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Thursday, September 13, 2012

BJJ in Borneo

Whenever I go to a different place, I always try to visit or train in a local BJJ gym. Not that I have done it a lot of times, but I want to set a trend. So when I decided to climb Mt. Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, I contacted BJJ Borneo (Facebook). I have met and made friends with most of the team's members during competitions in Manila (they're all cool and easy to get along with!), so I was excited.

I planned on training with them AFTER my Mt. Kinabalu climb, which was a stupid mistake. My legs were so sore for three days, I couldn't even walk without my knees buckling every now and then! But I still managed to visit their dojo and have dinner with them. It was an intermediate class, so understandably there were only a handful of people on the mat. Allen Chong, a purple belt, handled the class. Once you know him, you will never mistaken him for someone else -- he has that guy with a very big, generous smile constantly planted on his face! There were three girls on the mat, and I would have loved to roll with them! Too bad I really could hardly move.

Here are some photos I took during their training.

Oh, and here are some shots in Mt. Kinabalu. Story HERE.

Sunrise from above

Sunday, September 9, 2012

ADCC Asia-Pacific World Qualifying Trials

The ADCC World Qualifying Trials for Asia-Pacific region is happening in Manila, Philippines on November 3-4, 2012!

Official Website: ADCC Trials
Register here: REGISTRATION

"For the first time the ADCC Asia - Pacfic World Qualifying Championships will be held in Manila Philippines on November 3-4, 2012. 
This is the selection trials for the 2013 World ADCC Championships and the largest grappling event to be held in the Asean region. 
The winners of the Advanced divisions will receive free accommodation and airfare to compete at the ADCC 2013 World Championships.   
Entry for the Advanced division are restricted to competitors holding passport from the eligible countries listed(Asia - Pacific region, Guam residents must bring a drivers license and passport, all Advanced competitors must show their passport). 
The Beginners, Female, Juniors and Masters divisions (over 35 years born 1982 and before) are open to all competitors from any country. There are no passport or country of origin restrictions. 
To foster the sport the ADCC Asia - Pacfic Championships will be held in conjunction with an ADCC Beginners event open to BJJ White and Blue belts or wrestlers with less than 36 months experience. 
Referees seminar will be held 10am Friday Nov 2 at KMA Makati Gym, Ground floor Rada Regency, Rada corner De le Rosa Street Makati. Participants will be eligible for a class C, ADCC referees license (cost P700)."

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