Team Fabricio’s Karlo Sevilla and Gilbert Ombao led the winners in the 2016 Philippine International Open Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Gi/No Gi held recently at the Mall of Asia activity center in Pasay City. Gi and No Gi are the two forms of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The former is grappling with the use of a gi or traditional uniform, which allows the competitor to grab the clothing of your opponent, while the latter is grappling without the gi, with the contestants just wearing shorts and a rash guard.
Sevilla, a former national team member, defeated Michael Rey Villafuerte to rule the Under 79.5-kg. Medio Masters’ Blue/Purple while Ombao beat Khalid Gorospe to dominate the Over 79.5-kg. Masters’ Blue/Purple.
Sharing the spotlight were John Alexander Genese (Under 55.5-kg. Galo), EF Sevilla (Under 61.5-kg. Pluma), Lorenzo Cruz (Under 79.5-kg. Medio), Henri Saarenpa (Under 91.5-kg. Pesado), Lupano Laurio Jr. (Under 67.5-kg. Pena), Michael Otte (Absolute) and Michael Otte (Under 73.5-kg. Leve), who dominated their respective weight-classes in the Basic Division/White Belt.
Elena Tyan (Under 56.5-kg Pena), Hui Hoon Teo (Over 56.5-kg. Medio), Camille Dela Paz (Absolute) bagged the top honors in the women’s division white category while Ivy Alcala (Under 51.5-kg. Pluma) and Vanessa Lu (Absolute and Over 56.5-kg. Medio) were the gold medalists in the women’s blue event.
The junior white belt winners were Christial Mortil (Under 62-kg. Pena) and Vince Leon Gatan (Under 77.3-kg. Medio Pesado) while Dindo Gatan (Under 79.5-kg. Medio) and Agustin Mulok (Under 73.5-kg Leve) won in the master’s white.
Also winning gold medals were Joaquin Mendoza (Under 61.5-kg. Galo), Marc Lim (Under 73.5-kg. Pena and Absolute), Denis Gorozhankin (Under 97.5-kg. Super Pesado) and Rian Seranilla (Under 67.5-kg. Pluma) in the men’s intermediate/blue belt; Phoenix Osterstrom (Under 67.9-kg. Pena), Jaguar Tang (Under 77.9-kg. Leve) and Magomed Tsakayev (Over 87.9-kg. Pesado and Absolute) in the men’s advanced/purple belt.
The other gold medalists were Eric Sian and Matt Kocal in the men’s advanced.
The tournament was organized by the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation of the Philippines, which aims to “assist in the growth, development and integrity of the Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Philippines for all participants and supporters.”
EMIL C. NOGUERA