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2015 has just begun and just as we start the month of March so much has already transpired. Our team has grown and improved and this will only continue as the year rolls on.

1st General Assembly of 2015


As is the tradition, we start they year with our GA to make sure that everyone is on track, to calibrate techniques and learn new ones with our very own Prof. Alvin Aguilar, and of course to see the level of our members and determine who is up for promotion and stripes.

New Black Belt in the house!

The 1st 2015 GA was extremely special because we saw a someone awarded his Black Belt. It was extra significant because of the impact our new Black Belt has had on the whole team. He has literally fought and bled for us, he is a Filipino MMA legend and one truly gifted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who is truly idolized by everyone in the team and admired by many out of our group. So without further ado, Congratulations to Allan Co for attaining and receiving his Black Belt from Prof. Alvin!

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Other Promotions

Of course there were others from our brethren who were promoted in the GA and all of them were examples of hard work, persevering through pain and challenges and just fighting it in the mats.

First among them is a guy who has proved that you don’t have to start young to be successful. What you need is complete dedication and commitment and the rest will happen. Congratulations to Alvin Lee for his very well deserved promotion to Brown Belt. He has been breathing and living Jiu-Jitsu daily for the past 5 years and is a true testament to how far dedication and consistency will take you. Next, Congratulations as well to Karl Rodriguez for receiving his Brown Belt! Karl started out as a young kid, just like those who are part of our kid’s class, and he became one of the most gifted athletes in our team. He is also a successful MMA fighter and truly deserving of his new rank. He is also the younger brother of Fritz Rodriguez who is a Black Belt based in the US and a former URCC Champion and a pioneer member of Deftac.

Chad Aquino also gained his Purple Belt and proved to everyone that anyone can overcome injury and adversity to reach your goal. Chad has always been consistently training and offers no excuses. Congratulations!

Of course, Congratulations as well to Alexandria Natividad on her beautiful baby boy and her promtion to Blue Belt! Congratulations as well to Bryon Bayot and Louie Ong for their promotion to Blue Belt.

Last but never least, Congratulations to Charmaine Signson for her promtion to Green Belt!

Continue the great work guys! Strive to be better but never forget to help our brothers and sisters get better. We improve by helping and sharpening eachother!

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Deftac-Cebu Seminar and Belt Promotions

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Recently, Prof. Alvin Aguilar flew to Cebu for a seminar hosted by our Deftac chapter there headed by Norman Go. In the seminar, everyone stated their commitment to training and to the team, to being better, and to continue the tradition of excellence of Deftac-Cebu.

Our brethren in Cebu not only enjoyed the techniques shared by our professor and fellow team mates who travelled to Cebu but of course they also celebrated the promotions that took place.

For the promotion to Purple Belt, we would like to Congratulate Aldie Cañizares and Jiggy Cañizares. The have been with Deftac-Cebu from the start and i personally remember Aldie’s Blue Belt gauntlet in the Mall Of Asia. What a gauntlet it was! Congratulations as well to Leo Gaerlan who is one of the most active competitors from Cebu and Phil Rizon and Kurt Ebarita for their much deserved promotion to Purple Belt.

Also, congratulations to Nigel Zuluaga and Niño Castro for their promtion to Blue Belt!

Your promotion is not the end, it is but a step towards the real beginning of your journey, your Black Belts!

Training and Preparation for the Pan-Asians and the Mundials

Two of the most important competition dates in our calendars are upon us and it is time to start preparing to make sure that we are at our best and ready to kick ass come competition time. The Pan-Asians is the best place to gauge our skill in the region and we have a tradition of doing really well in that competition, taking home the Overall championship many years in a row. Let us work hard to continue that and show to everybody the fruits of our hard work and perseverance.

Of course, every year we have a contingent that flies out to join the most prestigious BJJ competition out there which is the Mundials or the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships and it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters train for this event to make sure that they go back home to us with their gold medals.

This year’s contingent is our biggest yet and we truly hope that they take it all home with them.

Mundial Contingent


JR Rulloda

Michelle Masuda

Vince Ortiz

May Masuda

Jolly Co

Miguel Consing

Julio Gomez

Ryan Lastra


Prof. Alvin Aguilar Seminar in Davao on April 10

Prof. Alvin will be having a seminar with Deftac Davao on April 10, 2015. Our chapter in Davao has been doing really well with Miko Aquino and Gerard Gallos over there. Prof. Alvin will be sharing with our Davao brothers and sisters new techniques that will only make the Davao team better and stronger. We hope that you guys enjoy the seminar and soak it all in to make it truly successful!




