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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 Mike Stone SeminarFor all Martial Arts heads out there, Mike Stone is not only an old school household name but a living legend indeed. When you talk about martial arts icons in Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, James Coburn, Ed Parker and the likes, Mike Stone is in the same class with those guys. He has embodied the lifestyle of life-long martial arts practitioner into his accomplishes, everyday living and how martial arts are shaped today. This former student of Bruce Lee, help paved the way for martial artist today, in a way that being a martial artist does not mean you have to be in a temple meditating all the time or stuck in a dojo trying to protect the holy grail of martial arts. With Mike Stone, it’s a different light on how he practiced his discipline. He has made an avenue for martial artist to be out there. Meaning, martial artist are more than just that “monk-like” lifestyle sippin on hot soup or being in an enclosed space all the time. He has helped martial arts to be part of Hollywood; he has worked with celebrities and made martial arts more understood by the public on how it could be dynamic lifestyle for people who aspire to live the martial artist ways.

Today, we see Ronda Rousey of the UFC, and all these other martial arts masters make it to the big screens. It’s all not possible if Mike Stone had not ventured in to movie production. He has shifted the traditional martial artist paradigm into a more dynamic, colourful and a hint of glamour. Mike Stone has worked with the Presleys –yes, Elvis and Priscilla Presley! He has worked shoulder to shoulder with other celebrities which in total helped the martial arts world to be closer to mainstream. When you see movies like “3 Ninjas”, “Karate Kids” and the likes, all of it can be back tracked to Mike Stone’s contribution in helping martial arts to be where it’s at today.

This 10 degree black belt in the discipline of Shorin-ryu Karate has had countless successes in and out of the martial arts world. He does not only win trophies, but he went beyond just excelling in competitions, but what he did most importantly is the intangibles that he did why martial arts is a must in every person’s life. In an excerpt from his biography tell the most perfect definition of what Mike Stone has done for the martial artist of today — Mike’s life and his experiences are varied and far-reaching with his long and successful career in athletics, in the movie industry, and the entertainment business, as well as being a writer, promoter, sports instructor, inventor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer. These experiences, after years of introspection and reflection, have allowed him to create a comprehensive and dynamic program that allows anyone to make major positive lifestyle changes.

His famed seminar program, “Living Your Dreams Now,” has changed the lives of people who had heard him and applied the simple yet effective principles. The program involves the trilogy, which makes up who we are as human beings — ¬¬the body, mind, and spirit or soul. It focuses on the four primary aspects that impact upon every person’s daily life; specifically love energy, time, and money. Mike Stone lives on what excites his imagination – poetry, art, music, dog-training, playing tennis, and golf among others. He has published books of diverse topics and has masterfully applied in his life the very ideas that he espouse in his seminar talks and writings.

So the next time you see a picture of a “flying sidekick” (which was made popular by him), think of Mike Stone. You will definitely be inspired, once you have met Grandmaster Mike Stone. Make sure that you attend his FREE Motivational Seminar on Oct 14, 2014 at 8:00PM – This is all happening at the Factory of Champions, BAMF MMA Center. This is a free chance for you to perhaps look at life in a different perspective and who knows, it might just change your life. We look forward to having you at our gym! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 556-1940!

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!!!

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!