BAMF Mike Stone SeminarFor all Martial Arts heads out there, Mike Stone is not only an old school household name but a living legend indeed. When you talk about martial arts icons in Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, James Coburn, Ed Parker and the likes, Mike Stone is in the same class with those guys. He has embodied the lifestyle of life-long martial arts practitioner into his accomplishes, everyday living and how martial arts are shaped today. This former student of Bruce Lee, help paved the way for martial artist today, in a way that being a martial artist does not mean you have to be in a temple meditating all the time or stuck in a dojo trying to protect the holy grail of martial arts. With Mike Stone, it’s a different light on how he practiced his discipline. He has made an avenue for martial artist to be out there. Meaning, martial artist are more than just that “monk-like” lifestyle sippin on hot soup or being in an enclosed space all the time. He has helped martial arts to be part of Hollywood; he has worked with celebrities and made martial arts more understood by the public on how it could be dynamic lifestyle for people who aspire to live the martial artist ways.

Today, we see Ronda Rousey of the UFC, and all these other martial arts masters make it to the big screens. It’s all not possible if Mike Stone had not ventured in to movie production. He has shifted the traditional martial artist paradigm into a more dynamic, colourful and a hint of glamour. Mike Stone has worked with the Presleys –yes, Elvis and Priscilla Presley! He has worked shoulder to shoulder with other celebrities which in total helped the martial arts world to be closer to mainstream. When you see movies like “3 Ninjas”, “Karate Kids” and the likes, all of it can be back tracked to Mike Stone’s contribution in helping martial arts to be where it’s at today.

This 10 degree black belt in the discipline of Shorin-ryu Karate has had countless successes in and out of the martial arts world. He does not only win trophies, but he went beyond just excelling in competitions, but what he did most importantly is the intangibles that he did why martial arts is a must in every person’s life. In an excerpt from his biography tell the most perfect definition of what Mike Stone has done for the martial artist of today — Mike’s life and his experiences are varied and far-reaching with his long and successful career in athletics, in the movie industry, and the entertainment business, as well as being a writer, promoter, sports instructor, inventor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer. These experiences, after years of introspection and reflection, have allowed him to create a comprehensive and dynamic program that allows anyone to make major positive lifestyle changes.

His famed seminar program, “Living Your Dreams Now,” has changed the lives of people who had heard him and applied the simple yet effective principles. The program involves the trilogy, which makes up who we are as human beings — ¬¬the body, mind, and spirit or soul. It focuses on the four primary aspects that impact upon every person’s daily life; specifically love energy, time, and money. Mike Stone lives on what excites his imagination – poetry, art, music, dog-training, playing tennis, and golf among others. He has published books of diverse topics and has masterfully applied in his life the very ideas that he espouse in his seminar talks and writings.

So the next time you see a picture of a “flying sidekick” (which was made popular by him), think of Mike Stone. You will definitely be inspired, once you have met Grandmaster Mike Stone. Make sure that you attend his FREE Motivational Seminar on Oct 14, 2014 at 8:00PM – This is all happening at the Factory of Champions, BAMF MMA Center. This is a free chance for you to perhaps look at life in a different perspective and who knows, it might just change your life. We look forward to having you at our gym! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 556-1940!


Presenting: PROUDLY BAMF will be showcasing the best of our students and their notable achievements. We hope to inspire you to get started with your martial arts journey through these short videos. With that being said, we have here for our first feature ever… from our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Fundamentals class: Martin Toledo! As one a both a family man and an active Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner and competitor, Martin explains how he is able to balance his lifestyle, make time for family, work and training. He’s got no excuses to offer so for those of you who work during the day, here’s  somebody who has managed to make training a part of his life. Start your martial arts journey today! The best time to learn is not later, it’s right now! Call 556-1940 and ask about our 30 Day Free Trial! #deftac #ribeirojiujitsu #bamf #proudlybamf #team #family #champion

We are looking forward to meeting and sharing our knowledge with all kids, parents and would be parents attending our Free Deftac Bullyproof workshop. Now, just in case you’re thinking about coming but are still not convinced, here’s a briefer on what to expect at the workshop. Our main objective is to instill in your child the confidence so they may be able to overcome bullies without resorting to violence. We will teach your child verbal assertiveness and several non violence self-defense techniques that focus on leverage and control to stay safe if physically assaulted.

We won’t teach your kids to punch or kick. Your children will be able to defend against bullies without becoming one themselves.


Bullying happens more often with children with low self-esteem. In many cases children want to stand up for themselves against bullies but are held back by the fear of the physical harm and inability to defend themselves. The only way you can teach your child to have the confidence to back them-self up is to teach them how to defend the attack – confidence will then follow.


We will teach your child self defense with Jiu-jitsu as it’s base. Beside teaching techniques, we will also be showing them when they can and cannot use these moves. The Rules of engagement will be taught and rehearsed during the session to instill discipline in your child.


Your children will be taught how to speak assertively in different types of simulated scenarios. They will be taught how to make eye contact and how to stand in a confident posture to deter their bullies from the attack.

Prof. Alvin Aguilar, Coach Mike Tabamo and Coach Derrick Lopez will be covering a lot more so we hope to see everybody at BAMF tomorrow at 11am (Sept 6, 2014) .


