jasper Moens ends the year in second place, with most of his points coming from wins at the EJC and Israel and his second place at the European Championships.

Jon Peat won the 2023 British Series, which determined the top combat player based purely on tournaments in the UK, and earned an automatic invite to the European Championships, though he would have qualified for the Open Tournament anyway. He secured seventh place at the tournament with three wins in group stage, and ends the year sixth in the Open Rankings.

Thanks again, and look out for exciting news about the 2024 season and tournament calendar!

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