Now that is some nice work. This is just another example of the dedication our members have to The P5 Academy Family. Much love to Levi Bass for his commitment, effort and respect, he is an invaluable member of our association.
Now that is some nice work. This is just another example of the dedication our members have to The P5 Academy Family. Much love to Levi Bass for his commitment, effort and respect, he is an invaluable member of our association. share: Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Share on Linkedin …View full post
With the shift of the Northern Hemisphere away from the vibrant sustenance of the Sun and the onset of daylight savings time for the Pacific West Coast, Saturday night’s outdoor MMA event was not the warmest of sporting occassions. That being said, Team P5 Academy showed up ready and prepared for the ensuing battle ahead. …View full post
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The Hilton Los Angeles Airport was the venue for this years annual Pacific Media Expo (PMX). The Pacific Media Expo is the foremost experience for Asian and Pacific Island based fashion, music, industry, cosplay and Asian Cultural Events, of which our Filipino Martial Arts Tournament was a part of. Known as The Way of …View full post
I would say its been a long time coming but Sage has only been training less than one total year. That being said, he has easily earned his promotion and the right to wear the blue belt of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gold medal after gold medal, weight division and open weight, then a victory in …View full post
The weekend of October 5-6th proved to be amongst the most fruitful in P5 Academy history. Both days provided opportunity for hearts to be tested and skills to be displayed. Not lacking on either, Moses and Noam both successfully tested for and passed their individual belt exams in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Moses has been with …View full post
Team P5 Academy FMA trecked up to Duarte in the Inland Empire just East of Los Angeles to take part in the 7th Annual West Coast FMA Congregation hosted by our friends over at I AM Martial Arts. Representing P5 Academy were long time members Mark Lathom and Brian Andrews, my two longest training students, …View full post
His first real weight cut, his first time in the cage and his first MMA victory. Antonio “Sage” Zuazo does little not to impress those around him. His determination, focus and light heartedness are infectious and extend beyond the academy into both his everyday life and the modern day battle ground of the MMA cage. …View full post
With the shift of the Northern Hemisphere away from the vibrant sustenance of the Sun and the onset of daylight savings time for the Pacific West Coast, Saturday night’s outdoor MMA event was not the warmest of sporting occassions. That being said, Team P5 Academy showed up ready and prepared for the ensuing battle ahead. Antonio “Sage” Zuazo was well rested, well trained and calm, controlling the raging beast that lies just below the epidermal surface. As I wrapped Sage’s hands in the tent next to the space heater, similar to those you would find in the outdoor section of a restaurant, I could see the look in his eyes, The Eye of The Tiger. I knew at that moment, as I had been feeling for the weeks leading up to this evening’s event, that Sage was going to destroy his opponent in brutal fashion.
As we made our way back to the tent to cut off the hand wraps and regroup, I had a moment of intense deja-vu reflecting on the 47 second TKO that I just witnessed in the Xplode Fight Series “Feast or Famine” Cage. The level of violence was almost surreal as Sage pummelled his opponent relentlessly until the referee jumped in to call a stop to the action in the first of the no longer potential three frames. As his opponent rose from the mat, you could see the resulting damage, blood running down the face and eyes of a fallen hero. He knew he had been defeated and there was no arguing the call. After a push to the cage and a successfull single leg off the fence, Sage passed straight to mount and then to the back. He then proceeded to flatten his foe to his stomach and ended the fight in a maniacal display of pugilistic animalism.
Sage moves to 2-0 in his MMA career and we look to the future for brighter and hopefully warmer, cage front appearances. We will continue to work with Xplode Fight Series and our friends Gregg Sharp and Roy Nickerson as Sage blazes his way into the professional circuit. Much appreciation to Mohamed Okdeh for taking this fight and XFS for hosting another great event.
The Hilton Los Angeles Airport was the venue for this years annual Pacific Media Expo (PMX). The Pacific Media Expo is the foremost experience for Asian and Pacific Island based fashion, music, industry, cosplay and Asian Cultural Events, of which our Filipino Martial Arts Tournament was a part of. Known as The Way of The Stick and Blade, the competition was in a large conference room that was extremely well air conditioned and allowed for many of the Expo attendants to watch the matches in full Cosplay outfits. A couple of times I thought Goku and Naruto were going to bust onto the mats and show us what real Martial Arts are supposed to look like but we were luckily spared the insuing beatdown from the two spike haired characters.
Respresenting Team P5 Academy FMA was veteran Brian Andrews, FMA newcomer Fred B. and your own Sensei Palmejar. Starting off the day in the beginners division, Fred stepped onto the mat for his first stick fighting match ever. It was obvious at the start of the match that Fred’s competitor was not a rookie as he came at Fred with furious speed and power. Caught off guard by his intensity, Fred eventually lost his first match by points to the more experienced and aggressive competitor. He was able to secure a victory on the day but was unable to finish within the top 3 combatants of the Beginners Single Stick division to secure a medal.
Brian Andrews came to the PMX ready to throw down. He was still thinking about the previous tournament in August in which he finished fourth in a large bracket and was unable to secure the illusive top finisher’s medal. As luck would have it, lighting struck twice and Brian again was unable to finish in the top 3 spots. He fought bravely and had a very frustrating day with the judges calls, many matches going to his opponents of which our videos showed clearly he won. That being said, that is the nature of this sport. We move so fast that the judges are only able to do their best in regards to deciphering contact and points. His left handed style was surely a bonus to his game, but the stars were not alligned to support his victory run this time around. This is Brian Andrews second Advanced Division tournament and he fought in both the Single Sword and Mixed Weapons divisions for the first time.
Sensei Palmejar was looking to set some new P5 Academy records at The Way of The Stick and Blade, Triple Gold! He was unable to grasp ahold of that dream but came about as close as one could come with one Gold and two Silver place finishes. In his first division of the day, Single Stick, Sensei Palmejar fought hard and fast to secure the fist place finish and the beautiful Filipino Sword that came to the victor. PMX also provided a $20 gift certificate to a local Filipino grocery story but he gave it to his first competitor of the day as a sign of respect because the match was decided by only a single point.
In the final two divisions of the day, Sensei Palmejar fought his way to the Gold Medal matches in both Single Sword and Mixed Weapons. This was also his first time fighting in either of these divisions but it surely did not show. Sensei put down a great display of martial prowess losing to the division winners in over time in both matches. His final Mixed Weapons match is provided so viewers can see just how close the match was. In the final point, Sensei claimed he hit the leg on the diving entry but because of the speed and unorthodox approach, the point was not awarded and that decided the match.
It was an excellent day of matches and there was a great deal of brotherhood and friendship at the event with almost all combatants hugging with respect at the end of their prospective matches. It is really great to see the Filipino Community get together to support and share our national sport. Great appreciation to the governing body for putting on the event and for the Pacific Media Expo for hosting The 2013 Way of the Stick and Blade Tournament.
I would say its been a long time coming but Sage has only been training less than one total year. That being said, he has easily earned his promotion and the right to wear the blue belt of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gold medal after gold medal, weight division and open weight, then a victory in the cage to top the whole thing off, his journey has productive but not easy. The best thing about the entire situation is that it only gets harder from here. We are excited to be a part of that journey as we struggle along side each other and push our boundaries to new heights. Congratulations to my student and friend Antonio “Sage” Zuazo.
The weekend of October 5-6th proved to be amongst the most fruitful in P5 Academy history. Both days provided opportunity for hearts to be tested and skills to be displayed. Not lacking on either, Moses and Noam both successfully tested for and passed their individual belt exams in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Moses has been with the P5 Family for some time and is my longest training non-adult student. This marks his third ranking after his third quality test performance. This was Noam’s first belt test in BJJ and it was evident that he was nervous from the onset. With very few misguided movements, Noam passed his belt examination and is finally able to leave the white belt in the past and embark on the journey of self discovery of which is martial arts.
For the fourth year in a row, Sensei Palmejar has worked to raise both funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego by taking part in the Cycle for Life event held each October. True to his commitment, Sensei showed up for another year of sun and cycling putting down the Metric Century route with riding partner and close friend Ryan Kent. We are always looking for donors willing to help research for this noble cause and my personal fund raising window is open until the end of October so please click on this link and give what ever you can to help out those who are sufferring.
Team P5 Academy FMA trecked up to Duarte in the Inland Empire just East of Los Angeles to take part in the 7th Annual West Coast FMA Congregation hosted by our friends over at I AM Martial Arts. Representing P5 Academy were long time members Mark Lathom and Brian Andrews, my two longest training students, An Truong and yours truly. We were treated to many different FMA Systems including Necopa Balintawak, Pakamut, Valencia Lameco, Inosanto Blend, Pulahan-Derobio and more.
Although a considerably warm day to be training outside, we felt it embodied the sunny climate present in the Philippines that would have been heat drenching all the participants present but with a humidity of well over 100%. Heat stroke not withstanding, we spent many hours training technique, theory and eating a plethora of quality Filipino foods. They even had the caterers accommodate the vegetarian restrictions of those in my group including myself.
At the end of the day, we were extremely happy to have been taught by the likes of Sijo Antwione Alferos, one of the key note instructors for the day, but it was the connection that we made with Grand Master Christopher Siangco that resognated with me. A local resident of Chula Vista, Grand Master Siangco was a stand up individual with blade control that bordered on the unbelievable. P5 Academy FMA looks forward to continuing to be able to train and learn from Grand Master Siangco and his team of Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima. His website and bio can be found here.
As is evident, P5 Academy will continue to travel, learn, train and grow as both a team and individuals. We are a martial family that grows as a whole, each member strengthens and supports each other as we struggle to obtain martial and spiritual mastery through focus, effort and Painful Evolution!!!!
