DEFTAC and POWCAST founder Pow Salud are out to help the existing Philippine BJJ community grow and diversify by attracting sports fans from other mainstream sports in the Philippines.
“It is our goal to help market events of different sports and organizations. We want every sports fans to know of different sporting events whether local or international. We believe that other sports aside from basketball in the Philippines deserve mainstream treatment and we are leading the way in making that happen. We want to diversify the Filipino sports fans.” (quoted from URCC post) – Pow Salud
They are also home to hundreds of National and International Jiu-jitsu champions, including Asian Open Champions our founder Alvin Aguilar and Kat Siozon; first Filipino Jiu-jitsu World Champions like May Masuda (Alvin Aguilar’s spouse) and Worlds Silver Medalist, Kimberly Custodio.
In the last 2 years, they have focused all efforts to ensure that our growth is sustained through spreading out their sphere of influence; bringing their jiu-jitsu, their team and their family around the whole country. They embarked on a mission they call, #DEFTACNATION, which turned to creating leaders out of their hundreds of it’s members, and sending them to cover and teach in all areas and regions throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Much to the success of this mission, they’ve managed to create 45 chapters across the nation, making them legitimately and the largest affiliation and most successful team in Asia.
Now that they have the numbers, they’ve grown large enough to hold their very own in-house tournament, which they have dubbed the 2017 Deftac-Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Nationals. It will be featuring competition between the best of their team and family from all 45 chapters in all 5 jiu-jitsu belt ranks; it’s never been done before, and they’re looking at making this historical event huge!