Ooi Aik Tong’s journey to Mix Martial Arts part 2


Aik Tong and I stayed back to watch Reeza Azim in action during the quarter finals to study his moves. We found out that he was not very strong on the ground and we work our game plan. During the quarter finals, Nashriq accompanied Ooi Aik Tong as I had to stay back to train the Penang Judo team. I have confidence that Aik Tong would emerge as victor over Reeza.


The match started off with Reeza as the aggressor. At the start of the bell, Reeza came out with flying punches and managed to land one on Aik Tong. However Aik Tong was not fazed and manage to grab hold of Reeza. However Aik Tong slipped while trying to throw Reeza and Reeza managed to mount Aik Tong’s back. Aik Tong managed to fight off the mount...

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Ooi Aik Tong’s journey to Mix Martial Arts


It was a long 6 months but it was worth every single sweat. It all started when our women’s judo coach Queenie Chew stumbled upon the registration to the Malaysian Invasion Mix Martial Arts, MIMMA in short. Queenie informed me and I remembered that Aik Tong once told me of his dream to have a career in Mix Martial Arts. I informed Queenie to register Aik Tong for the trials.This is the story of a journey of turning a dream into reality…

The journey started in January. Aik Tong went with Md Nashriq (Grappling Coach), Khye Ping (Striking Coach), Queenie Chew (Videolady and Chief Cheer Leader)  and Kah Joon (Strike Partner). The tryout were held at Paradigm mall, Kuala Lumpur.


The cage for the tryouts at Paradigm mall

The team left Penang early in the morning as registration for tryout w...

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Newly minted blue belts in BJJ from Budo Academy……..

A big congratulations to Nashriq aka Abang Facebook and Queenie for obtaining the blue belt rank in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Marcos gave the blue belts after the end of the class at Leverage on the 25th of June, 2012.



You could actually see the satisfaction in Queenie’s eyes….haha



A big congrats to Koo Kar Joon who obtained his 4th stripe white…next is blue…. he was nicknamed the Chinese Caio Tera after the grading…

There was also an after party after the training as Marcos is leaving back to Brazil for a while. The guys made a special cake for him. It was a dangerous cake all right….


After the cake ceremony what else but the belt celebration Marcos style…..Guys this is what you get when you get promoted in BJJ


Nashriq walking down the ai...

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Budo Academy member’s visit to ONEFC to support Marcos Escobar in his MMA debut

23rd of June was an exciting day for us as 11 of us made the journey down to Kuala Lumpur to watch our BJJ chief coach Marcos Escobar debut in his first MMA fight at ONEFC. The competition  was scheduled to start at 7.30pm.

onefc.jpg Budo Members at the entrance just before the fight began…..

The arena was setup and you could actually feel the electrifying environment which setup the mood for the night. Marcos Escobar’s  fight was scheduled as the 2nd fight of the night. The ring announcer the “PRIDE Lady” Lenne Hardt’s was just mind blowing good. Her voice and her tempo added another 100% to the excitement we already had. The fighters were introduced one by one to the ring.


The view of the arena from where we were seating…

The first match up was a fast one as local boy Peter Davis knocked out S...

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Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials (Malaysia) experience by Nashriq and Queenie Chew

20th March 2012 – 22nd March 2012


It has been a great Budo family outing. The team trained hard and was prepared for their maiden BJJ (Brazillian Jiu Jitsu) competition and a world trial at that!!! This trial was a 3 star trial with participants from over 20 countries. The Budo family consisted of Md Nashriq, Lucas Taylor, Alan Finlay, Kenneth Teh, Khye Ping, Victor Lee, Arai, Kah Joon, Ooi Aik Tong and Queenie Chew Li Ying. Justin, Melvin, Magen and Yi Jian were appointed as technical officials of the tournament. We had also our cheer leaders in Kah May and Hanani. Talking about a complete team!!!

We left Penang at about 9am and arrived KL at about 1pm and went straight to Leverage Combat Academy where the trials were held...

