WATCH: Local practitioners share thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu’s future in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Although the country is heavily engrossed in basketball, boxing, billiards, and currently volleyball, local practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu believe that the martial art discipline could find a foothold in Philippine sports in the future. (READ: Filipinos have potential in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, says Arte Suave boss

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting, and it was formed from Kodokan Judo fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals, including pioneers Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Satake. (WATCH: Highlights of Arte Suave Manila 2016)

The martial art eventually came to be its own discipline through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie in the 1900s.

Fight promoters Franco Rulloda and Alvin Aguilar talked to Rappler as they gave their respective insights on the growth and development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines. (WATCH: Highlights of Arte Suave Manila's super-fights–