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Lakay preserves local grappling tournament presence

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Fighters aged 16 and above are encouraged to join the Grappling Cup on March 3 to foster more skilled mixed martial arts (MMA) practitioners for international competitions.

In a statement released on Tuesday, February 27,2024, the coach of Team Lakay, Mark Sangiao, provided the following description: “This is one of the grassroots training and exposure we do to be able to help our young people here.”

La Trinidad, as the capital of Benguet province, is the proud home to Team Lakay, a well known martial arts training institution renowned for shaping and nurturing elite mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes.

It is home to some of the most well-known fighters in the world, such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, and Joshua Pacio.

“The Grappling Cup is Team Lakay’s commitment to reaching out to the grassroots level and providing opportunities for aspiring grapplers to hone their skills and compete on a larger stage,” Sangiao said. 

“The Grappling Cup provides opportunities for grapplers to compete on a larger stage.”

According to Sanguio, Team Lakay has partnered with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a non-profit organization, to widen further its commitment to community involvement through sports and in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Following the event’s conclusion, a memorandum of agreement will be signed. Recognized as a place of excellence in combat sports, Team Lakay has emerged as a center for aspiring fighters seeking to hone their skills and rise on the global stage.

With a rich tradition of producing top-tier talent, Team Lakay has become synonymous with excellence, consistently developing a roster of skilled athletes who proudly carry the Philippine flag in international competitions.

Through its unwavering commitment to training, mentorship, and discipline, Team Lakay continues to uphold its legacy as a premier institution in MMA, empowering athletes to realize their full potential and achieve success on national and international platforms.


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