It is my pleasure to say that we exceeded our goals of $1000 for this Filipino Grapplethon. We received a couple of extra donations after the event and have officially raised $1065. Thank you to everyone for your support in helping out in this Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!!
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93 Brand's Gi department teamed up with Meerkatsu to bring us this black & yellow beauty. Using similar fabrics to their inaugural release, the Goose, the Mandrill Gi has a light Pearl Weave jacket and comfortable cotton pants.
No contrast stitching on this one, just heavy black stitching with yellow trim for pops of color (vents, patches, drawstring/loops). Like the Goose, we see the knee reinforcements extend all the way to the bottom hem, which we absolutely love.
All designs were put together by Meerkatsu, from the small shin embroidery to the dyed patch in the center-back of the jacket. Stretch cord drawstring, multiple drawstring loops, and sturdy reinforcements.
The original version of this had a sublimated patch. Some people had the patches come off, so for this batch the sublimated patch has been removed and a more durable woven patch is included, but not sewn on. You can see where the patch has been removed. It's not super obvious, but if you look closely you will see it. Put the new patch on where you want it or not at all, it's up to you!
This Gi has a jacket that is a 350 gsm Pear Weave and the pants are 8 oz. lightweight cotton. "Tournament cut" to minimize your opponent's grips.
It's also light on patches, leaving you room for sponsors and team patches. Also a good feature for you old schoolers who don't like too much flashiness. Overall, this is a Gi you want to keep ready for competition, but is still sturdy enough for day-to-day use in the hotter months. Comes with a gi bag.
A1 5' 2" - 5' 6" 120 - 155 lbs.
Today, I helped ran the Filipino Grapplethon event at the Westside Training Center aka Cobrinha Westside gym to help raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Today's donations will contribute to the relief effort and Cedars Sinai Medical Center (the company that I work for) will match the individual donations up to a maximum of $25,000, as part of a collective Cedars-Sinai donation.
The event started at 11:00AM and ended after 3PM. We had a range of all kinds of grapplers from a Judo Green Belt to a Judo Black Belt and from a BJJ White Belt to a BJJ Black Belt. There were Gi and NoGi players from BJJ gyms like 10th Planet, Art of Jiu Jitsu, Paragon, Cobrinha Westside, and Gracie Barra. Most of the people that rolled were BJJ Blue and Purple Belts. There were a lot of good rolls with a Judo Black Belt that rolled for most of the 3 hours, which was very impressive. Rolls were 5 minute rounds with 1 minute rest.
We were serving Filipino Food today as well. Lechon, Lumpia, Filipino BBQ Kabobs, and Rice was the items on the menu today. We purchased Lechon from Papa J's Lechon. It was super yummy delicious. Skin was crispy and the meat was juicy. My mom made the lumpia and rice, and spent all morning making them. My friend Abigail, a purple belt Judo player, brought in the Filipino BBQ Kabobs. Thank you to Papa J's Lechon, C&M Cafe, Fernando, Abigail, Nigel, and my Mom for your help in bringing in food, supplies, and helping out serving this event.
In total, we raised $965. Everyone had a great time either rolling, hanging out, and eating some great food. I think the best part of the experience was that I got to meet a lot of different type of grapplers, even though I didn't get a chance to roll and raise money for a great cause. Being Filipino, it meant a lot to me to raise this event.
I would also like to thank the Westside Training Center aka Cobrinha Westside for asking me and letting me run this event at their gym. Once again, thank you to C&M Cafe, Fernando, Abigail, Nigel, and my Mom for all your help. You guys did a great job. Thank you to everyone that came to the event to show your support. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!! Maraming ng Salamat!!!
Ronnie Castro is a Big Filipino Strongman, Powerlifter, Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA practitioner, computer geek that reads manga and watches anime while saving the world, bringing back sexy, and eating like a madman at a buffet, one day at a time..