Sangiao: Grappling, A Way of Life-A A +A
By Mark Sangiao
Friday, August 23, 2013
I WOULD like to continue giving our readers concepts and additional knowledge about Grappling.
As the title of my column, "Tap Out" means submission or surrendering to your opponent's act before it gives injury to the part of the body which has been locked or trapped.
Tapping out is done by tapping the mat or the body of the opponent. Tapping one’s own body is not advisable and dangerous since the one doing the submission attempt may not be able to feel or tell if his opponent has surrendered and may cause further damage such as dislocation of joints in locks or making the opponent unconscious in cases of chokes.
This sport is called Grappling or Jiu Jitsu. Grappling, as the word implies is the act of seizing another or each other, as in firm grip. Grappling refers to techniques, movements and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain physical advantage such as takedowns, proper positioning, mounting, submitting or locking, escaping and controlling your opponent. The sport does not include striking.
In grappling/jiu jitsu, it is a common concept that a smaller, younger, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, older, stronger opponent by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground-most notably by applying techniques such as joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.
However, I can say that this is not always the case. One practitioner should also not forget that technique is not just the only factor to win in this sport. We must consider the size, strength and proper conditioning of the opponent, especially if the two have equal mastery of techniques.
It is again the time of the year when we experience continuous raining. But despite the heavy rains and the bad weather, an athlete is always an athlete. It is already in his blood, it is in his system.
He cannot move or think properly when he does not exercise or go to the gym for a long period of time. Others, if there is really no way to go out, work out at their own house or at least within his own vicinity. Some improvise equipments such as the bench press, barbells, dumbbells, punching bags made out of sacks full of sand and the like.
There is no stopping someone who wishes to change his life for the better, for good health and for healthy living as well as in achieving his goals of winning or competing successfully.
Nevertheless, it is still a different experience when one goes to the gym to work out, exercise, train and practice. It is the feeling to spar with other team mates or gym members; that feeling of hearing the voice of the coaches and trainers; and that feeling of being challenged when seeing others being so determined in what they do.
Of course we wish for a good weather so we can also go out and have our outdoor trainings, which offers different atmosphere compared inside the gym. Bad weather is nature’s call. It is beyond our own control. What we have to do is to maximize our time in the gym.
These athletes are now in preparation for the upcoming events where Team Lakay will be participating. One of which is the 14th series of our Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup which will be held on August 31, 2013 at 9 o’clock in the morning at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium located at Km. 5, La Trinidad, Benguet.
The system of competition is conducted under the single elimination system with one round of 5 minutes where the winner is determined by the judges’ score cards and in case of a draw, additional 3 minutes will be given.
Other ways of winning are submission via physical tap-out or verbal tap-out, referee stoppage, disqualification or by default.
With all the above-mentioned information, the most priority, whether during training or competition, is the safety of each athlete. Kids should always be under supervision. One should not try to attempt a lock or choke without any guidance from the coach, trainer or an expert of the technique. Though this is one of the most fun sports to engage in, it should always be done properly.
Goals of engaging in this kind of sport and competition is to promote physical fitness, build one’s character, sportsmanship, friendship and teaches one to always be humble. Through this event and sport, one needs to be submissive in cases where he/she can no longer defend himself to prevent further damage or injury. This also applies in life.
While we have continually held our Grappler’s Cup, more and more gyms, schools, teams and organizations are participating in our event. At this point in time, aside from our regular participating team of Lakay Central Gym, Lakay La Trinidad Gym and Lakay San Fernando Gym of La Union, some gyms have committed to participate such as Lakay MPSPC (Mountain Province State Polytechnique College) from Bontoc, Fabricio- South team from Manila, Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Pines City College (PCC), Tribal Submission, Fight Corps, Ultimate Fitness Center Gym (UFC), Team Torogi and Altitude Gym from Baguio City.
We would like to thank the office of the Municipality of La Trinidad for letting us use the municipal Gymnasium. Likewise, we also appreciate the support given by our sponsors like, 50’s Diner, Tiong San Department Store, Dante Bagsan Law Office and Potato Grill.
We encourage everyone to come watch the event not only just for entertainment but to know more about the sport and in support to our local athletes. This is one aspect of mixed martial arts and with this event; we aim to develop more of our participants’ ground skills.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 24, 2013.