By Leonard Paul Palo
A Davao born Brazilian Jiujitsu practitioner and national team member is trying to make his presence felt not just in the local but the international competition scene as well, as he tests his mettle against some of the best fighters in his weight class both here and abroad.
Third year Management student Marc Lim of the Ateneo De Davao University is gunning for the World Jiujitsu IBJJF Championship this year in the US, prior to a possible demo stint in the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympics.
During the weekly SCOOP Session at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday, Lim who was accompanied by Marco Cenojas of team Kamphuis Fabricio-CMMA gave some details of his recent con-quests and medal production in this fast thriving martial art, which origi-nated in Brazil and is now widely prac-ticed and included in the repertoire of many top caliber Mixed Martial Artists including BJ Penn, Randy Couture and Georges St. Pierre just to name a few.
“Marc just saw action recently in Abu Dhabi and brought home a number of gold medals. He is the only one coming from Mindanao and Davao City in particu-lar who is with the national team, that is now backed by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC),” Marco Cenojas told sports scribes during the session.
Also lending her sup-port for Marc’s campaign was dear friend and award winning karateka Carmela ‘Ela’ Estarija, a So Kim Cheng Athlete of the Year awardee who was also pre-sent at the weekly public service sports program which incidentally is also being supported by the PSC.
“This year I won a total of 12 golds in both national and international events, I won the gold in my weight class in the under 69 KG during the Abu Dhabi event, then two more golds during the international open, two for the open weight class and another for the under 70, for my next target I’m hoping to improve my rankings by participating in the world championships next month,” Lim cited.
For the last three weeks, Lim who will also be seeing action in the Asian Beach Games this year with the rest of the national team has been continuously training his fight routines, with regular sparring sessions at the CMMA Gym at the Smash-ville Fitness Center. He also follows a specialized weight and fitness regimen to improve his strength, agility and other physical aspects in preparation for his next series of competitions.
“Fighters from the US and Brazil, where BJJ was founded are still some of the top players in this sport, but we are slowly following in their footsteps, Di naman din tayo nagpapahuli,” Lim said.