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I just had to post this for people who are interested in Biology like me.
Anyway, it's all over our local news.
I can't believe it that there are still crocs this big. I mean I heard tales from my grandfather about large monitor lizards, huge constrictor snakes, huge wild boars, huge carps, large kites, large un-indentified birds, and huge crocs - now I know where my grandfather based it on.
My grandparents (they are gone now), lived in a remote farm in the Sierra Madre mountain range. Their farm was surrounded with virgin forest and government land of whom my grandfather was the caretaker. I am sure that there were some huge animals there because my grandfather would warn us to stay away from a specific place because of a huge snake that lives in a small cave near the creek or a huge monitor lizard that somehow lives in the thickest part of the jungle or that a 15ft croc lives near the main river several kilometers away and that somehow it comes to visit the creek near my grandfather's land and that it wasn't safe to play or swim in some of the deeper ponds.
That forest then was alive with teeming wildlife.
I remember one time when I was 12 years old, during harvest time when we would go help harvest the rice on the land that was near the edge of that virgin forest, around 3pm in the afternoon, my grandfather excitedly shouted as he pointed to a particular area of the jungle several meters away from the rice field. Lo and behold, a big monitor lizard around 7 to 10 feet. The grass and bushes would just give way to its size. Fortunately, it showed itself for several minutes as surprisingly it climbed up some fruit trees. We were relieved that it was probably harmless since it was eating fruits. Still my grandfather had his trusty M1 Garan at the ready along with my uncle and his mini-14. Since most monitor lizards eat meat and especially monitor lizards that loved to prey on my grandmother's chickens at night, my grandfather and uncle did not want to take any chances.
That experience made me more interested in wildlife, cryptozoology and in biology. When I was in high school I researched about huge animals then I found out about the Komodo lizard, and other huge species. Last year to my surprise, Discovery and National Geographic made an article about it. It took some time for them to "discover" it.
I wonder what other wonderful huge creatures are out there in the jungle that haven't still been "discovered"?
I do not want to come across one at night especially in the middle of the jungle!
Under Legend Fighting Championship, Coach Eduard Folayang wins via unanimous decision.
Coach Eduard helps bring the 5th win for Team Lakay from a series of wins since August up to September 3! An impressive record that other Filipino MMA teams haven't succeeded in doing.
Team Lakay, the best and dominating MMA Team in the Philippines!
I'm proud to be a part of Team Lakay!
First video clip is Coach Eduard (in red shorts ) vs Sol Kwon from S.Korea.
Coach Mark and Coach Eduard and company have built Team Lakay with their blood, sweat and tears forged through years of experience. Not only that but their success in local Philippine MMA helped bring attention to the Philippines that we also have tough warriors that can be formidable and be a challenge among our Asian neighbours. Therefore Team Lakay's efforts also brought recognition to the country and helped pave the way for Filipino MMA fighters to be recognize among its Asian neigbhours.
Coach Mark and Coach Eduard and other pioneers of Team Lakay are the trailblazers and we the next generation are proud to walked that trodden path to bring recognition not only for ourselves, but to Coach Mark and Coach Eduard, to Team Lakay and to our country.
Now that's four wins for Team Lakay in just two days in separate MMA Tournaments.
URCC Championo Honorio Banario successfully defends title by knocking out his opponent with a vicious lead sidekick to the head.
Now, for the finally of tournaments participated by Team Lakay, Coach Eduard battles this coming September 3 on Legend FC.
Hurray for Team Lakay as all three fighters won the PXC 26 MMA tournament!
Coach Jazor won by unanimous decision against a strong and tall fighter who had lots of reach advantage.
Chris Pitpitunge won the fight in the first round.
Jay Eustaquio won by referee stoppage as his opponent's leg was badly injured from low-leg kicks.
All in all, Team Lakay dominated this event! Congratulations are in order for them.
Official Team Lakay Website Wix.com
Team Lakay was put up by Coach Marc Sangiao and Coach Eduard Folayang of whom were fighters and part of the Sanshou Philippine Team.
