Part I: Negros Grapplers’ Challenge
By: James U. Sy Jr.
The martial arts renaissance in Negros continues with the explosive presentation of Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors Art Rumble) II by the Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th Degree Black Belt, in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Bacolod (TIFI-Bacolod) and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo last March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at the Food Court Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City .
A total of 12 martial arts organizations from Bacolod , Dumaguete, and Himamaylan Cities supported the event. The audience numbered to about 300.
The event made its historical mark as the first Submission Grappling tournament to be held in a mall in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.
The first recorded Submission Grappling tournament in Western Visayan, Negros Occidental, and Bacolod City was the Grappling Division of the 1st Mayor’s Cup “The Best of Martial Arts” organized by the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. last December 18, 2004 in Bacolod City. The first documented Submission Grappling competition in Iloilo was the 1st Paraw Regatta Grappling Tournament organized by the H.A.L.I.G.I. Foundation, Inc. of Founding Chairman Hon. Jed Mabilog on February 18, 2005 at SM City Iloilo.
Succeeding Submission Grappling tournaments included the Grappling Division of the Fight Club BRAWL I on December 10, 2005 at the Riverside Medical College and Tribe W.A.R. I on September 8, 2007 at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R).
Demonstrations: Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal and Master Berting Dajao of the KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) showed some trapping/tapi-tapi drills and disarming techniques. Founder James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Martial Arts Society, Inc. demonstrated the Kokusun Kata from Filipino Tang Soo Do and the 7-Steps Jo Kata of Nishio-Ryu Aikido.
Overall Champion: Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center (FC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil (5-5). 2nd Place : Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr. (3-2). 3rd Place : Negros Top Ten ( Dumaguete City ) of Hon. Cong. Henry Teves (2-1). 4th Place : Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team (SSP-BT) of Coach Jek Ferrer (1-1). 5th Place : Octagon Martial Arts (OMA) of Founder/Chief Instructor Carmelino “Jun” Rojo Jr. (0-2).
120 Lbs.: 2 times BRAWL MMA champion and URCC Cebu II winner Jet Lumawag of FC forced a tapout from BRAWL IV MMA veteran Joseph Fabrigas of OMA with a rear naked choke at 3:36 of the 1st round. Lumawag is now 1-0 1 Tapout in Submission Grappling (MMA record: 3-2 2 KO). Fabrigas fell to 0-1 (MMA: 0-1).
Lumawag is fresh from his Referee Stopped Contest (RSC) MMA victory against Geronimo Etac in URCC Cebu II “Visayan Pride” last February 28, 2008 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Lahug, Cebu City. Prior to that, he lost his URCC debut on October 27, 2007 in Dumaguete City .
120 Lbs. Women’s Division: LGDC Negros Regional Wushu Sanshou IV silver medallist Sheila Asdolo of TH over Abigail Uychiat of FC via tapout from a Kimura lock at 2.03 of the 1st round, the fastest of only 4 submission victories of the 11 bouts fought, with a fight time of only 2.03 in the 1st round.
The Asdolo-Uychiat match was the first women’s Submission Grappling bout to be held in Bacolod , Negros Occidental, and Western Visayas . The bout was also the only one in the event fought with a gi (traditional Japanese Martial Arts uniform). Asdolo is now 1-0 in Submission Grappling; Uychiat 0-1.
125 Lbs.: Miguel Gonzales of Negros Top Team over 4 times BRAWL champion Eugene Yunque of FC via judges’ decision. Gonzales brought his technical know-how of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the mat to take the victory for his Submission Grappling debut. Yunque’s Submission Grappling mark is now 0-1 (MMA: 5-1). Yunque lost his last MMA match at URCC Cebu II against Maxlito Yong.
Grappling Sensations Chester Laquian (on top) and Milo Abelido demonstrating the rules and techniques allowed of the highly explosive Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors Art Rumble) II by the Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr.in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Bacolod (TIFI-Bacolod) and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo last March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at the Food Court Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City (JAMES U. SY JR./CMAS PHOTO) .
