Alvin Aguilar

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Arthur Alvin A. Aguilar
Born Arthur Alvin A. Aguilar
April 28, 1974
Manila, Philippines
Other names Alvin Aguilar
Nationality Filipino
Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Yaw-Yan, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
Teacher(s) Royce Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Rob Cousart
Rank 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Shotokan
Notable students Maybelline Masuda

Arthur Alvin A. Aguilar is a Mixed Martial Artist, Promotor and Professor better known as Alvin Aguilar. He was born on April 28, 1974 in Bacolod, Philippines. He is the President and Founder of the first, most well-known MMA Promotion in the Philippines and the Longest Running MMA Promotion in Asia: The Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC, 2002–present); He is also the Founder and Head Coach of the largest MMA and BJJ Team in the country: DEFTAC Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Philippines (DEFTAC, 1996–present.) His Martial Arts journey began at the ripe age of 9, dabbling first in Karate, Arnis and Greco-Roman Wrestling. Having garnered and devoted over 30 years of his life to the study of Multiple Martial Arts forms including Sari-an, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yaw-Yan, Pekiti, etc. He has developed his own unique fighting style specializing in grappling, knife and street fighting. He is considered a prominent personality in the Asian MMA community, known as a pioneering symbol of Philippine MMA that started the MMA and BJJ movement in South East Asia during the 1990s. He is also known for being the first home-grown Filipino Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt.


Alvin Aguilar is the first and only son of his father Arthur Aguilar and his mother Madeleine Aguilar. He has one sibling, Alexandrine Ann Aguilar. Growing up, Alvin was considered by his parents, teachers and peers as a very hyperactive child. He was very athletic so his parents were forced to keep him immersed in various extra-curricular activities just to keep him busy. At the early age of nine he began to show much interest in martial arts, an interest that both his parents supported all the way. His father would even drive him around as he explored different gyms and systems. He had an early exposure to Arnis through his father and later on he learned Shotokan Karate, and Greco-Roman Wrestling throughout the 80s. He earned his college degree in Behavioral Science at De La Salle University Where he went on to become the leader of his fraternity (Tau Gamma Phi.) His involvement in fraternity violence rapidly increased and so did his thirst to seek out the most effective forms of combat. He would later join a group called Sari-An, or Sariling Pamamaraan, a martial arts group founded in the 1980s that was geared towards street fighting under the tutelage of the system’s originator Robert Cousart. He also started training his Sticks and Knife Fighting skills with Sixto Carlos of Carlos Hermanos and with Leo Gaje of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. His pursuit of martial arts excellence is guided by three main principles: authenticy, credibility, and combat effectivity.

Starting his Gracie Jiu-jitsu training at the Gracie Academy in Los Angeles, California in 1993, he became one of three existing certified International training representatives to the Gracie Association. The other two come from Nassau, Bahamas and Canada. In 2006, he was promoted to black belt by Brazilian Black Belt Kazeka Muniz.[1] In 2009, he became a member of Gracie Humaita under Royler Gracie. He now trains under Saulo Ribeiro of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu. In May, 2010, he was promoted to 1st degree black belt by Royler Gracie.

Court Cases[edit]

In his younger days, he was known to roam bars in Manila looking for fights in bars or clubs in order to test his fighting skills. He has been involved in numerous street fights including a case involving fraternity violence through which he was expelled by the administrators of De La Salle University due to injuries inflicted on a member of a rival fraternity. He filed a lawsuit against the university and the court eventually ruled in his favor.

He has been involved in a number of other resolved and unresolved cases including a case of frustrated homicide, Aguilar was shot 3 times in the abdomen via drive-by with an M16 rifle on his way out of a bar along Makati Avenue. The hit was allegedly masterminded by a rival group. He survived and has lived to tell his story.[2]He was also a victim in a shooting incident in Olive Bar Makati.[3]


Aguilar, along with partners Irwin Tieng, Franz von Muhlfeld and Jed Dario organized the Universal Reality Combat Championship or URCC. Patterned closely after well-established tournaments in the United States and Japan, these competitions are one-on-one unarmed matches where any combination of martial arts can be used and victory is achieved only by knockout or submission. Their first event in November 23, 2002 was dubbed URCC: Mayhem in Manila. Since then, they have done over 100 events with 50 feature events held in Manila and other provinces in the Philippines such as Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod, Davao and others. UFC Fighters Zhang Tie Quan, Will Chope, Dave Galera, and UFC TUF China coach Ao Hai Ling all have graced the URCC ring and are among its roster of past champions. They have developed talents from the grassroots level into world-class fighters who now have a name in MMA such as Eduard Folayang, Eric Kelly, and Kevin Belingon.

DEFTAC Philippines[edit]

In the year 1996, Aguilar formed DEFTAC Philippines a Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team. Under Aguilar's complete and direct guidance, DEFTAC has trained and produced martial arts champions in BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai, Wrestling and FMA including first Filipino World BJJ Gold Medalist: Maybelline Masuda, National and International MMA and BJJ Champions: Andrew Laxa, Justin Ceriola, Marcus Valda, Richard Lasprilla, Allan Co, Fritz Rodriguez, Louie Sanggalang, Ali Khatibi, Red Romero and Chris Hofmann

B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center[edit]

In October 2008, Aguilar opened an MMA school, the B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center. His MMA gym, located in Paranaque, Philippines, offers instruction in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Boxing. Professional fighters like Royce Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, and Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano have conducted seminars at the center. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Alvin has three children Alvin Liam, Alonso Lucas, and Andreas Lucho with his ex-wife, URCC's former marketing director, Marydelle Bermudez. He's currently running his martial arts school/gym (BAMF MMA Center) with his partner, BJJ purple belt phenom and first Filipina BJJ Worlds (Mundials) Gold Medalist (white belt division), Maybelline Masuda.[5]


  • Head Coach, Black Belt, Deftac-Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Philippines
  • Owner & Head Coach, B.A.M.F Mixed Martial Arts Center
  • Head Instructor and Founder of Defense Tactics Center (DEFTAC).
  • Founder and President of the Universal Reality Combat Championship Tournament (URCC, 2002)
  • President, Wrestling Association of the Philippines
  • Instructor, Sari-An Filipino Martial Arts.
  • Instructor, Pekiti-Tirsia.
  • Instructor, Carlos Hermanos.
  • Sports Director, Yaw-Yan Kickboxing NCR Youth.
  • 3-time Undefeated Fighter, Sari-An Annual Sparring Meet.
  • Pekiti-Tirsia Awardee, Mabangis Fighter Award.
  • 2003 "Filipino Martial Artist of the Year," Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
  • 1999 Silver Medallist, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association Tournament (Detroit Michigan, USA).
  • Head Coach, Team RAW FURY (Undefeated in local No Holds Barred fights).[citation needed]
  • Head Coach, Philippine Jiu-Jitsu Team (Produced 5 Golds & 2 Silvers in three years of International Competition).
  • 1st Filipino fighter awarded with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
  • 1st Filipino training representative of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for the Philippines
  • 1st Filipino to participate and win a Wing Bowl tournament
  • "Most Distinguished Guardian" or M.D.G., the highest honor given by the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, for being a former Grand Triskelion of De La Salle University.


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