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2016: IBJJF International Zürich Open

  BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE how it tastes to win or loose by Kimberlj Boehm   Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and belongs to the places with the highest standard of living worldwide. The term standard of living is the general well-being of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life. Individuals – those with individual passions and peculiarities, which leads us to the topic: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – a special individuality that flows through our veins, connect us deeply within and one another and for which we take emotional and physical hurdles again and again – because we love to do it! On May 9th and 10th, 2016 the annual IBJJF Zurich Open took place and the Pound For Pound Team went there with 15 fighters. For some it was the very first tournament, a few others extended their first experience in a new belt division, some of us fought in a totally new weight class and had to face opponents with different size and therefore new physics. Seen overall we all strove for the same objectives: exceed limits, control our thoughts, overcome fear, bring the best possible performance, test our skills, have fun, keep together and never give up! The most notable motivation for all of us was definitely our professor, Sergio ‚Canudo‘ Zimmermann, who due to an injury had to accept a loss after being undefeated for several years. Despite strong pain he fought for our team until the last second of the match. He made the 2nd place in his division, but he stepped off the mat as a winner. Most people would give up at...