Part II: Grapple Battle at the Mall
130 Lbs.: 2 times BRAWL MMA champion Jessie Fuentes of FC over BRAWL IV MMA veteran Romeo Solano of OMA via 2nd round disqualification, the only bout with such an ending. Fuentes is now 1-1 in Submission Grappling (MMA: 2-2); Solano 0-1 (MMA: 0-1).
Debuting Jasper Vedad of TH over BRAWL I champion Mark Lusabia of FC via judges’ decision. Vedad is now 1-0 in Submission Grappling; Lusabia 0-1 (MMA: 2-0). Jan Silayro of FC over Danny Lopez of TH via judges’ decision. Silayro is now 1-0 in Submission Grappling; Lopez 0-1.
155 Lbs.: Joel Trinidad of TH over Rancy Zabellero of FC via judges’ decision. Trinidad is now 1-0 in Submission Grappling; Zabellero 0-1. 180 Lbs.: Leandro V. Torre of FC over Luke Moleño of SSP-BT via judges’ decision.
Openweight: Jose Salus Populi Gutieres of Negros Top Team over BRAWL IV winner Ace Tupaz of FC via tapout from a Kimura at 3.30 of the 1st round. Gutieres displayed a very technical fight, being accurate in his takedowns and smooth in his transitions. The Gutieres-Tupaz bout was the fastest for the men’s division.
Juan Miguel Mosquera of SSP-BT over Tribe W.A.R. I Grappling champion Richard Dulaca of TH via judges’ decision.
James Infante of FC over Jose Salus Populi Gutieres of Negros Top Team via tapout from a guillotine choke at 0.36 of the 2nd round. The smaller Gutieres, the only fighter in the tournament to have fought twice, was ahead on points with three smooth takedowns in the 1st round. Gutieres opened up the 2nd round with another successful takedown but made the mistake of exposing his neck to Infante who instinctively snapped a choke and goes into the guard preventing Gutieres from switching positions.
Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team (SSP-BT), last year’s Tribe W.A.R. overall Grappling champion with 4 crowned titlists, wasn’t able to successfully defend their crown because they only had two entries for the second installment of Tribe W.A.R. Milo Abelido and Chester “The Grappling Sensation” Laquian, two of SSP-BT’s crowned champions last year, served as coach for this edition of Tribe W.A.R.
Tumbatsu Strikes and Submissions International ( Iloilo City ) was not able to join the competition because they did not beat the deadline for submission of entries.
Majority of the bouts ended in a judges’ decision (6 out of 11). There were 4 submissions (2 Kimura and 2 chokes) and the remaining bout was ended with a disqualification.
(Organizers, offciails, participants, and supporters of the highly successful Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors Art Rumble) II by the Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr.in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Bacolod (TIFI-Bacolod) and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo last March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at the Food Court Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City (JAMES U. SY JR./CMAS PHOTO) )
Officials: Founder/Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr. of Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Negros/Tribu Hangaway (Tournament Director), Founder/Chief Instructor Maxwell J. Maun of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts and 2007 POF Visayas Judo champion and Tribe W.A.R. I Grappling champion Mohammad El Hello of TIFI/TH (Referees), Master Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, Founder/Chief Instructor Russell Mohametano of the Musubi Dojo-Himamaylan Chapter, and Henried Lamayo Sensei of Atleta Judo Club (Judges), Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial Arts Society, Inc. (Scorekeeper/Event Coverage), Jake A. Bugna of TIFI/TH (Timer), Founder James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS (Emcee/Recordkeeper/Event Coverage), and West Negros Rescue Team headed by Lt. Ernan Ercarnado of the Philippine Army Reservist (Medical Team).
Guests: Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal and Master Berting Dajao of the KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA), Milo Abelido and Chester Laquian of Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team, Lafayette A. Diamante and Lorema H. Tacsagon of CMAS, Peter John L. Yap, Humberto Lim, and Pepe Chiu of Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod, and President Abraham Ganzon of the Filipino Integrated Guerilla Hand to Hand Tactics.
Sponsors: Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall , Nature’s Spring Mineral Water, CDO Bacolod Branch, and Coca Cola Philippines Bacolod Branch.