Alexander Trans of Checkmat team in Copenhagen, Denmark can be considered the ruler of the European Championship. Four years, three belts and seven medals, six of which were gold. The now ultra-heavyweight black belt is only twenty-four years old and has already medaled at the most prestigious tournaments in his first year at the highest rank.
In 2010 and 2011 Trans was undefeated in every division he entered including both his weight and the absolute. His debut at black belt was the 2012 European Championship where he finished atop the podium with yet another gold from his continent’s tournament however this one held a little more weight being in the black belt division. This past Worlds in June he finished third in the ultra-heavy black belt division, sharing the podium with the best in the world.
Trans received his black belt from Leo Vieira in November 2011 after defeating everything he could in the major tournament seasons. These days he constantly looks to improve without focusing on the shiny medals but rather the skills he continuously builds upon. His current endeavor is the ADCC he prepares to face the giants in the over 99kg division.
See Alexander Trans in the ADCC European Trial last year: