Brazilian jiu-jitsu champs demonstrate moves, trainers share wisdom

Marcos Yoshio De Souza and Roberto Satoshi De Souza host Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar for Filipinos

HEAD LOCK. Brothers Marcos and Roberto De Souza demonstrate a Brazilian jiu-jitsu move for the press at Club 650, Eastwood City.  April 22, 2012. Loj Guinmapang.

MANILA, Philippines – Brazilian jiu-jitsu champions Marcos Yoshio De Souza and Roberto Satoshi De Souza grappled and locked each other as they demonstrated new moves in the jiu-jitsu seminar hosted by Origins BJJ.

The De Souza brothers taught fighting techniques that have never before been seen in the country. They showed a mixture of locks and holds that are used to grapple opponents to the ground.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a complete art of self – defense based on ground fighting. It teaches practitioners to fight from their backs. 

According to Marcos, the edge of jiu-jitsu over other martial arts is that “in jiu-jitsu you can put your opponent into a dragging position and wrestle them.” 

About 50 jiu-jitsu practitioners from different clubs and teams attended the seminar to learn up-to-date moves.

Origins BJJ is the newest Brazilian jiu-jitsu team in the Philippines. The team aims to provide an avenue where people can practice the martial art and foster an open environment.

Champion teachers

Asian champion Marcos De Souza and European champion Roberto Satoshi De Souza were trained by their father, Master Adilson de Souza when they were young.

Everyone in their family is an accomplished practitioner.   

The De Souzas regularly train twice a day — practicing techniques and lifting weights in the morning, while teaching in their school during the afternoon. 

The brothers together with their other siblings run 2 Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools in Japan.

WATCH AND LEARN. Men, women, young, and old gather to observe how the foreign moves are done. April 22, 2012. Loj Guinmapang.

Roberto and Marcos have already won several titles from around the world. Roberto recently bagged the 2012 Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-jitsu Championship under the 76kg category, while Marcos is preparing for this year’s DUMAU Cup in July.

Building camaraderie

BJJ instructors Aldo Torres, Mike Vives and TJ Sulit started Origins BJJ to create an environment where people learn and mend their knowledge.

“We want to take out the stigma of martial arts that it is intimidating in order to have the friendly and open environment for everybody,” shares Torres.

The instructors treat everyone as equals, where they try to eliminate the chain of commands in terms of their rankings, making a point to listen to everybody’s suggestions and deeming that they can learn from one another.

“We try to instill this culture, where we welcome new comers and take them under our wing, everyone who has been here longer has a role in being a big brother or mentor to everybody,” said Torres.

A way of life

Jiu-jitsu is a life sport that can be likened to chess. 

“You have to try to think ahead of time, limit your opponent’s options,” said Origins BJJ instructor Mike Vives.

IN ACTION. Marcos assists seminar attendees as they practice their newly learned jiu-jitsu techniques. April 22, 2012. Loj Guinmapang.

The sport has also changed the lifestyle of its practitioners. 

“People get really involved in jiu-jitsu. They enjoy the blending of the physical and mental aspect of the sport, and you’d be amazed at how many people stop drinking and go vegetarian or vegan,” shared Vives. “They cut out all the bad stuff and better there selves, trying to apply the things they’ve learned.”

The trainers encourage people to try jiu-jitsu. People often realize that it’s not as hard as they thought it once was, until they take the first step.

“Don’t be intimidated that you see a lot of people rolling around, everyone is always friendly,” Vives added. “You’d be amazed of the camaraderie, not just in our group but within a lot of groups, you’d be amazed that everyone is just trying to be better.” –

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