Posts Tagged ‘Training’

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‚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


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!

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!!

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 ‚Äď jamming into an opponent‚Äôs 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

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!