Learn Brazilian jiujitsu from experts

Anna Isabel C. Rodriguez
Marcos Yoshio De Souza and Roberto Satoshi De Souza will come to the Philippines to teach jiujitsu

LEARN THESE MOVES. Marcos Yoshio de Souza has his knee on his opponent's belly, a Brazilian jiujitsu move. Photo courtesy of Origins BJJ.

MANILA, Philippines – What better way to learn a new sport than with the world experts themselves?

Brazillian Jiujitsu legends Marcos Yoshio De Souza and Roberto Satoshi De Souza will come to the Philippines on Sunday, April 22 to teach a one day jiujitsu seminar.

Reigning Asian champion Marcos De Souza and reigning European champion Roberto Satoshi De Souza come from a family of accomplished Jiujitsu practitioners.

Both were trained by their father, the late Master Adilson de Souza.

Organized by Origins BJJ, the newest Brazillian Jiujitsu team in the Philippines, the club welcomes anyone with an interest in jiujitsu, regardless of team and affiliation.

The Philippines is currently the largest and most competitively successful BJJ country in South East Asia.


Originally from Brazil, Marcos and Roberto were invited by their eldest brother Mauricio to compete in Japan. They dreamt of opening their own BJJ academy there, just like Mauricio had done.

The initial struggles brought about by trying to realize the dream of building their academy entailed the brothers to hold jobs as factory workers and even as club bouncers.

The product of their hard work is the famous Bonsai Academy in Japan.

LEGENDS AND BROTHERS. Brothers Marcos Yoshio De Souza and Roberto Satoshi De Souza are Brazillian Jiujitsu legends. Courtesy of Origins BJJ.

Both brothers have been winning major world titles in the past 5 year and are widely known as tomorrow’s biggest stars of the sport. Marcos is the current Asian Champion, while Roberto won the European Championships this year with less than a year in the black belt division.

Aside from being the reigning Asian champion, Marcos De Souza’s accomplishments include being a DUMAU Cup Champion (2010 weight & absolute), an All Japan Jiu-Jitsu Champion (2010 weight & absolute, 2009 absolute), a West Japan Absolute Champion (2010), an Aichi Open Champion, a DUMAU International Champion (2010 weight & absolute), a World Pro Cup Asian Trials Champion (2010), a DEEP X 4 Champion (2009), a Newaza de Go Champion (2008), a Rickson Gracie Cup Champion (2006), a Paulista Champion (2005, 2006), and a Brazilian National Cup Champion (2005).

Roberto Satoshi De Souza, the reigning european champion is also a European Open Champion (2012 black, 2011 brown), an Asian Open Champion (2010 absolute), a World Champion (2006 blue weight & absolute, 2009 purple, 2010 brown, a Rickson Gracie Cup Champion (2008 purple, 2010 brown open weight), a DEEP XGP Champion (2007), and a Sao Paulo State Champion (2007). – Rappler.com

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