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Our BJJ instructor Aaron Goh’s interview


The first interview – Aaron Goh

(Taken from: http://malaysianbjj.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-interview-aaron-goh.html)

Could you just briefly introduce yourself – name, age (if you want to!), job, nationality and anything else you would like us to know about?
Aaron Goh, and I just turned 30. I co-own and manage Leverage Combat Academy, a training facility that focuses primarily on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its applications in various forms (Submission Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts).

How long have you been training BJJ?
I started in late 2008. I didn’t do too well in maths while I was at school, but I’m guessing that makes it more than 3 years.

Please tell us a little bit about what got you into BJJ and how you met Marcos. 
Well, like every hot blooded male who was a product of the ...

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BJJ in Malaysia


The History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu which means “the gentle art” is the oldest form of martial art. It originated in India more than 2000 years B.C. It was practiced by Buddhist Monks who developed the method as a way of self-defense against barbarian attacks. These monks created techniques based upon principles of balance and leverage. Since then has been created a non violent fighting style named JIU-JITSU.

With the expansion of Buddhism, it spread to China, finally arriving in Japan where it developed and gained further popularity.

In 1915, Esai Maeda Koma, a Japanese Jiu Jitsu Champion,” arrived in Brazil, where he taught Jiu Jitsu to Carlos Gracie.

Since then, Carlos started to share his knowledge with his younger brothers.

Carlos youngest brother, Helio, adapted the Ji...

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Abu Dhabi Pro Trials – Malaysia


Its official guys so train hard…. 10th March 2012 – Mark this date!

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Marcos is fighting at One FC – MMA

Its official, our coach Marcos is fighting in One FC..



ONE Fighting Championship is Asia’s largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and the largest pan-Asian media broadcast.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world today. In true Darwinian fashion, the sport of MMA allows for any martial arts style to compete against any martial arts style in the most free of artistic expressions for martial artists. MMA athletes utilize the best techniques from any and all martial arts in order to compete standing up or on the ground.

Whether it is Karate, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Silat, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kali, Shuai Jiao, Aikido, or other martial arts, Asia has been the birthplace and home of martial arts for the la...

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Aikido Seminar by Sensei Joe Thambu

Sensei Joe Thambu, the nephew of Sensei Thamby Rajah, the father of Malaysian Aikido and the first Malaysian Black Belter in Judo gave a restraint and removal seminar at Budo Academy to usher in the new year.


Sensei Joe Thambu began his training in 1972 under his uncle, Thamby Rajah at the age of 11. Thamby Rajah Sensei is often credited as the first Malaysian to be graded to black belt in both Aikido and Judo. Sensei Joe is a teacher of Yoshinkan Aikido (currently 7th Dan, Shihan) with over 35 years experience in the art. He is the third youngest of 8 children and is of Malaysian Tamil heritage.

As a teenager Joe Thambu was fortunate that his uncle’s school was next door to his father’s house. Internationally famous martial artists were frequent visitors to his uncle’s school in Seremban...

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First Judo training of 2012

Welcome back everybody…Lets make this year a better year than 2011……


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Grading….

Congrats to all Budo Academy BJJ enthusiast. The first from Penang to be graded and given stripes by Marcos Escobar…


White 1 stripe – Victor

White 2 stripe – Pang, Kenneth, Edwin, Josh, Melvin, Alan

White 3 stripe – Gary, Khye Ping, Kah Joon, Lucas

White 4 stripe – Nashriq and Queenie

Blue 3 stripe -  Arai


Marcos giving valuable advice to students….about being a family..



This is how your stripes would be given when you forget to wear a BJJ belt to a grading presentation… haha

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A visit from our Kiwi BJJ Friends


Micheal Haw and Michael Sethna visited Budo Acadeny and trained with our members for a week. Both of them have been training BJJ for a couple of years and both are currently brown belts in BJJ. Both Mike’s graciously shared their BJJ knowledge during their trip here. Incidentally, Michael Haw was the one who suggested that Budo Academy start  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Well now we are the first center in Penang to have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu headed by the esteemed Marcos Escobar the 2001 ADCC Champion. A big thank you and lLooking forward to your next visit, my Kiwi BJJ bros.

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SEA Games 2011 – Jakarta


Chew Li Ying and Agnes Thong were selected to represent Malaysia at the SEA Games Jakarta 2011 for the ladies Ju No Kata event. A big thank you to Epsom College Malaysia for sponsoring the ladies to the games. The ladies had to report to Bukit Jalil for centralize training a week before the games.


At the competition hall at Jakarta…

They came in 5th placing…..

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Organic and Goat Farm visit

At the end of 2011 we organized a visit to Balik Pulau, north of Penang island. The kids were given a glimpse into a life of a farmer.


Mr. Lei the farm owner is seen here explaining to the kids and parents what do the farmers do at the farm. He explained the various vegetables available, how vegetables are planted and also how he created a natural ecosystem to manage him farm organically.


Gaurav is seen here trying his hands on a hoe to loosen the soil.


Jade showing how she sends her brother Conor and friend Daniel to the farm…..


Here we were treated to a show on how the goats are milked by machine and later the kids were given a chance  to milk the goats by hand. Giggles and laughter filled the air….


The event highlight where kids fed the goats. Kids were happy goats were happy!

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TV1 Interview

Our victorious players Lim Zheng Jie and Chua Jen Keat being interviewed on TV1 after their triumph at the Malaysian Games 2011 in KL Olympic Hall..


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Singapore International Cadet Championship 2011

The Singapore International Cadet Championship 2011 was held at Bedok Sports Hall in September 2011. Henry Ng, Esther and Ooi Aik Tong from Penang was selected to the Junior Malaysian team for this event.


We stayed at the Pasir Ris Resort and host Singapore were a gracious host. It was a good competition. Esther managed 3rd placing, Henry 5th and Aik Tong 7th.


Overall the Malaysian team managed to captured 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. Big congrats to all….

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Jagsport Judo Championship – Singapore


Budo Academy send a team of 8 players and 2 coaches to the annual Jagsport Judo Championship at our sister club Budo Academy Singapore. The team comprised of Md Nashriq (Coach), Chew Li Ying (Coach) and players Bryan Kong, Gregory Me, Eng Liang, Julius Khoo, Jan Marco, Henry Ng, Gurav Kumar and Amir Daniel.

Most of the kids were traveling abroad for the first time without their parents. The kids felt great in being independent.


 Heavy ones above, light ones below……………………


Gaurav….. the entertainer of the pack..



At the end of the day, you learn not only what winning and losing about but also a great thing known as FRIENDSHIP….. The team got to know many new friends from around the world. Roughly 10 countries were participating in this event.


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The Penang team to the SUKMA created a new record by breaking the old medal haul and with with a smaller team than the last SUKMA. This time Penang Judo team came back with a 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze.


The Gold medals came from Chua Jen Keat and Lim Zheng Jie (Men’s Kata), Esther Tam (Women -48kg) and  Ooi Aik Tong (Men -73kg). Silver came from Ng Tsu Tao (Men -55kg) and Chua Jen Keat (Men -66kg). Bronze from Koay Seong Jiann (Men -60kg), Khoo Wei Leong (Men -81kg), Chong Swee Hang (Men +90kg) and Goh Yiing Yuan(Women -45kg)

The determination shown by the young squad was admirable. Specially to Lee Pei San which had to learn the Juno Kata from scratch in 72hours and able to pull the kata off was incredible...

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Author Lydia Teh promotes Budo Academy

Budo Academy is proud to be mentioned in a book which promotes activities for children in Malaysia. Author Lydia Teh mentioned that Budo Academy is the place in Penang to go if you want your kids to learn Judo. All instructors are specially trained to train kids in Judo which is not only beneficial for kids but very safe too. For more information, please contact Justin Khoo at 0164219009


This book is currently available in MPH bookstores nation wide costing RM29.90. (http://www.mphonline.com/books/nsearch.aspx?do=detail&pcode=9789833845484)

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