Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu is a culmination of decades-long of experience and hard work
Last February 17, 2017, Ali Sulit, head of Atos Jiu-Jitsu Philippines and a first degree Brazilian Jiu-jitsu blackbelt under Andre Galvao, launched his Jiu-jitsu brand aptly named as Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu. Along with Jiujitsu Manila and Subsport Philippines, the school is affiliated with Atos Jiu Jitsu Philippines.
“For over two years, I was being convinced to make such a move. I have always known that eventually I would have my own school or team,” Sulit shared about why he started his own brand.
“Having said that, I would like to state that I am greatly thankful that I have grown and learned so much being part of Atos Jiu-jitsu.”
What makes Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu different from the rest is that the main goal of the team is to develop holistic martial artists — the very essence of martial arts.
“The goal of Ali Sulit Jiu-Jitsu is the development of all its members in the pursuit of attaining their fullest potential — physically, mentally, and holistically that they may be better martial artists and individuals in society,” explained Sulit, who is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Carrying the banner of the brand are Sulit’s mainstay branches, which are comprised of the Ateneo and Fisher Mall in Quezon City, the Fitness Factory in Makati City, and the Atos Cagayan de Oro branch.
“Coach Ali”, as he is known to most of his students, regularly rotates and visits his branches, and coordinates with his coaches and instructors in order to deliver the curriculum with his desired goals.
Love for grappling in general is actually what drove the 2016 IBJJF Asian Open Champion to formalize his team. He feels that he needs to help bring back the essence of Jiu-jitsu as a martial art.
“Nowadays the study of Jiu-jitsu has a tendency to be approached only as a sport. The classes and lessons are often mostly geared for techniques and moves that can be used in a competition,” added the 41-year-old mentor.
“I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I believe that one can maximize the benefits of Jiu-jitsu if one is taught and guided to study it, practice it, and appreciate it holistically.”
It is through his study of Judo where Sulit grounds his approach.
“Judo is more traditional. I suppose that’s where I draw it from- the knowledge and belief that martial arts can be more and in effect, the student who understands this can have and be more,” stressed Sulit, who is also mentoring the Ateneo Judo Association.
All of Atos Jiu-jitsu Philippines branches were well represented during the event, which was held at the Lounge in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.