This BAMF is ready to go to war!

This BAMF is ready to go to war!

One of our own is ready to shock the world on Dec. 21, 2013 when he fights Doo Hwan Kim at REBEL FC in Singapore.

Anybody who has seen Chris Hofmann train in the gym knows how dedicated he is and how much trust he has for his team. Anybody who has trained with him has first hand knowledge of just how strong and dangerous this guy is. “I have never seen someone with such raw skill and power” says Professor Alvin Aguilar, a man who knows about martial arts and having power and strength in your body that turns other men into mere mortals.

Hofmann’s dedication to his training and the power he possesses has garnered him medals in different BJJ tournaments and a knockout finish in the recent AFC 7 held in Los Banos, Laguna. A week ago, news came to another one of our members Alfred Gealogo, the URCC’s current matchmaker that REBEL FC is in need of a fighter in short notice as Doo Hwan Kim of Korean Top Team’s opponent, Cristiano Kaminishi of Phuket Top Team has been injured during training. A lot of the pros contacted had to turn down the fight for various legitimate reasons and the only guy to step up to the plate is Chris Hofmann.

A lot of people in the MMA Community has expressed respect for the guts that Hofmann. He isn’t just fighting on short notice, this is his debut into the pro ranks and he is going to go against Doo Hwan Kim, a fighter that already has a 5-2 record which in the world of MMA could be considered a very experience opponent. Nonetheless, we are very confident that on Saturday, Chris Hofmann will shock the world and win his fight against Doo Hwan Kim. Let’s all support him and Coach Rain Balibalos who is flying with him to Singapore to corner him for this fight.

Goodluck to Chris Hofmann! War DEFTAC!


Admit it or not, many of us Gi practitioners are hesitant about competing No-Gi. It’s no surprise since No-Gi grappling is fast paced, slippery and its not what we’re accustomed to with the Gi on. But the notion that its a whole different game isn’t so true. It may be a little different with the approaches but with just a little adjustments its still the martial art and sport we love, which is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Early this week Prof. Alvin Aguilar saw the need to address the uneasiness and fear of competing No-Gi. With the  ADCC ASIA-PACIFIC WORLD QUALIFYING TRIALS happening this weekend for the first time in the country, it was only perfect for Prof. Alvin to hold an ADCC Seminar for everyone, whether or not they are competing this weekend.  Needless to say the seminar last night was a complete eye-opener as he introduced everybody to several game approaches with perfect clarity.

The  ADCC Seminar focused on 5 key points. (1) What to expect during an ADCC match; (2) Getting familiar with the rules; (3) How to get out of the worst positions; (4) Improving your control; and (5) Learning some tactics for complete domination. Its no question that everyone who attended walked away with valuable techniques and information. He started off the seminar with the rules because they are different from the IBJJF set of rules. He then presented his system  which is a culmination of Prof. Alvin’s 20 years of experience. He provided all participants with 5 different game approaches serving as gateways to one another; from one position to multiple points for submission. Prof. Alvin is very particular about details especially in no gi where its easier to slide out of any submission. He explained thoroughly the mechanics behind every submission and how to effectively use the technique from any position. Bottom line is, if you didn’t attend, like all things, you completely missed out. The session ended with an open forum where Prof. Alvin addressed all questions in mind. It lasted for about another hour but that’s the way our DEFTAC head Coach is. You can be sure he didn’t leave anything out and it is his passion to share with everyone his knowledge to make sure that everybody, and we mean EVERYBODY becomes the best!

For so much information, we asked Prof. Alvin why he didn’t charge anything for it since he mentioned the worth of everything he was teaching and sharing. His answer was simple, number 1, he didn’t want anybody from DEFTAC to have any sort of excuse not to go out of their way and attend the seminar. Number 2, his goal is to make everybody good; when he established the BAMF MMA Center it wasn’t for business, but to provide a safe haven and place for training in order to grow and spread his passion for Martial Arts. As long as our students give their share of commitment and trust, it keeps the gym going, and the learning never stops.

If you really couldn’t make it, don’t worry, Alvin Lee and some of our boys from DEFTAC AIC alongside Jasmine Cuizon from DEFTAC Makati, made it out South to pick up all valuable lessons.  But it would have been a beautiful experience for you to witness and learn first-hand from the man himself. Next time just grab the opportunity or on regular days make time to learn from Our Black Belt, Our Founder, it’ll always be worth the trip and you’ll always have some valuable lessons to take home.

