April 20, 2024

In its bid to discover talents in martial arts and hone the skills of athletes, Benguet is set to stage the second Martial Arts Festival this month.

Grappling, taekwondo, and arnis will topbill this month’s festival with at least 300 participants expected to join the different competitions set on three different playing dates.

GRAPPLING TRAINING — Former world wushu world champion and Southeast Asian Games kickboxing gold medalist Jean Claude Saclag tries his hand in grappling in one of the events staged by Team Lakay. Grappling, arnis, and taekwondo will banner the second staging of the Benguet Martial Arts Festival slated later this year. — Team Lakay photo

Benguet sports coordinator Dean Mark Monang said the festival is a grassroots sports program of the province and an avenue where athletes can showcase their talents.

“It is one way on how we can hone the talents of our athletes since the Cordillera is known for its martial artists and this is also one way of helping them improve and develop their skills,” added Monang.      

Headlined by Team Lakay’s grappling competition which takes place Sept. 24, the competition focuses on clinching and ground fighting.

Now on its 39th staging since its first in 2008, the grappling competition has helped in producing several world champions in different international mixed martial arts organizations such as ONE Championship with five, and one each in Brave Combat Federation and Pacific X-Treme Combat, according to Team Lakay chairman Mark Sangiao. 

The grappling event also aims to develop MMA fighters in their submission skills through the use of submission holds which brings together techniques from folk wrestling, judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jujutsu (of the traditional form), and sambo.

Submission forms can be used as an element of a larger sport setting common in MMA. The event also aims to develop the skills of local MMA enthusiasts and prepare them for higher levels of combative sports.

Interested participants may contact Sangiao at 0966-174-0017.

Arnis will open the martial arts fest set on Sept. 23. Interested participants may contact coach Maryann Mapangdol at 0963-792-0254 while taekwondo jins interested to join the competition on Sept. 30 may reach coach Danrey Velo at 0998-953-7537. – Press release