German Judo Open tournament, organized under the auspices of the World Judo Federation, was held in Essen on June 08th 2013. Eight national teams have participated, with very strong competitors from Germany, Sweden, USA, Netherlands and Great Britain, as well as with representatives from Serbia, Greece and Belgium. In a competition of about 200 athletes, the team of Serbian Budo Council won three medals. Gold in division of U17 girls was won by Andjela Pavlovic. Silver in heavyweight black belts divission is won by Milos Stojilkovic, and bronze in the middleweight division is won by Kosta Bobic. In the battle for the bronze medal Milos Jovanovic and Ivan Blagojevic lost their matches, but with congratulations for their performance. Milos Stijakovic placed 5-8th in his category.
Team of SBC, as a representative of Serbia in WJF, has been invited to intercontinental judo championship in Mexico January 2014. and the WJF World Championships in June 2014th.
During this tournament president of Serbian Budo Council, Dr. Ivica Zdravkovic, has met with leaders of several national teams, receiving their announcement of participation on future tournaments of SBC and ISA. Support to the activities of BSS was also expressed by the president of MAIF and General secretary of WJF, Dr. Paul Hoglund. Beside him, we have arrival to Serbia announced from sensei Steve Scott of USA, founder of "Freestyle Judo Association," and also from the host of German Open, sensei Stephan Leifeld.
BSS team is most grateful to Mr. Ismail Geyik, owner and coach of Kampfkunstschule Düsseldorf, and to his assistant, Mr. Daniel, for their warm hospitality and help with accommodatio for team of SBC.