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German Open 2010 and Ethiopian Team

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The Ethiopian Team has participated in the German Open 2010 for the first time. It has been considered a great success for Ethiopia and Africa, to compete against high performance athletes from different countries. To our surprise, the first opponent of Athlete Behaylu Mequanint was Athlete Mario Staller from Germany, who held both World Champion and World Combat Champion titles. Athlete Mario won the second place in this German open (Weight class -77 kg from 25 competitors). That was honour and challenge for the Ethiopian Team. Despite lack of international experience the Ethiopian Team showed self confidence, good performance and endurance. We earned also that we have to internalize and master not only the techniques but also the rules of JJIF fighting system, which is very important for the World Championship in St. Petersburg.

Athlete Behaylu won his match at the next "Day of newcomers", which is only for amateurs without ranking.

JJIF African Union AASC