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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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





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!

It’s been almost a month after our last graduation ceremony here at the Factory of Champions, July 62012 to be exact was the last, and next week we’ll be having our 3rd official commencement exercise to give honor most especially to the students who have actively participated and completed their 6 month program in their respective classes. Before we all look forward to the next batch let us look back and commemorate the last one we had and give recognition to all our notable students.

July 6th, 2012 just like every night at B.A.M.F MMA that Friday night was full-house, with Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA, and both adult and kids Jiu-Jitsu classes going on almost simultaneously. On the mats, Professor Alvin Aguilar himself leads the evening session, teaching a signature Ribeiro pressure passing variation – jamming into an opponent’s guard, catching him unaware and quickly gaining side control. Professor Aguilar emphasized that the keys to the move are precision and speed, in that order.

It wasn’t an ordinary day of training though. For some students, it marked the completion of the six-month program, their graduation day. It is B.A.M.F.MMACenter’s philosophy that it takes that specific amount of time to attain the minimum physical readiness in the martial arts, no more and no less. At thrice a week for a span of 180 days, the full benefits of training are realized: one learns the rudiments and builds the attributes for self-defense, while evidently getting overall improved fitness. Graduation is, as always has been, held in special regard at this gym, as it represents a student’s true commitment to the training. This however, merely marks the end of the first step.

For some students, it marked the completion of the six-month program, their graduation day. It is B.A.M.F. MMA Center’s philosophy that it takes that specific amount of time to attain the minimum physical readiness in the martial arts, no more and no less.

Jiu-Jitsu white belts Miguel Consing and Chris Azarraga have just recently finished their six-months, and are entering the next phase of their training, but have decided to take it up a notch with B.A.M.F. upgrade programs. These not only boost students’ learning and mastery of Jiu-Jitsu principles, it also multiplies their money’s value.

Chris is a newly enrolled GOLD member. As such, he can enjoy daily training, versus the standard three times weekly session. He also has free open mat, where he has unlimited use of the gym’s facilities to train and roll anytime he wants. He also no longer has to pay the general assembly fee.

Miguel will begin his ELITE program in three weeks. He enjoys all the perks of GOLD training, plus free twice a week Wrestling classes for six months. The Wrestling program is the perfect complement to Jiu-Jitsu, particularly in the advanced levels, furthering a student’s grasp of, and skill in takedowns, leverage, positioning, and power. In charge of B.A.M.F. Wrestling is head coach and multiple medal winner Marcus Valda, a champion wrestler and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who has trained and successfully competed around the world.

Graduation is also game-show day at B.A.M.F. MMA Center, where students rack up points for a chance to win prizes. Points are awarded for exceptional performance in class at a per session basis, or for bringing in referrals. The student with the most points gets to spin the wheel, where he can win gifts from T-Shirts and free sessions to a jackpot of Php 10,000 cash. Lucky for Mark Cupino just one of our top white belts who manages to bag “student of the day” during regular training days, his name was picked out of the raffle and he got to spin! — And this Lucky guy went home with a Saulo Ribeiro Original Jiu Jitsu Revolution DVD. Sad to say, nobody won the Jackpot but there’s always next time, that is , every month to get your chance to win Php 10,000, just keep on referring your friends and convincing them to sign up or you can stick to making sure your performance at training is at optimum level and you can be Student of the Day.

Anyway, Lets give it up for our Graduates! Congratulations to B.A.M.F. MMA Center’s 2nd Batch of Graduates this 2012!

