Posts Tagged ‘MMA’

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‚Äôs 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!!!

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Justin Proudly BAMF

 

Today is ‪#‎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.

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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!

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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

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!

Last Friday at the Dutdutan XII Tattoo Convention, the URCC presented 5 action packed bouts from just some of the best MMA fighters in the Philippines! To start the night the event kicked off with two K.O.s; a sure treat for everybody at the event. Our team DEFTAC Pilipinas served the evening with all-out support for Red Romero debuting with his first official MMA fight representing Team Deftac.

While others were worried about Red’s bout, including Prof. Alvin Aguilar. Red remain calm and sure that he would come out victorious trusting only in everything that Prof. Alvin has been teaching him in training the past 4 months.

For Red Romero, all it took was one knee to the head of Arnel Arancena. After that the fight was over, the extreme damage to Arnels face was enough for the ring doctor to call the match in Red’s favor.

Prof. Alvin, has pointed out several aspects of Reds game that they need to polish and work on. URCC Cutman and coach at BAMF MMA Center, Carlos Castaneda pointed out that Red could have done a lot better and that we can blame it on “ring rust” since it has been 5 months since his last MMA fight.

Red battled it out to the finish! He’s hard working and is always out to learning something new while teaching and training at BAMF MMA Center in Paranaque. With his talent and knack for learning we’ve got a lot to look forward to in the future for him in MMA.

Red is set to fight this Dec 1, 2012 at URCC Dekada. If you didn’t catch him at Dutdutan, you better watch out for him at the only 1oth Year Anniversary of URCC!! History in the making! See you there!

Eduard Folayang and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Between Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang and Enomoto we already knew who the champion would be at the OneFC: Pride of a Nation; and indeed despite what some critics said, Folayang dominated and came out victorious! His victory not only serves as a beautiful comeback from his previous loss via split decision against Ole Laursen; its even more proof that this URCC fighter Eduard can ride and possibly topple the best MMA fighters in the world! The question now is ¬†what did it take for The Landslide to dominate in his last fight and what will it take to make him an even more effective and ¬†dangerous, overall fighter?

Just 2 months ago as Eduard was to jump start his MMA career from #1 in the Philippines to #1 in Asia, we found him at the Factory of Champions, B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center, for a 2 week MMA training camp with none other than our Prof. Alvin Aguilar.¬†Now It’s no secret that if you want to develop your ground here in the Philippines, you have to train with the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu team in the country, that of course is DEFTAC PILIPINAS. There really is no better way to learn and master the fundamentals with the direct guidance of a real BJJ Black belt who can provide you the best and numerous sparring partners with proper technique and proper application. Eduard was provided all this and more! Here is an interview that we had with The Landslide right after training:

  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†You’ve been to B.A.M.F. several times but this is the first time that you’re here for an all-around MMA training¬†camp under Professor Alvin’s guidance. How has it been so far?
  • Eduard:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Its been great! First I’d like to thank Sir Willy for taking care of me, being very nice to me welcoming me to his home and its much hotter now with the gi on. Its the first time I’m training with gi and di pa ako sanay. Actually¬†medyo nahihirapan nga ako.¬†I feel like I should have been here earlier. I really want to focus on my ground¬†game so I can finally get my orange belt. ..(laughs)
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬† In your last fight against Ole Laursen you obviously were more dominant in terms of conditioning and striking,¬†it was noted though that you needed to polish your wrestling and ground game how does it feel training with¬†AlvinAguilar’s guidance in jiu jitsu with the assistance of Marcus Valda in wrestling?
  • Eduard:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†It been very good.I’ve been learning how to keep myself in the right position. My clinch has been corrected so¬†that I know how to use them in a real fight. It was my mistake for not training my ground game… Looking back¬†at my fight I was just expecting Ole to strike with me as a k1 striking champion.. after the fight I realized that I¬†need to work on more escapes and offense on the ground. I’m glad that I have sir Alvin teaching me proper¬†technique and application. So far he’s given me solutions to holes in my game that I’m thankful for.¬†With¬†wrestling under Marcus, honestly this is my first formal lesson in a long time. The last time I tried wrestling was¬†under the Mongolian coach at WAP.Marcus is a very good teacher and I trust Sir Alvin.
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬†How confident are you in a scale from 1-10 with your fight less than 7 weeks away?
  • Eduard: ¬† ¬†I can’t say.. but i can say that I’m always ready.
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬†What specific techniques and aspects of your ground game have you and sir alvin been working on?
  • Eduard: ¬† ¬†Today he showed me how to play from bad situations when I’m stuck on the bottom. He has also showed me¬†how to play from my opponent guard, what to do to stop my opponent from getting a position to block his game¬†and land strikes that will cause maximum damage.¬†I learned how the crossface works and how important it is on¬†the ground.
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†We’re really excited for your upcoming fight what are your ¬†plans after your camp here?
  • Eduard: ¬† ¬† I’ll be going back up to Baguio to work on my conditioning. I’m training here for two weeks only, but I wish I¬†could stay longer. For sure I will be back very soon!
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬† That’s really good to hear? We’re so proud of you and we love having you here at BAMF, the boys are really¬†happy and we know for sure you came to the right place for training, what do you think about bamf?
  • Eduard: ¬† ¬†Maganda dito, facilities are great and the deftac team is very supportive, I feel very welcome at the same time¬†I’m learning a lot so I’m thankful for Bamf and sir alvin and his students helping me out to represent our¬†country.
  • BAMF: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Alright thank you for your time Eduard, we’ll see you again tomorrow! Thank you!

Eduard was kind enough to provide us with this very straightforward and humble interview and we’re so proud of what he’s done for our Country in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts. He truly is something to be proud of. The best part is shortly after his last victory against Enomoto, The Landslide ran up to Prof. Alvin Aguilar (who was there coaching him forcibly on the side) and gave word that he will be back at B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center for full on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training so that he can go and take on even more high-level MMA fighters in the World!

This is going to be really exciting for the boys and girls at the gym! Don’t miss your chance to train with our champion cause he will be back for sure! ¬†What’s even more exciting is we’ve got so much more to look forward to in Eduard’s career as he embarks on his next road to victory this November at the URCC’s 10th year anniversary! According to Prof. Alvin Aguilar’s tweets its going to be the biggest and best MMA show they’ve ever put on!!! Who’s NOT STOKED for that! Bring it!!