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Shown in photo are members of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) national team who will compete in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

Shown in photo are members of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) national team who will compete in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

By France Pinzon

The Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines (JJFP) is optimistic of its chances in the 2018 Asian Games when the sport debuts in Indonesia this August.

National team coach Hansel Co said the 14-member pool has earned wide experience in several international competitions that they have competed in that includes the 2016 Asian Beach Games, the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, this year’s Thailand National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Jiu-Jitsu Tour.

Co also noted teams from United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand are strong medal contenders.

“UAE is a strong team in all weight divisions, but to be specific, sa lighter weight divisions malakas yung Iraq,” said Co. “Thailand, meanwhile, is very strong in the female divisions.”

Supported by at least six member clubs with over 2,000 athletes around the country since its founding in 2015, the federation hopes to make an impact in the Asian Games to lure more members and strengthen its program.

They have been holding regular tournaments, tryouts and training camps.

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