MIXED martial artist Alvin Aguilar reigned supreme in the recent 2016 Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Champion held at Tokyo Adachiko-Budokan gymnasium in Japan.
Aguilar, founder of the fast-rising mixed martial arts organization URCC and the current president of Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP), grappled his way to the gold in the Blackbelt Master 3-under division, winning 11-4 in the finals against Japanese bet Akichika ‘Brave Heart’ Tanji.
The leading male jiu-jitsu artist in the country first subdued another Japanese opponent, Minoru ‘Paraestra’ Osui, in a one-sided 16-0 victory in the medal round en route to supremacy in the biennial continental martial arts tilt participated by Korea, China, Hong Kong, Philippines host Japan and invited countries USA, Guam and Brazil.
“It’s a tough competition especially playing against local bets in Tokyo where jiu-jitsu is so popular like judo. Determination and dedication for the country is my key to victory,” said Aguilar.