Year after year, victory after victory, we are always getting bigger, stronger, and better! The first half of the year has now officially passed which mostly consisted of us achieving goals and winning together as one team (business as usual). But 2016 is far from over! As we enter the second half of the year, we look back once more at our successes for the past 7 months, celebrate them, and then continue on STRONG, bearing in mind that we carry the name of the BIGGEST and BEST team in Asia on our backs!
Rollapalooza 1st Grand Prix
Rollapalooza is a local BJJ competition known for it’s chill vibe and atmosphere where practitioners from different teams are able to gather, mingle, and appreciate the art that is our sport. Early on in 2015, the organizers of said event decided to do something that has not yet been done in the history of Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines: Hold a Grand Prix. The 2 Rollapalooza Grand Prix Qualifiers were held last year, and as expected, a bunch of our DEFTAC competitors made it to the podium with shiny medals around their necks, fully qualified for the next and final round!
The day of the Grand Prix arrived and our DEFTAC competitors did not disappoint! 3 got the Gold: Gerard Gallos, Michelle Masuda, and Franco Rulloda took home the ultimate prize, being crowned the best in the country for their respective divisions. 8 took home the Bronze namely Amir Arias, Jam Cantos, Gian Fontanilla, Carl Fontiveros, Efraim Gomez, Patricia Gomez, Joey Lepiten, and Sam Nepomuceno.
UNDEFEATED FOR 6 YEARS!!!
The Pan Asian International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open is an annual competition held in our country which usually takes place in the middle of the year. It is the most prestigious event for BJJ practitioners in South East Asia. Exciting fights ensue with only the best of the best duking it out for the prized title of Pan Asian Champion along with a shiny Gold medal.
2016 marks DEFTAC’s 20th anniversary and we definitely stood up and fought HARD as one FAMILY, proving to everyone that this is yet again OUR YEAR!!! The official Team Tally doesn’t lie! For Masters Gi & No Gi, Kids, and Adults No Gi, we are ranked #1, giving us the title of OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS for the 6th consecutive year! — This DOMINATION would not have been possible without the joint effort of ALL our CHAPTERS, both new and old who have been and are producing champions EVERYDAY!!!
World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championships 2016
Every BJJ practitioner dreams of travelling to the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach, California to compete at the grandest stage of them all- The Worlds!
This year we had the largest Philippine Mundials contingent. Leading the pack is Maybelline Masuda who is the first Filipina World Champion. Along with her were multiple time National champions, Kimberly Custodio, Gian Fontanilla, Gerard Gallos, Jan Hao, Michelle Masuda, and JR Rulloda. THAT’S RIGHT, 7 DEFTAC WARRIORS, SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT WAS UP.
All of our DEFTAC competitors worked their hardest in preparation for battle and fought valiantly when the day came. In the end, we had not 1 but 2 podium finishers! Kimberly Custodio brought home silver for the Women’s White Belt Roosterweight division and Maybelline Masuda brought home bronze for the Women’s Purple Belt division.
URCC 27: Rebellion
Red Romero and Chris Hofmann
In victory and defeat, we are always PROUD of our DEFTAC warriors!
Chris Hofmann went toe to toe with URCC veteran and knockout King, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria, exchanging powerful blows from beginning to end. After two action-packed rounds, our very own Hofmann emerged VICTORIOUS and was crowned the new URCC Light Heavyweight Champion!!
URCC Fight Night
Chris Hofmann and Jericho Tomagan
For URCC’s first Fight Night event of the year, we sent out 2 of our DEFTAC warriors with 1 leaving the cage TRIUMPHANT!
Amidst the hype for Baron Geisler vs. Kiko Matos, our very own Chris Hofmann put on quite the show in the main event against Arvin Chan who cockily challenged him online to a one on one bout. Our URCC Light Heavyweight Champion gladly accepted and destroyed him in 2 rounds, winning via TKO via referee stoppage!
Fight Con Philppines 2016
For the first fight and conditioning convention in the country, our own Franco Rulloda and Vince Ortiz were each asked to participate in a super fight. If you know us, none of our DEFTAC warriors ever turn down the opportunity to show the World why we are the best! V
The unstoppable duo gave fight fans an explosive show of talent, skill, and technique, both overwhelming their respective opponents and leaving the building VICTORIOUS! Our own Gabby Alipe was also in attendance with a few of his band Urbandub’s well-known song numbers for the crowd.
IT DOESN’T END THERE…..
We’ve got a whole jam packed 2nd half of the year ahead, with these DEFTAC FAMILY AFFAIRS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Deftac Competition Field Trip to [ASIAN OPEN – TOKYO JAPAN] – Sept 10-11, 2016
Xande Ribeiro SEMINAR – Sept 17 (TENTATIVE)
DEFTAC Congress – Oct 28-30, 2016
and MUCH MORE…
PS. LET’S DO THIS!!!
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