Over 200 competitors from Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Australia, the United States and the Philippines joined the Philippine Jiu-Jitsu Gi/No Gi National Championships held at the Event Center of SM City Sucat, Parañaque City over the weekend.
Jiu-jitsu, literally the “gentle art” originated in Japan but its Brazilian version, now popular all over the world, focuses on grappling especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, popularized by the Gracie family of Brazil is both a martial art and a combat sport. In gi events, the competitors wear a traditional jiu-jitsu gi or uniform while in no-gi events, the contestants just wear ordinary t-shirts and fight shorts.
Tournament organizer Stephen Kamphuis said that the tournament was recognized by the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines (BJJFP) is the prime jiu-jitsu organizaion in the country.
“The strongest nation in jiu-jitsu in Southeast Asia is the Philippines” Kamphuis said recognizing the Filipinos’ potential in the sport against the world’s best.
The gold medal winners in the women’s white belt division were Team Atos’ Mara Yokohama (under-53.5kg), Origin BJJ’s Paui Pena (u-58.5kg) and Team Fabricio’s Vanessa Lu (Over 58.5kg) who also won the gold in the women’s absolute class.
In men’s white belt division, the gold medal winners were Isaiah Paolo Salazar (U-64kg), Daniel Uychoco (U-70kg), Wilander Ordi¬nado (U-76kg), Chuck Harold Luya (U-82.3kg), Monch Santiago (U-88.3kg), John Paulo Rolluqui (U-94.3kg) and Peter Witley (Over-100.5kg) who also bagged the gold medal in the men’s white absolute division.
In the master’s white belt 2 class the gold medallists were Ethelbert Chang (U-76kg) and Froilin Basco (O-82.3kg).
The gold medal winners in the mens’s purple belt division were Gian Dee (u-64kg), Shawn Weisenburgh (u-76kg), Gerard Gallos (u-82.3kg) and Chang-hoon Suk (over-94.3kg).
Meanwhile, Fitness Fight Club domi¬nated the purple absolute division.
Bagging gold in men’s brown belt division were Ken Noda (u-79kg) and Myengse Hwang (over-79kg) who also won the men’s brown absolute class.
In the children’s white belt-gi division, Gabriel Lorenzo Alava (u-30kg), Lucas Aguilar (u-35kg), Joshua Benjamin Dy (u-45kg) and Nicolas Gabriel Ceriola (u-55kg) emerged as gold medalists. Antonio Louix Ceriola won the gold in the children’s over 60kg. event.
No gi division
The gold medal winners in the junior white belt-gi divisions were Christian Mortil (u-58.5kg), Ef Sevilla (u-62kg) and Vince Leon Gatan (u-67kg).
Another big competition is scheduled in May next year at the SM Mall of Asia where 600 participants from Asian countries are expected join.