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Omai Adalim – Pan Asians BJJ Open Highlight

I’ve been meaning to try video editing and try making a BJJ highlight reel.

Here’s my first attempt using Windows Movie Maker, displaying my girlfriend’s gold medal run at the 2015 Pan Asian BJJ Open:

You may also check out the full matches below:


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Pan Asian 2013 – Almost doesn’t count.

Pan Asians, probably the most prestigious jiujitsu competition in the country. I don’t have the words for it, title says it all. Almost never counts.

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Pan Asian Weight Dilemma

Winter is coming. 😀

I mean the 2013 Pan Asian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competion is coming.


And I have a weight dilemma. 13 days until competition and I still haven’t decided which weight division will I compete. I weighed myself last week,  the scale read 64.5 kg without the gi and 66.5 in my Shoyoroll Ring.

There are two options:

  1.  Cut weight and try to make it to 64 kg with the gi where I usually play.
  2. Compete at a higher weight class (under 70kg).

I have never tried to cut weight and thats 2 effin kilos.

 On the other hand if I play on the next division:

Jiu jitsu is a sport where technique prevails, but at the end of the day it never hurts to be bigger and stronger than your opponents. And I am definitely the smaller opponent.



Fuck this, I’ll burn the fucking bridge when I get there.   

7 days till registration deadline.

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Late post. Silver and blue.

I am no longer a mat noob! White belts please start referring to me as sensei. Hahahaha! Just kidding, I just wanted to share my joy for being promoted to blue belt. Sorry for the late post, this happened last december at our team’s last general assembly for the year 2012. I’ve always imagined myself bragging about it immediately but I guess i couldn’t find the words for it. I am actually forcing myself to type this, just get it done with. Please don’t get me wrong though I’m so fucking proud of it. 🙂

Another thing to be proud – I won silver (in other words I lost the final match, but let’s keep it positive) at the ADCC Asia Pacific Trials 2012 held here in the Philippines. Check out the links listed below for my matches.

First ever competition match where I wanted to play on top, this was a big improvement for a guard player like me.

I was hitting that sweep quite a lot weeks prior the comp.


I don’t exactly remember it but somewhere along my BJJ journey, I said to myself that I should start learning something deeper from this art. It is a martial art after all and I’ve heard countless stories of wisdom emerging such scenarios ( it even comes with a long white beard). If there is one thing I can share about my journey so far it would be two simple words: “SHOW UP”.

And that is my white to blue belt lesson. Improving your skills; technique speed, strength, timing are all very important but before all the hoopla you need to show up. Keep showing up, and your cardio improves, keep showing up and your techniques improve, keep showing up and you improve. The first step to every achievement is showing up, be it in the mats, the office or life in general.

Show up!

P.S. I also added two new blogs on my list:

Andrew’s, this guy is a killer in the Philippine Competition scene and a great person on and off the mats.

Omai’s, a lover of mountains and waves, an amazing person starting out her BJJ journey.

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How do you make Jiu-jitsu special?

I finally made it back on the mats after a week of hiatus due to colds, work and various reasons. I could have trained once or twice last week but grappling with your nose dripping isn’t exactly ideal. It felt such a long week. Jiu-jitsu has been keeping me sane, another day off would have killed me.

During training, a teammate asked how long I’ve been training. I quickly replied that I’ve been training as long as him, he then responded “but I spent time off from Jujitsu”. I explained to him that we both went through that phase: training for two months, wouldn’t show up for a half a year, train a month, and then off again for another month. It was cycle of slacking off. He asked one more time, “Why did we ever stop?” Maybe it was rhetoric but I tried to mumble a few words: Basketball games and practices, 5K run, work overtime, just being plain lazy. “Yeah that’s it!” he replied as we moved on to the next drill.

I found a simpler answer today, “I stopped because I did not make Jiu-jitsu feel special”. Replace Jiu-jitsu with a name and that line could probably answer thousands of couple relationship asking the same question “Why did we ever stop?” Mat time was easily replaced with an hour or two of shooting hoops, watching TV and sometimes getting a bigger beer belly. Jiu-jitsu was just another thing, another sport, just another after work activity back then.

“This time I’ll be better”

How do I make feel Jiu-jitsu special? I prioritize. Jiu-jitsu training now goes on top of the “extra curricular” list. I stopped drinking. I decided to minimize competitive (very low standard) basketball and fun run. Don’t get me wrong, cross training is good for me and my grappling game but I make it a point to use it as a complement and never as a substitute.

Keep it special. You won’t go wrong with that.

P.S. I got that “make her feel special” quote after watching this WongFu video 😀


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