  • Paul Avancena
  • Neil Azarcon
  • Chris Azarraga
  • Timothy Bailon
  • Edgar Caballero
  • Kurt Cablitas
  • Russel Choi
  • Earl Diaz
  • Ramy Elbeitam
  • Summuel Gan
  • Ace Leyeza
  • John Karl Lopez
  • Jed Monte
  • Elwyn Narvaez
  • Pierre Navaseo
  • Angela Ongkeko
  • Vince Ortiz
  • Angelo Palabasan
  • Philip Po
  • Sofie Santos
  • Boom Sureta
  • Jericho Tomagan

The Six Month Programs offered at B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center are personally formulated and designed by our instructors and spearheaded by Prof. Alvin Aguilar. The syllabus prepared for each month you train, are all based on experience that  has been tried and tested throughout the 16 years of DEFTAC’s existence. When you enroll at B.A.M.F. you are guaranteed no Bull Shit. You enroll alongside your goals; you enroll with a purpose – and that is to achieve. With that being said, we are very proud to announce that last April 4, 2012 our first batch of students ever to enroll in the 6 month program have graduated.

Although, the number small, and the ceremony a humble one, it is a remarkable event that is truly one for the books. We say this because it has never been done before; not in DEFTAC and not ever in the Philiippines. It is the first of its kind. Even our old school students like Raffy Garcia see how much the team has grown in organization, finally and officially laying down the proper foundations without sacrificing the essence of family and real training. Gelo Reyes even went up to Prof. Alvin aside complaining, why Prof. hadn’t done this before – Why he had never received a certificate OR medal OR graduation from Alvin (and the students now get it ALL.:)) —- A testament to how effective our 6 month program has been is taken from a post on Facebook by our student/coach, Purple Belt Andrew Laxa:

 “You guys are incredibly lucky you have this. When I began training, the only means I had to evaluate myself was through competition. You guys have the opportunity to gauge what things you need to improve, without having to put it all on the line in a tournament. You are very lucky and i hope that you guys strive to do well, and appreciate this aspect of our training because it is all for you guys. See you guys tomorrow on the mats.” – (LAXA, 2012)

Now we rightfully Congratulate, Miguel Consing, Mark Cupino, Martin Toledo and Arthur Mori for accomplishing and graduating from the said Program! We’d also like to furthermore congratulate Martin and Mori for graduating with a Silver Medal of Excellence, top 2 of the batch! Congrats guys! For the students who participated in the program but didn’t graduate, your participation is very much appreciated, and we hope that you can continue with the journey you began with us. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

PS. Please Check out —- and get a students perspective of the Graduation Ceremoney from our very own BJJ student, Mark Cupino who wrote an entry about the said graduation which includes pictures. MUST READ!


B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center today is a far cry from what it was when it first started. For those who were already around during its foundation, you know our story and you’ve seen the great changes and countless efforts we’ve undergone to ensure that everything is better and a little more perfect each time. Its been a little more than 3 years and with each passing month B.A.M.F. MMA has grown into the World Class MMA facility it was built and envisioned to be. Every year we get and meet more and more students, we build more and more solid relationships, we create champions, we’ve seen our team and family grow alongside our achievements; with each year we are stronger.

In a dedication Professor Alvin Aguilar wrote prior to the gym’s Grand Opening he said:

“I have now decided to take DEFTACs legacy to new heights as we now will have our own main gym. B.A.M.F. MMA centerIt is here where we can train all day long on a huge mat area without worrying about idiots complaining about us training overtime, or worrying about others shutting the lights off while training (i’m sure lots of you remember this). This will be OUR gym! The main gym. I have also been making the rounds to ensure that we have the best instructors here readily available  to take you guys to the next level. I really can’t wait to mold the next champions as there are lots now that are showing tremendous potential. Make sure that wemention your name and you surpass the names we earlier mentioned as your achievements grow!”

 — Professor Alvin’s words have proven true as we are and always have been living the DEFTAC Legacy.

When you start training at B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center alongside our dedicated instructors and proven methods – you will learn to defend yourself and your loved ones and you will get fit and healthy while learning a martial art. More importantly, here at BAMF, you will find your 2nd home; you will meet interesting people, meet new friends and make new connections… AND… You make a lifelong commitment to the betterment of yourself as a whole and to our Team and Family.

PS. We hope you enjoyed the short teaser video c/o Prof. Alvin 🙂 You can expect really awesome features in the coming days so keep yourself posted and make sure you follow our blog!