MANILA -- A talented Filipino squad, led by world-ranked fighter Michael Mejia, opens its bid against their foreign counterparts when the 2013 Philippine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No Gi and Kids International Open gets underway on February 23 and 24 in SM South Mall, Las Pinas City.
The country will be ably represented by Mejia, Neil Ferreira, Ivy Alcala, Pablo Antonio Rafael and Carlos Herminio Simeon Buenaventura.
“It will be a tough tournament because I see several [foreign] players who can win here,” said Mejia, who won silver and bronze in the last year's Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Asia-Pacific world qualifying trials.
“I will try my very best to win it for the country,” added Mejia, who is a lawyer by profession.
The tournament is organized by Stephen Kamphius of New Zealand, who promotes Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines.
A total of 300 fighters are expected to compete including teams from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
For more details please visit their official website at http://www.bjjfp.com.- by Marlon Bernardino