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Meggie Ochoa, Annie Ramirez secure golden double for Philippines



Jiu-jiteros Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez grabbed two gold medals for the Philippines on Tuesday night in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Ochoa won the first gold for the country in the 62-nation sportsfest following a convincing 5-0 victory over Vietnam’s Le Thu Trang Du in the women’s Ne-waza -45kg finals.

“I trained everyday coming in, except on Sundays. But the most important part of my preparation was fixing my mindset,” said Ochoa, a three-time world jiu-jitsu champion.

Ramirez followed Ochoa on the medal stands an hour later after defeating Jenna Kaila Napolis, 9-0, in the all-Filipino finale of the women’s Ne-waza -55kg category held at the Martial Arts Arena.

“I prepared the entire year for this and it paid off,” said the 26-year-old Ramirez, the reigning continental and Asian Beach Games champion.

Ramirez thanked his coach, Filipino judo icon John Baylon, for molding her into a winner.

The government, through the Philippine Sports Commission, will reward Ramirez and Ochoa with Php 2 million each.

The country’s medal production increased to two gold, three silver and one bronze medals, eclipsing the previous output of one gold and two bronze medals during the 2013 AIMAG in Incheon.

Gian Taylor Dee settled for the silver against Omar Alfadhli of UAE in the finals of the men’s -56kg to join Napolis and Marc Alexandar Lim (-69kg).

Overall, Filipino jiu-jiteros ended their campaign with two gold and three silver medals.



Philippine team exceeds expectations in AIMAG



Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

So it came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for.

“We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,” said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games.

It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea.

“We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,” said Del Rosario, who — along with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes — took care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports.

Jiu-jitsu grapplers Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth PHP 2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission, as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act.

Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz; trackster Eric Cray; muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit; bowler Kenneth Chua; and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government.

The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium.

Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla; the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina; and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis, and Gian Dee.

Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy; and wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals, as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon, and cue master Carlo Biado.

Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza, and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon.

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Mark Lim, Jonathan Maquilan advance to medal rounds in jiu-jitsu, traditional wrestling



Jiu-jitsu martial artist Marc Alexander Lim and wrestler Jonathan Maquilan defeated their rivals to move closer to the medal rounds on Monday, in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.


The 20-year-old Lim beat Arslan Setdarow of Turkmenistan, 4-0, in the men’s Ne-waza -69kg division, to the disappointment of an adoring crowd at the Martial Arts Arena here.

The 2015 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships bronze medalist scored four points with two minutes and 40 seconds left in the first round, after locking Setdarow in a superior position.

Lim, who hails from Davao City, next faces Ibrahim Abdulla Mohammed Alhosani of United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals.

Jiu-jitsu fighter Hansel Terrence Co was disqualified against Saoud Abdulla Yousef Ali of UAE in the quarters, while Gilbert Ombao (men’s ne-waza -94kg) couldn’t overcome the tenacity of Jonibek Atajanow of Turkmenistan.

Joining them at the exit were Apryl Jessica Eppinger (women’s ne-waza -62kg), who lost Buyandelger Battsogt of Mongolia and Lou-Ann Jindani (-70kg), who couldn’t find an answer to Onanong Sangsirichok of Thailand.

Traditional wrestling

Maquilan also moved forward to the quarterfinals following a 5-0 win over Jawid Ahmad Amiri of Afghanistan in the men’s classic -62kg traditional wrestling at the Main Indoor Arena.

Maquilan will have Turkemnistan’s Isgender Asyrow as opponent in the next round.

Wrestlers Michael Vijay Carter (men’s classic -57kg), URCC two-division champion Cris Hoffman Jr. (-90kg), Jefferson Manatad (-75kg), Grace Loberanes (women’s classic -52kg) and Noemi Tener (-58kg) earlier dropped their preliminary assignments.


Ronna Levita Ilao became the first casualty in taekwondo after falling prey to Iran’s Fatemeh Madahi, who prevailed, 10-5, and moved up to the quarterfinals of the women’s -46kg division.


Middle-distance runner Marco Vilog missed the finals after clocking 1:56.62 in the qualifying heat of the men’s 800m ruled by Jamal Hairane of Qatar (1:54.54) at the indoor athletics arena.

