Posts Tagged ‘Mundials’

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





With just less than 4 days to go till the 2012 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, California. Our very own Andrew Laxa has finally arrived in San Diego! This year he will be fighting at Purple belt, and the only challenge for him now will be getting enough rest to fight jetlag. Usually, our students sent to fight abroad are sent 2 weeks in advance however, certain constraints which include Andrew’s passport renewal has kept him in the country till yesterday. Prof. Alvin is certain that Andrew’s performance this year will be exemplary, as he believes Andrew has grown in to his purple belt. More importantly Prof. Alvin’s main objective is to get students like Andrew exposure and of course be given the opportunity to train with the best in the world.  That is why, tomorrow, Andrew is scheduled to begin his last push for training at the University of Jiu Jitsu under the guidance of Prof. Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro.

Joining Andrew in the U.S.A. is our Angela Ongkeko, who will also be fighting at the Mundials for the first time at white belt. Angela on the other hand will be training under the guidance of 5x World Champion Leticia Ribeiro at an All-Girls Worlds Training Camp where she will be training with the best Female black belts in BJJ including, Penny Thomas and Beatriz Mesquita.

“My goal is to get them exposed to the highest level of BJJ Competition, experience is what will make them better athletes for the sport. I know that no matter what happens Angela and Andrew will not come home empty-handed.” -Professor Alvin Aguilar

Right now we’re looking at our best students, two potential World Champions to add to our record! Later on we’ll be able to send more people to high-level international tournaments – as planned by Prof. Alvin. Now lets all keep our heads up for Andrew and Angela as they embark on a journey that is all part of DEFTAC  and Philippine History.

We’ve seen it happen a lot in our team and even DEFTAC history will tell us that a lot of real life L-O-V-E – Love Stories emerge when men and women find love in training.  First you love training, then you meet someone and love training together; and finally you find love in each other. But we’re not here to talk about love, and we’re definitely not out to force every man and woman to train with their partners. We the Factory of Champions, are simply just proud to present to you two of our Top Male and Female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students who happen to be together; they train together and find inspiration in each other. Here is Andrew Laxa (BJJ 1st Degree Purple Belt) and Angela Ongkeko (2nd Degree White Belt). Both of them have been hand-chosen and selected by Professor Alvin Aguilar to be among the few chosen to represent DEFTAC PILIPINAS in the up and coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship.

While they’ve only got 2 weeks in for competition training, Prof. Alvin sees tremendous potential in both Angela and Andrew. In this video with Correspondent Satoki Kitazawa (BJJ 2nd Degree White Belt) They share with us how they feel about being among the chosen to represent the team and tell us how it feels to be doing it together! Enjoy!

Andrew, Myron & Kyle after training at the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA.

While there are still no official schedule announcements about the up and coming 2012 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (a.k.a The Mundials); Our team DEFTAC PILIPINAS is well aware that now is the perfect time to begin official preparations for international competition.

Every year for the last 3 years we have been sending our best and most qualified students to California to represent our team. And every year the group just gets bigger and bigger as more and more of our students are showing massive potential. Last year at the Mundials, Andrew Laxa, Kyle Kapunan and Myron Mangubat were among our representatives accompanied by our Professor Alvin Aguilar. We were a very strong team last year and we were training and competing along side our international affiliate Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu, under Professor Saulo Ribeiro’s guidance. But competing at a high international level of competition is very, very overwhelming and doing it for the first time can be very nerve-wracking – as was the case for Myron and Kyle. Nevertheless, with each year comes experience and more opportunities, Prof. Alvin revealed to us in a statement saying:

“We were strong last year, and this year we’re coming back stronger than ever.” 

This March is well on its way and Prof. Alvin will be meeting with all DEFTAC Heads very soon to gather all their potentials that will be selected to possibly represent our team. We’re not just looking for talent; Its going to take hard work, discipline and dedication to devote oneself to Competition Training and thus represent DEFTAC with Prof. Alvin Aguilar at B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center.

Watch out for our upcoming posts as we reveal who the few, chosen and proud representatives will be!!!