Caption: (From left) Nobel Lee, Abi Umamah Ali, Ahmad Faez Anuar, Alvin Chong and Farhan Wan Ibrahim pose for a group photo at the Pan Asian Jiu-Jitsu International Open in Manila, Philippines. Picture: Courtesy of Busiido BJJ Club
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BUSIIDO Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Club started this year’s campaign with a bang bagging a total of 19 medals - five gold, nine silver and five bronze - at the Pan Asian Jiu-Jitsu International Open at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines yesterday.
Busiido BJJ head coach Ahmad Faez Anuar or better known as "Eazy" led by example dominating weight and absolute events in the purple belt gi category.
Eazy also managed to finish on top of the podium in the purple belt no-gi weight event to finish the day with three gold medals.
Alvin Chong also impressed in his blue belt category winning gold in both gi and no-gi weight events, meanwhile in the absolutes he secured silver and bronze.
Nobel Lee finished second in both purple belt gi and no-gi weight events to proceed into absolute categories where he bagged another two silver medals.
Abi Umamah Ali shrugged off an early setback after sustaining minor injury to claim one silver and three bronze medals in his blue belt weight and absolute events, while Wan Farhan Wan Ibrahim, who first competed in the tournament, won three silver and one bronze in the white belt weight and absolute categories.
Eazy is not getting carried away with the achievement as he already turned his attention to their next tournament, Copa De Bangkok in Thailand next month.
"My job here in Manila is done, we triumphed and everyone did well… but that's done now, we are going to focus on Copa De Bangkok which is happening in four weeks," said Eazy in an interview with BruSports yesterday.
"I am happy with my matches, stuck to my game plan and it prevailed… three gold medals all won by submissions, I am very happy… I just had to trust in my training, partners and coach," he added.
Pan Asian Jiu-Jitsu International Open was one of many tournaments lined up for the club this year with Worlds Masters in Las Vegas in August set to be their biggest and most important competition on their calendar.