The main picture - from the right is Eduard Folayang and Sir Marc Sangiao, Coach Kevin Belingon and Coach Rey Docyogen.
They brought the country gold and prestige during their time and proved to our Asian neighbors, the Philippines is a strong contender in Sanshou.
Sanshou is the combative style of Wushu, the other is forms or Taolu.
Some senior and coaches of the Team Lakay will be fighting this week. I wish my best to Coach Jasor and Geje and to fighter Chris Pitpitunge. Who will be fighting on August 20.
Coach Eduard will be competing against Ole Baguio Laursen in the new asian MMA event, One FC.
*Recent news, Ole Baguio Laursen was injured while training and he won't be fighting Coach Eduard. Instead Coach Eduard will be fighting a Korean fighter, .
Aside from Team Lakay based on Sanshou, we get to learn more Wrestling (Sanshou has a good soldi basic techniques for takedowns), BJJ and other relevant martial arts. If the students wishes to compete in MMA in future years.
Sanshou is a striking art but has takedowns and shoots and sweeps, and yes you can suplex, and do scissor kicks too, but in international sport competition, no knees and elbows are allowed. Sanda is the professionalize sport of Sanshou. No body armor and head gear are worn, except for boxing gloves and groin guard - knees are allowed and hard slams are permitted.
Sanshou is one of the best standup styles because it transitions beautifully onto MMA.
*Did you know that Sanshou fighters have one of the fastest lead sidekicks?
1. The link below is from youtube and about Sanshou competition.
2. Some clips of senior coaches and fighters of Team Lakay competing in MMA.
On 2:18 of this clip, is our founder and chief Coach Marc Sangiao.
3. Founder of Team Lakay Coach Marc "The Machine" Sangiao during his competing days. Coach Marc in red shorts. His opponent Muay Thai stylist Biagtan. Sir Marc brings Biagtan to the ground and submits him with armbar. (video does not document the fight with more details)
4. Biagtan was pissed losing so easily that he asked for a rematch. But Sir Marc begged to differ and instead proposed to Biagtan that he fight his student - a good friend of mine - Remsem Alangsab.
Biagtan accepts the challenge. Remsem in red shorts Kru Biagtan in black shorts.
5. Coach Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang in one of his MMA fights - one of the founding members of Team Lakay.
6. Coach Kevin Belingon in one of his MMA fights last year.
One of the things I appreciate from my coaches and instructors is that they are not show-offs or braggy.
A peon like me can easily approach them and talk to them. When you talk to these guys, they're very down to earth, likable, and sociable and courteous. But when they step onto the ring or the cage, then they release their ferocity and tenacity. When they step off the ring/cage, gentle as puppies. :)
I'm proud to be a student under them and to be a member of Team Lakay.
My greatest respects to Coach Shawn Tompkins and condolences to his lovely wife, family and friends. I believe that he was taken from this world too soon.
I got the opportunity to train under him when I was in the US. A very insightful and innovative coach. Because of him I got the chance to upgrade my skills to a higher level and help solidify my game even more. I got to learn a lot from him - one of the best that will ever be and I will remember and apply his ideas and teachings on the mat and in the ring.
Rest In Peace Coach Shawn.
Most people say that too much computer gaming is bad for the health or most people look down on you and think that you're just a dumb mama's boy when you reveal that you're an enthusiastic gamer. But mostly I don't care about other people's opinion who look down on me and think less of me as a human being just because I spend several hours a day gaming. It's my controlled vice. After work and training, I don't sit on a couch and watch tv (unless its sports or the military channel or an interesting show) but I relax by playing games.
So you people who look down on people playing computer games, take it from me, I am a graduate in sports medicine and currently taking up my masteral. I am a medalist in Sanshou and Muay Thai, Blue Belt in BJJ, and currently active in three sports. Soon training to compete locally in MMA - so watch your words when you tell me that I'm nothing but a dumb ass just because I play games. Try it, might be just what you're looking for.