If you want to learn from the best and join in on the DEFTAC experience, visit The Factory of Champions, that’s B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center. You can log on to our website on to know more about our extra special offer The 30 Day Free Trial, or give us a call right now 02.384.0314 to set an appointment. See you at the gym!

With just less than 4 days to go till the 2012 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, California. Our very own Andrew Laxa has finally arrived in San Diego! This year he will be fighting at Purple belt, and the only challenge for him now will be getting enough rest to fight jetlag. Usually, our students sent to fight abroad are sent 2 weeks in advance however, certain constraints which include Andrew’s passport renewal has kept him in the country till yesterday. Prof. Alvin is certain that Andrew’s performance this year will be exemplary, as he believes Andrew has grown in to his purple belt. More importantly Prof. Alvin’s main objective is to get students like Andrew exposure and of course be given the opportunity to train with the best in the world.  That is why, tomorrow, Andrew is scheduled to begin his last push for training at the University of Jiu Jitsu under the guidance of Prof. Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro.

Joining Andrew in the U.S.A. is our Angela Ongkeko, who will also be fighting at the Mundials for the first time at white belt. Angela on the other hand will be training under the guidance of 5x World Champion Leticia Ribeiro at an All-Girls Worlds Training Camp where she will be training with the best Female black belts in BJJ including, Penny Thomas and Beatriz Mesquita.

“My goal is to get them exposed to the highest level of BJJ Competition, experience is what will make them better athletes for the sport. I know that no matter what happens Angela and Andrew will not come home empty-handed.” -Professor Alvin Aguilar

Right now we’re looking at our best students, two potential World Champions to add to our record! Later on we’ll be able to send more people to high-level international tournaments – as planned by Prof. Alvin. Now lets all keep our heads up for Andrew and Angela as they embark on a journey that is all part of DEFTAC  and Philippine History.

We’ve seen it happen a lot in our team and even DEFTAC history will tell us that a lot of real life L-O-V-E – Love Stories emerge when men and women find love in training.  First you love training, then you meet someone and love training together; and finally you find love in each other. But we’re not here to talk about love, and we’re definitely not out to force every man and woman to train with their partners. We the Factory of Champions, are simply just proud to present to you two of our Top Male and Female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students who happen to be together; they train together and find inspiration in each other. Here is Andrew Laxa (BJJ 1st Degree Purple Belt) and Angela Ongkeko (2nd Degree White Belt). Both of them have been hand-chosen and selected by Professor Alvin Aguilar to be among the few chosen to represent DEFTAC PILIPINAS in the up and coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship.

While they’ve only got 2 weeks in for competition training, Prof. Alvin sees tremendous potential in both Angela and Andrew. In this video with Correspondent Satoki Kitazawa (BJJ 2nd Degree White Belt) They share with us how they feel about being among the chosen to represent the team and tell us how it feels to be doing it together! Enjoy!

Andrew, Myron & Kyle after training at the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA.

While there are still no official schedule announcements about the up and coming 2012 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (a.k.a The Mundials); Our team DEFTAC PILIPINAS is well aware that now is the perfect time to begin official preparations for international competition.

Every year for the last 3 years we have been sending our best and most qualified students to California to represent our team. And every year the group just gets bigger and bigger as more and more of our students are showing massive potential. Last year at the Mundials, Andrew Laxa, Kyle Kapunan and Myron Mangubat were among our representatives accompanied by our Professor Alvin Aguilar. We were a very strong team last year and we were training and competing along side our international affiliate Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu, under Professor Saulo Ribeiro’s guidance. But competing at a high international level of competition is very, very overwhelming and doing it for the first time can be very nerve-wracking – as was the case for Myron and Kyle. Nevertheless, with each year comes experience and more opportunities, Prof. Alvin revealed to us in a statement saying:

“We were strong last year, and this year we’re coming back stronger than ever.” 

This March is well on its way and Prof. Alvin will be meeting with all DEFTAC Heads very soon to gather all their potentials that will be selected to possibly represent our team. We’re not just looking for talent; Its going to take hard work, discipline and dedication to devote oneself to Competition Training and thus represent DEFTAC with Prof. Alvin Aguilar at B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center.

Watch out for our upcoming posts as we reveal who the few, chosen and proud representatives will be!!!