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When you think about the first few women who trained and actually accelerated in the early years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines, 1 name comes to mind first: Maybelline Masuda. Don’t let her small frame and sweet looks deceive you; this 100Lb girl has been fighting since 2008 and has even had to fight (and has actually won) in the Men’s division for a few years, being the only woman competitor in the early Philippine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene. You can even search for her videos on YouTube if you don’t believe me!

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Maybelline or May, as we all call her, started training with us in April 2008. Even early into her training, May has never been afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone to compete and represent our team, bringing home shiny gold medals each and every time. She rightfully received her Blue Belt after being crowned the first Filipina World Champion at the 2009 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships at Long Beach, California. After 3 years of consistent training and active competition, she received her Purple belt on September 2012, becoming the first homegrown Filipina to attain this rank. It was then she started teaching the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Girls Team (and still continues to do so every Saturday at BAMF). In November 2014, May made our team and country proud yet again by winning the first ever Gold Medal in the history of the Philippines’ participation in the Asian Beach Games.

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After a long hiatus from the competition scene, May came back this 2016 and proved that she has still got it in her! After fighting at this year’s Asian Open Championship, she received her Brown Belt, making her the first homegrown Filipina to achieve this. 8 years of hard work and dedication to the sport and her team has made a big part of who May Masuda is today. 29 Gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals later, she is still the same eager young woman with a champion’s heart who first entered the gym; only now with so many girls (and boys) looking up to her.

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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

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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.

Pan-Asians 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!!!

PPS. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.

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.

A Champion in SIX MONTHS OR LESS? They all laughed when we said that we could make anybody a champion in this amount of time. Did you ever think this could be possible? Unless you’re super talented, you’ve probably doubted this possibility. But, with our system and time-tested curriculum at BAMF, we make everything possible! We’ve proven, time and time again for almost 2 decades that YES, We CAN MAKE YOU A CHAMPION IN SIX MONTHS OR LESS.

Need proof? We awarded our latest batch of CHAMPIONS the RECOGNITION they DESERVE! With all their hard work, dedication, and heart – coupled with the guidance of Prof. Alvin Aguilar and our system of accelerated learning – they are now BONAFIDE MEMBERS OF THE 6 MONTH CHAMPION CLUB. These are ordinary people, they work, they go to school, they’re young and young at heart – they’re just like you! Let us begin by introducing the newest members that received their award last Friday.

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  1. Juancho Mendoza – is a BANKER! Yes, he’s got high stress day job, with high stress deadlines and quotas to achieve EVERY MONTH. But that didn’t stop him from training regularly evenings before heading home and calling it a day! In less than 6 months, about 5 months into his training, he joined his first ever Jiu-jitsu competition and went home with a GOLD MEDAL in his division! He fought long and hard that day, in a stacked division, mostly with seasoned white belts, but nonetheless, he made it to the top!IMG_9677
  2. Patricia Gomez – Young, smart, beautiful and talented! Patricia Gomez at first sight would not be the type of girl you would imagine rolling on the mat with all the other sweaty boys and girls – she’s a singer; previously a contender for The Voice Philippines – yup she’s got talent! AND YES, SHE’S A CHAMPION in Jiu-jitsu! She achieved this feat 6 months into training, bringing home GOLD in the Women’s Absolute Division! More than all of that, Patricia Gomez has been studying for her board exam in Interior Design, balancing her time for study and training was tough but she made it through all of that, passing her board exam just last week! A singer, BJJ Champion, now a certified IDR and bonafide member of the 6 Month Champion Club!IMG_9676
  3. Ryan Lastra – A businessman and former triathlete! Ryan Lastra, showed everybody what was up when he joined his first ever BJJ Competition a little more than 2 months since he started training! He joined the masters and adults division all in one day and went home with 3 GOLD medals and 1 SILVER medal! Talk about a LEGIT CHAMPION! He trains early in the morning and even tries to make it to evening training! A real CHAMPION, now a bonafide member of the 6 Month Champion Club, and as if that wasn’t enough, he RECEIVED HIS BLUE BELT on the evening of his awarding.IMG_9684
  4. Francis Tapia – Francis could not make it to the awarding ceremony due to his crazy schedule as a flight attendant but we can never forget his astounding achievements for the team in competition. Just before his sixth month of training he became a double GOLD champion in the men’s adult white belt division at his first ever BJJ competition! All it took was dedication, trust and lots of heart! He’s working on making his game more well-rounded and we know he will continue on to make our family proud!
  5. Giordan Guiyab – An elite young pilot for Philippine Airlines, Giordan is a champion with a strong and dedicated heart and mind! He joined his first competition with less than 5 months of experience and took home his first GOLD MEDAL! He first got into Jiu-jitsu because he was inspired by his better half Patricia Gomez’ victories and sought it out as a way for them to spend more time together, as he follows a very busy schedule – frequently flying. He’s a fast learner, very committed and tries his best to be consistent with his training!

We also awarded some of our long time members of the 6 Month Champion Club like Michelle Masuda and Vince Ortiz – who have long been upholding the legacy of this club alongside all our other 6 month champion members (e.g. Maybelline Masuda – first Filipino World Champion and Asian Beach Games Gold Medalist; Chris Hofmann – URCC Champion and Multiple Double and Quadruple Gold Medalist; Kat Del Rosario – Double Gold Medalist; Paula Ditona – Gold medalist in 6 months; Sandra De las Alas – Gold medalist in less than 6 months; Patrick Lubaton – Double Gold Medalist in 6 months)  . All these men and women, hold a place in BAMF and DEFTAC History, they inspire many of us to keep striving to be the best that we can be. Nothing is impossible once you’ve set your mind to it and trust in our guidance and our proven system. Congratulations once again and cheers to more conquering and victories to come!

Justin Proudly BAMF

 

Today is â€Ș#‎ProudlyBAMF‬ Day!

Meet kid extraordinaire, Justin Ceriola…

Fresh from his GOLD win today, he’s only 16 years old under the Men’s Adult blue belt galo division.

Justin started training at BAMF in 2010 when he was 9 and became an instant international kids champion in just 3 months.

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He then continued to train and compete consistently becoming the most decorated kid’s champion in the country alongside his two younger brothers Anton and Nicolas Ceriola.

Fast Rising

Justin earned his blue belt last year and is now coming into his own even as a 16 year old fighting in the men’s adult divisions!

A Powerhouse

Expect more from this kid! Congratulations to our team and especially his family!

A champion on and off the mats! Great grades, clean lifestyle, bully proof, possessing a strong physique with the right heart and attitude to be a winner, whether competing or in real life, Justin is awesome. PROUDLY BAMF!

Parents! Your child can be in the league of champions too! Call us at 556-1940 to get started on our 30 Day Free Trial offer! Expect the best results with only the best Martial Arts training this side of the Philippines!

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

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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 bamf.gym@gmail.com — you can also check out our website at http://www.bamfmma.com