Archive for September, 2013

EBC Philippines or Escola Brasileira Capoeira Philippines is the country’s top school to learn Capoeira from. Aside from that, they will also teach you about its history, and its philosophy, and most importantly, about the Brazilian culture that it was cultivated from. They are the first official school in the Philippines with instructors that come from their main school in Brasilia Brazil.

Capoeira is a beautiful Brazilian martial art that incorporates the elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. While it is very much like a choreographed presentation to the untrained eye, it is filled with movements that can be used in real-world self defense. With its variety of kicks and spins coupled with sweeps, low attacks and high attacks, it is a martial art that is just as effective as it is beautiful especially when the cartwheels and other acrobatic moves meant to evade an attack is demonstrated by the masters. It is truly an art that is complex but is, and can be very enjoyable to learn and practice.

This October 05, 2013 at 10am we will be holding a free Capoeira seminar to be led by none other than EBC Philippines’ Mestre Fantasma and Instrutora Adorinha, here at the B.A.M.F. Center. This is to introduce to everyone who are interested the wonders of Capoeira and to get them to start on their journey in this beautiful martial art as starting October we are going to begin to offer classes to those who want to learn Capoeira from the best people who can teach it in this country every 10am on Saturdays.

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Join us this Saturday at the B.A.M.F. MMA Center and learn more about Capoeira and Brazilian Culture. Special discounts and gift cards will be given to those people who will be attending this very exciting and momentous event!

See you at 10am on October 5, 2013 at the B.A.M.F.MMA Center!

By Alfred Gealogo

This coming September 22, 2013 approximately at 7:00 pm the Academy Fighting Championship which is better known as the AFC in partnership with the URCC, our country’s premiere and Asia’s longest running MMA promotion is bringing us URCC-AFC 7 Fight Night to be staged at the Pacita Astrodome in San Pedro Laguna.

This event will pit the best amateur MMA practitioners from different gyms and academies we have in the region against each other so that we can find out who the next young MMA standout is. It’s good practice and both the AFC and URCC believes that we need to develop the fighters from the grassroots level if we want it to make the sport even bigger in the Philippines. Hopefully more will come out of this partnership as the AFC qualifiers held at the B.A.M.F. MMA Center last July 27, 2013 proved to be something that the fans really enjoyed.

Headlining URCC-AFC 7 is Deftac-RIbeiro’s JR “The Infamous” Rulloda vs. Solomon “The Prodigy” Dultra of Tough Guys International. I don’t know a lot about “The Prodigy” but I like to believe such nick names aren’t given out lightly so I’m thinking “The Infamous” will have his hands full and he will need to step up his training for this one. What I do know is that JR Rulloda comes from a family of fighters starting from his Dad Noel Rulloda (who can kick my ass even if I am much younger than him) who is an excellent boxing practitioner and striking coach, and his brother Franco Rulloda who is one of Deftac’s most talented BJJ practitioners and is also a talented MMA fighter.

Also fighting for Deftac will be Jericho Tomagan and Dale Corpus.  Jericho made a bloody mess of his opponent during the qualifiers and though he is very tough in the stand-up game, he is no slouch on the ground either. He is a Blue Belt in BJJ under Prof. Alvin Aguilar and his fight will surely be one of the most exciting ones to watch. Dale Corpus is one of B.A.M.F. MMA Center’s pioneer MMA students. Unlike other MMA fighters who usually have a striking or grappling based game, Dale did not have any background in fighting when he joined Deftac and he is one of the new breed of fighters who are truly MMA trained from the get go. He won impressively in the qualifiers and this next challenge to win in the URCC-AFC 7 will prove if he truly has what it takes to take it to the next level.

With AFC events happening every other month, we’ve got more and more opportunities to develop our home grown champions. Things are looking up for our DEFTAC Amateur and Professional fighters with a great MMA training team backing up our MMA Head Coach Rain Balibalos. To name a few alongside Prof. Alvin Aguilar are Richard Lasprilla, Lino Tagacay, Myron Mangubat, Hideo Morikawa, Red Romero, and Vincent Palicte are among the people seen training our fighters at The Factory of Champions– and if you follow the Real Philippine MMA Scene, these names are no stranger to you, so watch out!

