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Last March 9, was a glorious day for Deftac Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu as our brothers Arthur Mori and Mark Cupino, the chapter heads of Deftac Alabang, were promoted to purple belt. It all happened in such a timely manner that just one week before Deftac Alabang turned one year (March 16, 2016) they have taken their BJJ journey to the next level. (IMG_2603They were promoted alongside our brother Ron Bautista from Deftac Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Acacia Estates – blue belt)

We were able to chat with Arthur Mori, and he answered some key questions about his personal journey and how it has influenced and led Deftac Alabang through a whole year of success. Notably, Deftac Alabang brought home the Outstanding New Chapter of the Year Award at the last Annual Deftac Christmas Party Awards Night. We also got to hear from him first-hand their plans then and their goals for the rest of the year: READ ON…

1. How did you get into Jiu-jitsu and what made you stay?

I initially got into jiujitsu 5 years ago. My interest though goes all the way back 2002 but never got to train as i was prioritizing life after college back then, plus Noel Azarcon never invited me LOL. When 2011 came, i started to research on jiujitsu teams to enroll on, i remember the day i decided to enroll (wherein i was looking at another team). My good friend Martin Toledo messaged me via old school Yahoo Messenger and asked me if i wanted to participate in a free self defense seminar handled by Prof. Alvin Aguilar at Deftac’s HQ. After 2 seconds of reading that message i immediately said yes, and never looked back. My short term goal back then was for fitness as playing basketball regularly back then was talking a toll on my body.

2. When you started training did you ever see yourself competing? What was it like competing for the first time?

Not at all, i only competed because most of my batchmates did. The first competition was the deftac in house tournament. Competing for the first time was actually nerve wracking as i was only training for 3 weeks back then and i was going up with someone who was more seasoned. I did not win my match but was happy that i was not submitted, this actually made me hungrier and anxious for the next tournament.

3. What were your initial thoughts leading to the expansion of Deftac in Alabang with you and Mark Cupino heading it?

When we started to propose the idea to Prof. Alvin. We were actually not expecting that he would say yes, given the fact that we were only blue belts and that the proximity to Deftac HQ was too close. But Chief was open to the idea of opening Deftac’s doors in Alabang especially for new students. This has been our program since, As me and Mark teaches fundamental classes for white belts only. We do however find it very lucky that our very own blackbelt Prof. Pichon regularly trains with us and handles the class.

4. When you first opened Deftac Alabang. Were you expecting to grow as big as you guys have? did you foresee becoming outstanding new chapter of the year at the Annual Deftac Xmas party awards?

Definitely not, i remember me and Mark were planning and came to a conclusion that having 3 regular students would be enough. Now we are at 22 regular students. I guess me and Mark are doing something right in implementing what Chief oriented us when we started this chapter.

5. How does it feel being a purple belt and being considered one of the pillars of deftac?

Personally skill-wise i know i have a ton of stuff to work on to validate this new belt that was given to us. But with regards to coaching i believe me and Mark are actually doing pretty well as part of our curriculum is to actually mentor our students outside the mats and making sure that they carry the Deftac name the correct way and not by taking advantage of the gift of JiuJitsu. We ensure that our students stick to one another and be as tight as family, because at the end of the day your success in jiujitsu will always be dependent on the environment you are training on. Plus we always take time to have fun with our students outside of the gym smile emoticon.

6. How do you inspire your students to stay committed to training?

Definitely! This is a very essential part of running the gym. We make sure that training is fun, we make it a point that they actually enjoy the company of the people they are training with. Sometimes also, If our students need to take a time of from training we actually encourage them to do that. But we ensure to keep in touch with them regularly and hang out outside of training. This develops into a bond which eventually lures them back to jiujitsu.

7. How do you balance your full-time day job with training and teaching?

It is given with me and Mark that our priority is our day job. But when that day job ends, and the clock hits 7:30pm all our focus shift to the gym and our students. We are also fortunate enough to have most of our student experience the same schedule as we have, this makes it more easier for us whenever we need to reschedule gym hours.

8. Will you be competing this year?

Of course! The entire team will be competing in May for Pan-Asians, and come September most of us will be flying to Japan to compete in the Asian Open.