by Coach Noel Villa

Cagayan de Oro City’s Brazilian Jiujitsu Team – Atos Cagayan de Oro led by Head Coach and founding member “Popo” Juarez took his team to Taipei to compete in the Taiwan Gi and No Gi Championship last March 16, 2019.

The Championship which was held at Xinyo Sports Center was sanctioned by Asian Sport Jiujitsu Federation and registration for the said tournament was at full capacity.

“5 of my guys are competing (4 males 1 female), I’m officiating only. First time for me to ref internationally and first time for my students to compete outside the country.” said Coach Popo during an interview prior to the tournament proper. Aside from teaching the sport of Jiujitsu, Coach Popo is also the Head of Capitol University’s Human Resource Department and Acting Principal of the Basic Education Department.

The local athletes who are all members of the Ali Sulit Jiujitsu Team – Atos in CDO were as follows:

  1. Gino Presillas – middleweight, blue belt.
  2. Constantine Tan – middle heavyweight and open class blue belt
  3. Mariel Jugador – light featherweight and open weight in both Gi and Nogi, blue belt
  4. Solomon Tan – light featherweight, blue belt gi and nogi
  5. Jeffrey Limbonhai- featherweight and open weight, purple belt

The Taiwan tournament was the team’s first ever competition outside the country and they all performed strong, placing a podium finish and bringing home medals.

Jeffrey Limbonhai got a Gold Medal, Solomon Tan got Silver Gi and Silver No Gi, Gino Presillas finishes with a Silver Gi, and Constantine Tan took home a Bronze Medal while the only female athlete of the team, Mariel Jugador, stood out claiming 2 Gold medals in Nogi weight class and Open Weight.

It was indeed a very successful tour and a great overall team performance.

Interested in learning about Brazilian Jiujitsu? Get in touch with Atos – Cagayan de Oro through their Facebook Page or visit them at Axis Gym on Monday-Friday from 7-9PM and on Saturday 5-7PM.

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