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B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center has been known to have produced the best kids champions in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in the last decade. From Justin Ceriola, Liam Aguilar, Vince Ortiz and many others. Now we’re looking into producing the future champions and we can only do that with the help and support from all parents! Unfortunately there are still lots of doubtful mothers and fathers out there that feel the need to protect their children from “violence” that martial arts entails – So we’re here to change your thinking. Hopefully this article can help convince you how important it is to get your child involved in BJJ. — Martial arts is a great way for kids to stay active and learn how to be part of a team. The added benefit is that it’s a year-round program, unlike seasonal sports where progress is slower. Kids who participate consistently in a martial arts program will see guaranteed changes in behavior at home and in school. At our school, we focus on building the life skills of our children while they are making friends and learning new skills through martial arts. There are generally thousands of reasons why kids should train BJJ, but here are the top 5 reasons why having your children train BJJ or any martial arts program for that matter is so important:

  1. Physical benefits:

Children who train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are learning and adapting to a healthy lifestyle by staying active, which, as most parents know, is difficult to do in the age of video games and social media! Staying active burns calories, increases good cholesterol, decreases bad cholesterol, increases flexibility, increases balance and coordination, improves fitness, maintains healthy joints and keeps the heart rate up, all while learning how to defend yourself! Proper martial arts training should be fun and educational, all while increasing a child’s self-confidence, which can in turn manifest itself in many positive ways in a child’s life.

  1. Self-Esteem:

Self-esteem is developed in martial arts due to the ability to grow and set goals. At first, kids in BJJ class start off setting short-term goals (getting a feel for the movements). These goals are realized after a few short months and are rewarded with a new belt or stripe. The student realizes that the effort and work put forth in the martial arts class pays off, in this case, a new belt color. Once they realize that BJJ is for life they begin to reach for a higher goal, attaining the coveted black belt, but along the way, self-esteem and self-confidence is growing, along with the child.

  1. Bullyproof: 

Bullying is a well-documented and growing problem in schools these days. And with no signs of slowing down, martial arts training can give much needed tools to the child on how to better deal with bullies and bullying situations. Martial arts teaches children to stand up for themselves and for others if there is a bullying situation. Preventing bullying does not mean resorting to violence, it means having the confidence to stand up for what is right. However, what’s worse for parents than learning their child is being a bully, is that their child is a bully him/herself. At Straight Blast Gym, we focus on developing strong human beings, learning to help others, not hurt them.

  1. Mental Health:

Apart from self-esteem, BJJ is very mentally challenging which helps kids develop character. Compared to other martial arts, it can take up to 10 yrs for adults to reach black belt because of the complexity of the art. The ability of a BJJ student to learn how to deal with obstacles in a controlled environment gives the benefit of increased mental health because the student develops the ever-important “Never Give Up” attitude. That attitude is imperative in developing leaders and strong individuals who don’t see a limit to what they can accomplish and learn how to navigate their way through challenges. Along the way, your child will gain self-discipline, self-confidence, focus, and respect, just to name a few of the many mental benefits of training.

  1. Awareness:  

The last thing any parent wants is a lost child. Typically, the child is fine and found in a few minutes. But what if the worst case scenario presented itself?  Realistically, can a child defend themselves against an adult? Probably not. But a child can learn how to be aware of their surroundings, and take the necessary steps to prevent dangerous situations. BJJ teaches children to be flexible, make quick decisions, and take action while remaining calm.

With these Top 5 Reasons we hope that we have helped paint a clearer picture of the benefits of training a martial art. With that being said join us on our mission to make young champions and well-rounded individuals; we’d like to specially invite you and your children to sign up for the Kid’s BJJ Classes being offered at BAMF MMA Center. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 09062606770 or email us at — you can also check out our website at

BAMF GRAND OPENING copyWhen the BAMF MMA Center was first opened, it looked very much different from how it does now. There was more soil than cement and we even had to go through someone else’s door to get to our gym. What we had going for us was a BJJ Black Belt that was determined to make champions and a group of students that were willing to make the sacrifice to become champions.

Fast forward to 2014 and we are now the most dominant team in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here in the country. We have the URCC belt back in our possession and the future just looks so bright for everyone. To celebrate all this and to give back to our students who are the reason for our success, BAMF MMA Center have cooked up some new things for everyone which is BAMF MMA RELOADED!

On Jan. 31, 2014, come visit the gym and be treated to a night of fun where there will be food and drinks for everyone. We will be announcing and launching new programs and schedules for everyone to enjoy and we will also be giving special rates and discounts to be availed by those who are interested. Of course there will be music for everyone to enjoy and the night will be capped off by the first inaugural URCC Fight Night wherein the URCC will be showcasing FOUR Professional MMA Fights.

The fight card will be as follows:

Meshaal Alkhuzeem VS Arvin Chan

Genil Francisco VS Hideo Morikawa

Ramonito Pabroa VS Drex Zamboanga

JR Bermoy VS Carlo Laurel

So on January 31, 2014 at 7pm, make sure that you are at BAMF MMA Center so we can thank you and celebrate all of our success together! See you Friday!

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!


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!