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We hope to see everyone at the Pacita Astrodome to cheer for our team mates who will be fighting not only for themselves but for all of us!

By: Alfred Gealogo

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“I never imagined there would ever be this many girls training consistently and regularly in BJJ.” says May Masuda, Deftac’s first Lady Purple Belt who heads the Girls Team at BAMF MMA Center. Ms. Masuda is the first ever Filipino to win a Gold Medal at World Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is effectively the country’s first ever world champ. “Our girls are so technical and they are willing to work harder than everybody else. It’s no surprise they learn so fast that I am not kidding when I say they can give our men’s team a run for their money. I am so happy and proud of what we have accomplished. We are only going to get better.” She adds.

In the recently concluded Philippine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Nationals the women of Deftac definitely made themselves heard. The likes of Sandra De Las Alas, Paula Ditona, Alexandria Natividad, Kat Del Rosario, Abigail Limbonhai and Charmaine Singson showed everyone that there was a new force to come out of Deftac. These ladies went on the podium and kicked ass in their divisions even if sometimes there was some shady scoring against them. Also earlier this year, Florence Soliman of Deftac-Cebu made her 2nd splash at the Pan Asians and dominated against her competition. She showed everybody why our team down south is the most respected in that region. Jasmine Cuizon joined May Masuda this year, training for the World BJJ Championship; she came home with great experience and a Gold Medal from Naga. Others such as Cat Lonzame, Jamillah Dilabakun, Dastine Sumatra, Jam Cantos, Pauline Bolos, Hanna Son and many others, are starting to show everyone that they are truly part of this team of Champions.

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Significant others are also joining in on the fun. Besides, the Alvin Lee and Alex Natividad tandem, there’s Allan Co, long heralded as one of Deftac’s most talented members and one of the first URCC Champions, now has his wife competing on the mats alongside him: Jolly Co recently won the Gold medal at this year’s Deftac In-House Competition. While MC Aquino who is Bart Bartolome’s reason for having very happy Facebook Statuses won the Silver Medal.  And of course, Andrew Laxa and girlfriend Angela Ongkeko have been seen for a long time in different Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions together hauling medals when they go home.

So the girls are here to stay and that can only be a good thing for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the country.

Wrestling for Girls is now being offered at B.A.M.F. MMA Center!

By: Alfred Gealogo

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Last Saturday August 31, 2013 was a great day for our Girls Team as they upgraded their Wrestling game by learning from the best female Coach Tina Vergara of WAP. It is no secret that Wrestling is one of our team’s greatest weapons on the mat and is one of the main reasons why we do so well in BJJ Tournaments as well as in MMA.

Coach Tina, a multiple SEA Games gold medalist has represented our country time and time again in training abroad and competing. Thanks to her and her 21 years of experience beginning when she was only 14 years old, B.A.M.F. MMA Center will now officially be offering Wrestling Classes for Girls every Saturday at 2pm (boys are welcome to join!) If the ladies can’t make it to the 2pm wrestling, that shouldn’t be a problem with the Exclusive BJJ Classes for Girls headed by our very own Maybelline Masuda at 5pm every Saturday still remaining in place.

Deftac has another home in Makati!

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We recently got a peek at the newly constructed City Club Gym at the Alphaland Condominiums in Makati during its soft opening last August 26, 2013 and I’m telling you it is one of the most beautiful and complete facilities I have ever seen.

It has a gigantic badminton court, countless rows of treadmills overlooking Makati, tons of free weights and weight machines and everything imaginable that you might need for strength and conditioning training. Of course the centrepiece of the place is its full-sized Boxing Ring surrounded by different sized punching bags and speed balls. There is also a lounge for the coaches, an Air Pistol Room where you can shoot different pistols and assault rifles to your heart’s content, a Tobacco Lounge and of course, several restaurants offering French, Japanese and Mediterranean Cuisine for that after-training food binge. Space is something that this place has a lot of and that probably is its best asset. There’s just plenty of room to move about and do your thing.

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It was just the soft-opening so a lot more upgrades are in store for those lucky enough to be a member of this ultra-exclusive gym. Yes, it won’t be open to the public but only for those who own a unit in the building and are allowed to purchase a membership.

Deftac will soon be offering its proven programs for MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the City Club Gym so we will expect new members to join our ever growing family of Champions very soon.