His first real weight cut, his first time in the cage and his first MMA victory. Antonio “Sage” Zuazo does little not to impress those around him. His determination, focus and light heartedness are infectious and extend beyond the academy into both his everyday life and the modern day battle ground of the MMA cage. Xplode Amatuer Fight Series was more than gracious to have Sage represent P5 in his debut appearance and after a shuffle of oponents, he was able to enter the cage at Welterweight. His match, a last minute replacement from Adversity MMA, obliged Sage in a head to head contest that left no one in the crowd wanting. After three round of 100% expenditure, Sage walked away with a Unanimous Decision win receiving 29-28 nods on all three judges score cards.
A great way to start his Mixed Martial Arts career, Sage now stands at 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 1 Ammy MMA win. All this in just one year’s time! Sage is surely a special combatant and a special person. Congratulate him on his victory and his blossoming career next time you see him in the Downtown, San Diego area or just come over to P5 Academy and tap him out instead.
Another tournament on the path to Jiu Jitsu self discovery. What lies upon the path for Sage Zuazo, two more pieces of metal to add to the victory wall at P5 Academy. Sage put in a concerted effort at the Grappling X So Cal Championships this last Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was able to walk away with a nice division silver medal but was really happy about his first open weight Gold Medal victory, his fifth Gold Medal as a white belt and P5 Academy apprentice.
Next time you see Antonio “Sage” Zuazo he will have donned the illustrious blue belt of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the sign that you have committed to your team and instructor. As is known, the apprentice must have a master and after a 5 gold medal career, Sage has made his decision to stay with and represent P5 Academy. We are honored to have you at P5 Academy. Videos of Sage’s last tournament can be seen HERE.
It was an action packed Saturday at Eagle Rock Park for the fifth annual Ng Mga Kapatid FMA stick and knife competition. One of the three competitors representing P5 Academy was James Matthias, who is coming off a Gold Medal victory at last April’s San Diego Grand Internationals. Also representing P5 was Brian Andrews, who was looking to make a strong showing in his first FMA competition in the advanced division. The third representative was P5′s very own Sensei, Phillip Palmejar. He was motivated to put together a dominant performance after a first round exit to the division winner at April’s SDGI.
James Matthias proved to be in good form as he secured his second Gold Medal in as many showings in the double blade novice division. Brian Andrews also had a strong performance finishing fourth, just one place out of medaling, in the single blade advanced division. It was a hard fought fourth place finish considering Brian had to fight back to back three matches in a row without resting.
Showing his strong will and fighting spirit, Sensei Phillip Palmejar went 6-2 for the day to secure his Gold Medal in the double blade advanced division. As faith would have it, lightning would strike twice as Sensei Palmejar was set to clash with an opponent he had already met back in April, losing what was considered a close and controversial match. However, Sensei Palmejar was not to be denied, being very active, often agile and very athletic, Sensei proved to be a suitable contender in the double blade advancved division. Facing opponents greater in size and reach did not deter him at all. Congratulations to all three competitors for going to Los Angeles and representing P5 Academy with grace and confidence.
James Matthias fight videos HERE
Brian Andrews fight videos HERE
Sensei Phillip Palmejar fight videos HERE
By: Antonio “Sage” Zuazo
Congratulations to both my fighters for coming in prepared mentally and physically for the next installment of our local tournament organization, Grappling X. The event was moved from The Fight Lab up to a local sports arena just north in Wildomar. The facility was much more spacious and open than The Fight Lab but at the same time, it seemed considerably hotter as well. That is great for my competitors though, they did not even have to warm up before their matches because they were already sweating.
Sage ran through his division as has come to be the norm for this White Belt phenom. A quick 2-0 provided yet another Gold medal for Sage under the P5 banner. His first match was an armbar finish within the first couple of minutes while his second match, although in dominating fashion, went to time. Towards the end of his second match I started coaching Sage to do what ever he wanted because he was up 19-0 at that time and I wanted him to have a little fun and to express himself.
Luiz “Bam Bam” Morales was the dark horse of the day. We moved Luiz from the Novice division up to the Beginners division which was a full bracket to ensure he had more matches for the day. He ended up with 3 total matches, going 2-1 for the day and earning a Bronze medal en route. He secured submission victories in his first and third match over a very game and agile Marine with explosive wrestling. After getting slammed on his back the first time, Luiz manned up and took the RNC submission followed by a strong jumping Guillotine in their second meeting. His lone loss was to a strong grappler who secured the silver medal for his efforts.
Great work to both of my competitors for putting in the training, making weight and showing up with heart and determination. This is what P5 Academy is all about, working as a family to lift each other up and push each other to new heights. Vidoes of most of the days matches can be seen here. If you want to see what all this talk is about, then drop by P5 Academy and see what we’re up to.