The IBJJF London Fall Open 2023 took place on October 15th and 16th, 2023 and some of the best grapplers from all around Europe traveled to the United Kingdom to compete. Kjetil Lydvo put in some seriously impressive performances on the first day in the gi, as he managed to win gold in both the ultra-heavyweight division and the absolute. He defeated some tough competition at ultra-heavyweight and had to beat Jackson Sousa in the final match of the absolute division, shortly after he had won gold in his own division at heavyweight. In the final heavier division it was Catriel Rodrigues who emerged victorious, standing on top of the podium at super-heavyweight after beating top English competitor Bradley Hill in the final.
Rodrigues returned on the second day to compete in no gi, and this time he was able to win both the super-heavyweight division and the absolute after he beat Lydvo in the final. Sousa returned as well, winning another gold medal in the heavyweight division. There was plenty of action in the lighter weight classes on both days as well, with Lucas Protasio winning gold at middleweight in both gi and no gi while beating Max Lindblad in the final of the former. ADCC 2022 veteran Sam McNally made an appearance too and although he won gold at featherweight in no gi, he had to settle for a silver medal in the gi after losing to Min-Ho Yoon. Kamil Wilk is another top no gi grappler who stepped on the mats, and he came away with a gold medal from the lightweight division.
There were some top female grapplers in attendance at the IBJJF London Fall Open 2023 as well, and it was Astrid Scholin who managed to win the gi absolute division after taking a default gold medal at middleweight. She beat lightweight gold medalist Nadine Tavares in the final, although Tavares was able to come back the second day and win the no gi absolute division. The featherweight no gi division had a fun final match too, as Fiona Middleton beat Ashley Bendle to take home the gold medal.