Sangiao: Start them young

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By Mark Sangiao

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Friday, February 21, 2014


THE 15th installment of the Team Lakay High-Altitude Grappler’s Cup was participated by more than 80 competitors from 9 competing gyms and teams.

There were 3 junior female divisions, 2 senior female divisions, 5 junior male divisions, 8 senior male divisions and an absolute division which is for the advanced grapplers.

Competitors who got first place in their respective divisions were Mark Stephen Loman, Gerard Gamwawen, Joshua Pacio, Mhel Clinton Remolar, Frederick Matson, Leo Alejandro, Jarland Galao-ey, Shuke Ozo, Francis Ventura, April Osenio, Jayvie Mae Espada, Hajimar Tawas, Taro Barrientos, Estrada Donga-as, Bryce Fagyan, Mikee Trinidad, Angela Afalio, Staphanie Dakilay, and Mariah Pauly.

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Second Placers were Egly Diaz Jr., Echo Bulan, Jeremy Pacatiw, Danny Kingad, Moises Lalto-og, Allan Rivera, Bracken Bumakas, Aldrix Navalta, Christian Morenio, Tara Caranto, Lea Gamboa, Trance Cudao, Lazaro Rafael, John Ira Barrientos, Jolex Fang-ed, Zack Aquitania, Tyrene Tung-alan, Jeny Ann Galaweng and Zoey Itliong.

Grapplers who took the 3rd Place in their own divisions were Jerome Wanawan, Jaime Langwawey, Matthew Perez, Arvin Jose, Mary Nuesca, Lemer Maximino, Juanchio Pamintrad, Christoph Uta, Russel Lee Api-it, Oliver Mabanta, Fitzmurphy Quintin, Aldwin Nicdao, Dennis Atio-an, Limuel Agbanlog, Proper delos Santos, Bernard Bariuan, Maricel Epad, Ruth Ann Minggol, Divine Wally, Regina Canas, Jonas Repollo, Timothy Donguez, Edgar Puyao Jr., Le-ar Pinmiliw, Jason Ananayo, Jhanlo Mark Sangiao, Zuck Aquitania, Analiza Filog, Yulijane Biang, Editha Kowat, Zaira Aquitania and Zia Aquitania.

Participating gyms were Altitude Gym, Tribal Submission, YMCA or the Young Men’s Christian Association and Lakay Central Gym from Baguio City, Lakay MPSPC from Mountain Province, Lakay San Fernando from La Union, Rivera BJJ MMA Association (RBMA) from Pampanga, Da Bigz’ Gym from Switzerland and the Lakay La Trinidad Gym from Benguet.

Lakay Central Gym defended their overall champion crown, Lakay La Trinidad Gym was the 1st Runner-Up, Lakay MPSPC was the 2nd Runner-Up and YMCA-Baguio finished the competition as 3rd Runner-Up.

Sponsors for the said event were Bagsan Law Office, Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr., DIGMA Clothing, Greenwich Pizza- Session Road Branch, Summer Capital’s Spa located at Room 308, Laperal Bldg., Session Road, Baguio City and Malcom Travel Sale located at Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.

Generally, the event was a total success. We have increasing number of participants which means that many are becoming interested in the sport. We have observed too that lots of grappling techniques were executed during the event. It just shows that the sport is becoming more developed and practiced these days.

The participants were of different ages starting at 8 years old. We want to encourage the parents to let their kids enrol in such sports.

Starting to learn and train at a young age is better than starting at the latter stage in one’s life. The development of the body parts goes with the mastery of the body with the moves and techniques. It takes a long time for the body to get adapted and it’s better to start them young to really hone the skills and knowledge, and this applies to every sport.

But for the older ages, of course it’s not yet late to start too. For as long as you are willing to learn, the human body has the ability to adapt to whatever changes that it needs, especially if you are really interested and you really want it.

For those interested to enrol in this kind of sport and of Mixed Martial Arts, you can enrol in any of the gyms which participated in the said event.

For the kids, enrolment for the summer classes is ongoing. Classes will start by the last week of March as school classes will end.
Classes for kids are strictly supervised by adults and we require parental consent and guidance.

For the ones already practicing the sport and are interested to compete; train hard, practice well and we’ll see you again on the 16th Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup on April.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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