Encore Holds Inaugural Tournament, Promises a Bigger One Next Year

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Count on Encore House of Athletes to stay at the forefront of promoting the sport of jiu-jitsu in Pasig. Last December, coach Joshua Abella and the team successfully organized the 1st Encore Jiu-Jitsu Invitational Tournament despite the heavy rains.

It was a two-day event that featured gi and no gi action courtesy of Encore’s resident stranglers along with other grapplers from NorCal Grappling Crew, KMA, New Era Wrestling comprising of Sprawl, Atos, and Origins BJJ members, as well as independent competitors.

On day 1, brothers Joaquin and Joshua Dy brought their impressive guard game to make their presence felt, topping their respective divisions in the gi, just like Emerald Tayag and Jigs Quesada. The following day, returning competitors Mitchell Ian Nadres and Ansis Barretto proved they still have it as they impressed in their respective categories. Joshua Cabalinan took his division and the absolutes.

The first Encore Jiu-Jitsu Invitational Tournament wasreceived_588569441592258 supported by Entrap FightGear, which provided prizes and discounts to the podium finishers. Encore House of Athletes, on the other hand, gave out free gym passes.

Asked about future plans for downtown Pasig’s first jiu-jitsu tournament, coach Joshua Abella is looking at a bigger venue so they can set up two mats. It will be an open competition instead of an invitational so expect bigger names and more stacked brackets.

Results:

GI

Blue Belt Male Under 76
G – Joaquin Dy (KMA)
S – Mitchell Ian Nadres (KMA)
B – Gian Saquilon (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 64
G – Emerald Tayag (Encore House of Athletes)
S – Allan Fanilag (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Mark Raymundo (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 76
G – Joshua Dy (KMA)
S – Jhun Castillo (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Julius Pascual (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 88.3
G – Jigs Quesada (Encore House of Athletes)
S – Bryan Santos (Maic’s Gym)
B – Jojo Autentico (Independent)

White Belt Male Absolute
G – Jigs Quesada (Encore House of Athletes)
S – Jhun Castillo (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Emerald Tayag (Encore House of Athletes)

NO GI

Blue Belt Male Under 76
G – Mitchell Ian Nadres (KMA)
S – Gian Saquilon (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Mike Sumulong (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 64
G – Ansis Barretto (Encore House of Athletes
S – Karlo Kagahastian (Atos)
B – Allan Fanilag (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 76
G – Joshua Cabalinan (Origins BJJ)
S – Mickey Delos Santos (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Jhun Castillo (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Under 88.3
G – Bhenjie Florentino (Encore House of Athletes)

White Belt Male Absolute
G – Joshua Cabalinan (Origins BJJ)
S – Bhenjie Florentino (Encore House of Athletes)
B – Mickey Delos Santos (Encore House of Athletes)

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