More than the medals and the podium finishes, it was the age-defying courage and skills that highlighted Team Fist-Fabricio’s dominance in the recently concluded 2015 Pan Asians Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Open (Masters Division). The event was held on SM Mall of Asia grounds on May 15, 2015.
The “Masters Division” refers to the age group bracket from 30 years old and up. The division is further divided into 3 sub-groups: Masters 1 (aged 30 to 34), Masters 2 (aged 35 to 39) and Masters 3 (aged 40 and up_. Among the Masters 3 competitors were the “40-year old and up” grapplers Rosenberg Rosete (purple belt), Arturo Pascua (blue belt) and Von Rio Tayab (white belt). All of them settled for podium finishes. What’s seemingly surprising for these athletes, aside from their ability to defy age, is their dedication to the preparation and training despite life priorities. Assuming the roles of fathers, husbands, employees, entrepreneurs, socio-civic activists, they still found time to spend at least 2 hours a day of intensive training for this competition.
Same can be said of the two other competitors under Masters 2- Jerry Legaspi and Alan Permalona, with the former settling for a silver medal finish in the purple belt division.
And as the event concluded, Team Fabricio (which includes all other affiliates of Kamphuis-Fabricio Jiu Jitsu) bagged the overall champion for the Masters Division. cementing the dominance of the Fabricio “Masters”.