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Aguilar sibling rises as the face of PH combat sports

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Photo: The family that trains jiu-jitsu together wins forever.

SIBLINGS Alonzo Lucas and Andreas Lucho — son of Philippine mixed martial arts founding godfather Alvin Aguilar —  are starting to create their own name in their respective sporting fields.

Alonzo Lucas also knowns as Lukie is a football player from De La Salle Zobel and is currently into wrestling and taking jiu-jitsu seriously just like his younger brother Andreas Lucho.

“I am in love with jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and football, but I haven’t decided yet what would I wanted to be in the future,” the 17-year-old grade 12 Lukie said, adding though that he’s working to improve his striking and boxing skills.

Lukie is sporting a blue belt in jiujitsu.

“Training every day in jiu-jitsu and wrestling is what I am doing. There’s also football that I’d like to be a part of me, maybe become a member of the Philippine football team someday,” he added. “But combat sports is a part of me that I just can’t go.”

Speaking of combat sports, Lukie has already two silver medals tacked on his belt as part of the Philippine Team that played in the United World Wrestling (UWW) Asian Grappling Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

He was also a bronze medalist in a world jiujitsu championship tournament in both no-gi and gi in Ufa, Russia in 2019.

Lucho, 15, on the other hand, is pursuing himself to be a successful national jiujitsu athlete and eyeing a slot in the Philippine Team vying for glory in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, World Games, and World Championships.

“My goal is to become the best jiujitsu black belt athlete and I want to bring home glory to our country by means of jiujitsu— the [combat] sport which my family loves most,” Lucho said. “But I have to improve my wrestling and grappling skills.”

Just like his brother, Lucho also earned a medal in the last UWW Asian Grappling Championships where he got a silver and bronze in the U-15 -58 kg classes. 

“Jiujitsu is my life. I do not know what to do if there’s no jiujitsu. I dedicated my life, my friends are there,” Lucho, who is holding a green belt in jiujitsu, said. “My biggest goal is to become a world champion in jiu-jitsu. I want to be the best in the world.”

No brainer, their father Alvin has a great influence in their path embracing the martial arts jiujitsu. The elder Aguilar is the founder of the longest Philippine mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) in 2002 and DEFTAC Philippines in 1996.

Aguilar, 49, is known for his wide martial arts background where he trained systematically in his entire life in Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, Shotokan karate, Yaw-Yan, Pekiti-Tirsia kali, and arnis.

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