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Filipino grapplers shine in Japan



Jiu-jitsu, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, has sparked a wave of new federations to rise and offer prestige, incentives, and prize money to their athletes

The United Arab Emirates Jiu-jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) one of the biggest organizers for the sport kicked off their Grand Slam Series at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Tokyo, Japan last 15 July. Carrying the Philippine flag were Annie Ramirez of John Baylon Clube de Jiu-jitsu and Eros Vincent Baluyot of Atos.

Two-time World Champion Eros Baluyot has proven yet again he belongs with the elite with his gold medal victory.

Baluyot fought and bested three people to reach the top of the Light Featherweight brown belt division and a cash prize of $1,200.

The 24 year-old phenom won his first two fights via points but was able to win his final match via a choke from the back against Paulo Yaginuma from Brazil. Baluyot earlier won a gold medal in the Abu Dhabi Edition of the Grand Slam earlier this year.

Annie Ramirez has been an imposing figure in the grappling scene since she was in her collegiate days.

A former UAAP Judo MVP, the former Growling Tiger managed to come home with the Silver medal.

The 26-year old Bicol-native was able to train earlier this year in California in the headquarters of one of the most successful and competitive teams in the world, Checkmat.

She managed to squeak out her semifinals match with a win via an advantage only to lose to a hometown hero in the finals via advantage.

Ramirez credits her success to her training camp in the US which helped her level up even more as she was able to spar with the likes of multiple-time World Champion Michelle Nicolini, who constantly pushed her throughout that period.

“Sobrang okay kasi nakakaroll ko lahat ng women’s from white to black at mostly pa ay professional bjj athletes like Michele Nicolini etc. Marami ako natutunan nung nag training ako doon,” she said.

Ramirez’ next stint will be to represent flag and country in the 2nd edition of the Asian Ju-jitsu Championships in Hanoi, Vietnam this coming August.

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Ali Sulit’s dream becomes a reality



Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu is a culmination of decades-long of experience and hard work

Last February 17, 2017, Ali Sulit, head of Atos Jiu-Jitsu Philippines and a first degree Brazilian Jiu-jitsu blackbelt under Andre Galvao, launched his Jiu-jitsu brand aptly named as Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu. Along with Jiujitsu Manila and Subsport Philippines, the school is affiliated with Atos Jiu Jitsu Philippines.

“For over two years, I was being convinced to make such a move. I have always known that eventually I would have my own school or team,” Sulit shared about why he started his own brand.

“Having said that, I would like to state that I am greatly thankful that I have grown and learned so much being part of Atos Jiu-jitsu.”

What makes Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu different from the rest is that the main goal of the team is to develop holistic martial artists — the very essence of martial arts.

“The goal of Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu is the development of all its members in the pursuit of attaining their fullest potential — physically, mentally, and holistically that they may be better martial artists and individuals in society,” explained Sulit, who is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Carrying the banner of the brand are Sulit’s mainstay branches, which are comprised of the Ateneo and Fisher Mall in Quezon City, the Fitness Factory in Makati City, and the Atos Cagayan de Oro branch.

“Coach Ali”, as he is known to most of his students, regularly rotates and visits his branches, and coordinates with his coaches and instructors in order to deliver the curriculum with his desired goals.Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu-3362

Love for grappling in general is actually what drove the 2016 IBJJF Asian Open Champion to formalize his team. He feels that he needs to help bring back the essence of Jiu-jitsu as a martial art.

“Nowadays the study of Jiu-jitsu has a tendency to be approached only as a sport. The classes and lessons are often mostly geared for techniques and moves that can be used in a competition,” added the 41-year-old mentor.

“I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I believe that one can maximize the benefits of Jiu-jitsu if one is taught and guided to study it, practice it, and appreciate it holistically.”

It is through his study of Judo where Sulit grounds his approach.

“Judo is more traditional. I suppose that’s where I draw it from- the knowledge and belief that martial arts can be more and in effect, the student who understands this can have and be more,” stressed Sulit, who is also mentoring the Ateneo Judo Association.

All of Atos Jiu-jitsu Philippines branches were well represented during the event, which was held at the Lounge in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

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