By leonard paul palo
Some kids grow up with G.I. Joe and Masters of the Universe action fi-gures, Matchbox or Hot-wheels, but then there are others who grow up wat-ching Martial Arts heroes like Jet Li or Jackie Chan at work and professional reality fighting shows on TV like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), K1 and the like.
Marc Lim, a member of the Philippine National Brazilian Jiujitsu Team dreamed of having his own martial arts playground, now Limitless Fitness and Martial Arts has finally become a reality. The first functional martial arts and fitness center of its kind here in Davao City, the seemingly small but ade-quately equipped center is now a haven for hardcore mixed martial artists and fitness buffs who are conti-nuously looking for new and more practical ways of getting in top form.
Fortunately, I was among those who got a special invite during the opening of this new facility which also offers Boxing, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts Training and Brazilian Jiujitsu which has slowly picked up its pace here in the Philippines with the formation of the country’s own Kamphius Fabricio team introduced by no less than Stephen Kamphius a few years back.
Marc told me that although the gym area still needs a lot of work, a num-ber of things are already in place and are fully operatio-nal for its clientele.
“We’re still planning to put up a circuit track on the spacious roof deck as well as a special cool down area and perhaps the training Octagon, where fighters can practice their techniques and strategies as realistically as possible,” he cited.
The entire second level of the gym is fully matted and fitted with heavy bags for martial arts and fight training. It also has fitness ropes, tire work out equip-ment and free weights for strength and agility en-hancement.
“Fitness buffs can finally train and practice in a clean, functional and practically safe venue, from Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts and anything about keeping oneself healthy,” Lim said.
At present, a number of national team instructors for Brazilian Jiujitsu, which is Marc’s root martial art are on hand at Limitless. These are mostly Blue belts who, are actively competing in national and international competitions. For boxing we also have professional and amateur fighters with vast expe-rience in the sport, for Muay Thai the classes are handled by Rico Bandera and for MMA we have the undefeated Spartan Sumogat.
To sum things up, Limitless is simply a no fuss, practical fitness and mixed martial arts haven, which is not only open and designed for the seasoned and actively competing fighters but also for those who would want to expe-rience the same kind of training and instruction methods that these ‘bad asses’ go thru.
Also, it is safe to safe that team Kamphuis Fab-ricio International Davao has found its new play-ground to prepare exten-sively for its future engage-ments like the annual Pan Asian Brazilian Jiujitsu Championships and many more.