Sangiao: A Competition of Passion-A A +A
By Mark Sangiao
Friday, August 30, 2013
THIS is the day. This is the time. Now is the moment for the competition; the event that the participants have prepared for – the 14th Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup.
Different participants from as far as Manila, Mountain Province and La Union have arrived. They have prepared, practiced and trained. Each hoping to apply the techniques that they have learned; each looking forward to test themselves in terms of competitions like this.
We hope to promote a competition that is based in a high-altitude atmosphere, different from those of the other parts of the country. In this way, we also hope to help promote our local tourism.
Today’s Grappler’s Cup is its 14th series, the previous ones were held in different school gyms, local parks, beach shore and even at a roof top of one of the famous buildings in La Trinidad and today, we are having it at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium with the aim of helping the local government to promote sports especially to the youth, which we believe is one of the advocacies of the present leadership.
The objective of the event is to promote the sport of Grappling or Jiu Jitsu; to develop one’s characters, sportsmanship and camaraderie among its participants; to provide exposure for our local athletes to show their skills; and to develop the ground skills of the participants.
Participants are divided in 2 divisions, the junior division which are those 17 years old and below; and the senior division who are those 18 years old and above; each with female and male divisions which consists of different weight categories.
The system of competition is conducted under the single elimination system with one round of 5 minutes where the winner is determined by the point system scored by the judges.
In scoring, judges can give points to the one who shows clear control for 3 seconds. This includes takedowns, sweeps, throws, passing guard, back mounts, body triangle and knee on belly.
In case of a draw, additional 3 minutes will be given.
Other ways of winning are referee stoppage, disqualification, default or by submission win via verbal tap-out or physical tap-out which is done by tapping the mat or the body of the opponent, in order for the one submitting to feel and know that his opponent has surrendered and therefore, let go of the grip or lock to prevent further injury.
Referees should always be aware and alert for him to see the tap or hear verbal submission.
A competitor may be disqualified if he strikes his opponent in any kind, holding shirts or shorts, head butting, hair pulling, biting, or other conducts which are unsportsmanlike which may cause injury to an opponent.
In competitions such as this, knowing the rules well is as much as important as knowing the techniques. Winner will be determined by the most passionate of this sport. Passionate in learning the sport and passionate in competing, passionate in winning and as well as passionate in accepting defeat and learning from this experience and become better in the future.
Participating gyms are the Lakay Central Gym, Lakay La Trinidad Gym, Lakay San Fernando Gym from La Union, Lakay Mountain Province (Mountain Province State Polytechnique College) headed by coach Rommel Fecha, Fabricio South team from Manila, Team Torogi headed by coach Brent Velasco, Bravehearts gym headed by Danrey Velo, Fight Corps headed by Miguel Tabora and Nicho Tabora, Altitude Gym headed by Paolo Vergara, Philippine Military Academy headed by Jackson Gulayan, Cordillera Career and Development College headed by Bobby Flores, Tribal Submission Gym headed by coach Christian Gazmin, Pines City College, Ultimate Fitness Center, and Benguet State University.
We would like to thank Mayor Edna Tabanda of the Municipality of La Trinidad for letting us use the municipal gymnasium.
We would also like to thank our sponsors, 50’s Diner, Tiong San Department Store, Dante Bagsan Law Office and Potato Grill and Resto.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 31, 2013.