2017 DEFTAC-Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Nationals set for March 25

DEFTAC: the team that started the Jiu-jitsu and MMA movement in in the Philippines, Southeast Asia’s first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu team and concurrently Asia’s largest and most successful Jiu-jitsu organization, will be holding its first inter-DEFTAC Jiu-jitsu tournament this Saturday, March 25th, at The Palace Pool Club.

The said event is entitled the 2017 DEFTAC RIBEIRO-JIU-JITSU NATIONALS and will be held in cooperation with Wrestling Association of the Philippines, Ikiro Fightwear, A-Game Sport Philippines, Gatorade Philippines, Lifeline Ambulance, Healthy Foodie Manila, and BAMF Mixed Martial Arts Center.

DEFTAC was established in 1996, and for more than two decades, we have successfully dominated as overall champions at every competition held in the region. Every year for the last 7 years, Team DEFTAC has reigned as Pan Asian International Overall Champions and just last year, Dumau International Open Overall Champions. DEFTAC has the distinction of producing the most National and international Champions in MMA and Jiujitsu/ Grappling in the region.

Our team is founded and home to the first home-grown Filipino black belt, our head coach Professor Alvin Aguilar, as well as 6 other homegrown black belts and 20 brown belts – making us the only team in the Philippines with the over 25 highest ranking jiu-jitsu practitioners. We are also home to hundreds of National and International Jiu-jitsu champions, including Asian Open Champions our founder Alvin Aguilar and Kat Siozon; first Filipino Jiu-jitsu World Champion Maybelline Masuda and Worlds Silver Medalist, Kimberly Custodio. In the last 2 years, we have focused all efforts to ensure that our growth is sustained through spreading out our sphere of influence; bringing our jiu-jitsu, our team and our family around the whole country.

We embarked on a mission we call, #DEFTACNATION, which turned to creating leaders out of our hundreds of members, and sending them to cover and teach in all areas and regions throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Much to the success of this mission, we’ve managed to create 45 chapters across the nation, making us legitimately and the largest affiliation and most successful team in Asia.

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Now that we have the numbers, we’ve grown large enough to hold our very own in-house tournament, which we have dubbed the 2017 Deftac-Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Nationals. It will be featuring competition between the best of our team and family from all 45 chapters in all 5 jiu-jitsu belt ranks; it’s never been done before, and we’re looking at making this historical event huge!

The DEFTAC Jiu-jitsu program, is headed by Prof. Alvin Aguilar, who is also the founder of the URCC and is the current WAP President. The team’s international Jiu-jitsu affiliation is under one of the most dominating brothers ever in the history of Jiu-jitsu, the Ribeiro brothers. Both Saulo and Xande Ribeiro are multiple times world champions. Alvin says he feels he never knew Jiu-jitsu until he trained with Saulo and Xande.

The team has been dubbed as the factory of champions, but what sets them apart from other teams is “that we all treat each other as family, our goal is to make ourselves and everyone around us better” To date, they have more 45 chapters and they have an ever increasing student base. Every chapter treats and helps each other. Everyone moves and acts in one direction. All chapters help one another especially when others visit in all areas around the Philippines. They have the distinction also of winning the largest tournament in the region (Pan-Asians) for the last six years. They decided to skip this year to prepare and mold each other better for other international competitions given they keep winning the Pan-Asians despite the adverse calls against them in the tournament.

DEFTAC will continue to grow and improve because, like its founder says, “if you aren’t constantly improving then you are going down.” Stay tuned for more great things from DEFTAC as we will make this a DEFTAC nation.

There are 265 registered competitors for the 2017 DEFTAC RIBEIRO-JIU-JITSU NATIONALS hailing from different regions in the Philippines; all from One Team, One Family: DEFTAC.

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