The recently concluded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grading was a milestone for Fist-Fabricio Team as it saw new blue & purple belts. The grading was spearheaded by 3rd degree BJJ Black Belt and head coach Stephen Kamphuis. It was held on December 12, 2014, at KMA-Fabricio Martial Arts Academy at Makati City, Philippines.
Many would attest that the hardest belt to attain in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the second one, which is the blue belt. It is during the transition from white to blue that one has to learn the wide spectrum that BJJ offers. Learning various positions and submissions from all angles and situations are the pre-requisites in achieving a blue belt ranking. That is what exactly Ramon Nabong III and Carol Pajaron achieved. Thirdy, as Ramon is fondly called, has been a white belt for 3 years and is also an MMA fighter. Carol, an awardee of several BJJ local and international competitions, was a varsity athlete of Ateneo University’s women basketball team before she fell in love with BJJ.
Surviving several injuries and one major surgery, 41-year old Rosenberg Rosete just would not quit. A Muay Thai fighter, Rosen got bitten by the BJJ bug in 2006. Starting BJJ in his mid-30s, he encountered a lot of challenges in terms of juggling between family and career priorities, in addition to recurring injuries he sustained from his muay thai training. By 2010, he was awarded his blue belt and has won several medals in both national and international competition. It was also during his blue belt stint that Rosen put up an MMA gym (Fist Gym) together with his business partners. This allowed him to focus more on developing his BJJ game. At present, he is one of the active competitors and trainers of Fist Gym.