Expect bigger and better displays of physical and mental prowess from the strongest fighters in Manila

Arte Suave Manila is once again rolling out the mats for the Philippine jiu-jitsu community on Oct. 19 and 20 in Commercenter, Alabang. The competition and expo will bring together fighters, coaches, and martial arts enthusiasts from all over the country for two days of exciting jiu-jitsu.

“After four amazing events, which of course is due to the support we received from the local jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts communities, we’re excited to once again have Arte Suave Manila at Commercenter,” says Leslie Tagle-Dinglasan, AVP for marketing of Commercenter Alabang. “We’re proud to be the home and presenter of an event that contributes to the growth of the martial art and sport in the Philippines.”

Now on its fifth installment, Arte Suave Manila enters its milestone year with over 280 registered competitors, a huge leap from its previous record of 205 participants.

The event also has two new additions to its activity line-up, first of which is the Arte Suave Grand Prix. Unlike the single-elimination format of regular competition, the six light to middleweight purple belt jiu-jiteiros invited to compete must work their way up from the preliminaries (round robin) to the eliminations (quarters and semis) to secure a spot in the finals.

Arte Suave Manila is also opening this year’s event to next-generation jiu-jiteiros with juvenile matches. Happening on the second day, the mixed-gender gi competitions will have four age divisions: 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, and 15 to 17.

“Local jiu-jitsu just keeps getting better and better every year, and Arte Suave Grand Prix is our way to let the athletes battle-test their technique along with their physical and mental condition,” says Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belter and president of event producer Triumvirate Fighting Franco Rulloda.

The highly-popular Arte Suave Superfights, the 10-minute submissions-only exhibition matches, will be retained for no-gi and will happen on the second day of the event. Jiu-jitsu and MMA apparel and gear brands will also feature in the expo, with a mix of mainstays and new players.

“In local jiu-jitsu, fighters usually end up becoming friends with the people they face off with in competitions,” says Rulloda. “Iron sharpens iron, so at the end of the day, you inevitably helped each other get better in that five or six minutes of grappling.”

“The only way for Filipino jiu-jiteiros to continue to rise on the world stage is by helping one another right at home,” he adds. “We are all united by the gentle art.”

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