Deftac RT Jiu Jitsu – Learn the Martial Art for only 999 Pesos


Finally started learning Jiu Jitsu at Detac RT Studios. I’ve been wanting to learn for almost a year now but never got around to it. A friend of mine told me last month though that he had found this Jiu Jitsu place in Gilmore and since I already box in Elorde Gilmore, the location was perfect. Plus they have a promo now and your first month is only going to cost 999 pesos for unlimited lessons so I had to give it a try.

I started training on the 2nd week of April right after my Mount Apo Climb. My left ankle still hurt a bit because I fell on it going down the mountain but I was already missing working out, so I decided to just get myself an ankle guard and start learning Jiu Jitsu anyway.

Deftac Rt Jiu Jitsu first night

My first night at Deftac RT Jiu Jitsu

Deftac RT Jiu Jitsu

Like I said earlier, I’m learning Jiu JItsu at Deftac RT. It’s located along Valencia on the second floor of RT studios. If you’ve seen that savemore grocery place along Aurora, the one before gilmore if you’re coming from Manila, it’s along that road. You can walk to it from the LRT 2 train station.

Here are couple more details about the place and a Map so you can find it if you decide to give the place a shot.

Address: 7 Valencia, 1112 Quezon City, Philippines (it’s along the street where the save more grocery is located)

Contact Number: 0917 806 0004 (Gerard’s Phone), 726-6669, 966-2832

Deftac RT Jiu-Jitsu

It might seem far from Gilmore LRT 2 station if you look at the map but it’s really not. you can walk there, that’s what I do.

Our coach is Gerard Maristela. He’s a pretty fun and lively guy. He’s a good teacher and he creates a laid back atmosphere when we’re training so it’s not too serious over there. He’s pinoy but he was raised in the US so he’ll be talking in English most of the time.

He told us he was actually thinking of opening a Jiu Jitsu Gym in the States but decided to just stay with his people and teach here.

The studio where we train at (RT studios) is not that big, but it’s good enough for training. By my estimate the place is probably around 40-50 sqm .

On a normal training night (that’s when I train) I think there are probably around 12-15 people there.

So what should beginners expect?

Hmmm with Gerard he sort of just throws you into the fray hehe. He does give you some quick lessons on Jiu Jitsu as you’re going through the drills so that’s cool. And before you do the stuff you’re going to practice for the day, he breaks down the moves for you so that you can understand how it’s done and why certain movements are necessary.

Like most practical teachers he’ll show you the movements first and give a quick lesson about them. Then you have to do them with a partner and he’ll go around correcting people or watching them as they try to work it out themselves. He pairs the new guys with the older ones as well so that speeds up the learning process since the older students also get to teach us newbies.

On our first day we were also given the chance to roll or spar already. But it was optional since we were new and I opted out because of my ankle. One of my friends gave it a go though.

The next day I tried rolling as well and it’s extremely exhausting. I don’t know that many moves yet, so I mostly just tried powering through the guard of my opponent (which I was advised not to do lol).

I never got win lol, I always had to tap out in the end. I could defend fairly well for a couple minutes but my tank would give out after maybe 4 or 5 minutes of rolling and that’s when I’d get chocked.

All in all I’m enjoying training. I get choked a lot and all I can do is defend till I’m exhausted but they tell me that’s true for most people when they’re starting out.

 Where to buy your Gi

If you’re thinking of learning the martial art at Deftac RT Jiu Jitsu then you might want to get yourself a Gi (the uniform that martial artists wear). You’ll still get to train if you don’t wear a Gi but it’s just better if you wear one to training since everyone else does.

If you’re thinking of buying a Gi, you can head on over to K1 Extreme sports shop. It’s along the street where Elorde boxing gym is located, in Gilmore.

If you’re coming from the LRT 2 train, just keep walking along the street where all the computer shops are located till you see it. It’ll be on your left.

Here’s a map that might make your job of finding it easier.

K1 Extreme Sportshop Map

14 Granada, Ortigas Ave., Cor. Santolan Rd. (Near Petron Santolan Cor. Ortigas Ave.), 1100 Quezon City

K1 has some locally made Gi that you can get for 1,500 pesos. These are great if you’re looking for a cheap one. They also have the more expensive kind and a lot of other gear for all your MMA needs.

That’s it for this post. If you’re thinking of learning Jiu Jitsu, why don’t you give Deftac RT a try and join us. It’s only going to cost you 999 pesos to learn :).

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Malds Menzon is the owner and main writer for The Fit Pinoy blog. He's a law student, blogger, internet marketer and fitness enthusiast who enjoys writing about all the gyms he's been to and fitness classes he's tried. He spends most of his time either at the gym or studying/writing at one of the Starbucks places in the Metro Manila Area. He usually looks a little too serious but he's a nice guy so don't be afraid to say hi if you run into him :). You can follow or add him on Twitter and Google+ by clicking the appropriate buttons on your left (below the picture).

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  1. Marco 4 May, 2013 at 12:27 am

    999 a month?

    • Malds 4 May, 2013 at 5:57 am

      Yup, first month promo thing ng Deftac RT

  2. Jay 26 August, 2013 at 8:35 am

    magkano ang rate tlga sa deftac?

    • Malds 26 August, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      haven’t trained for almost 3 weeks na coz of midterms and review pero ang last na sabi samin was around 3.5k monthly.

  3. archie medina 27 October, 2013 at 6:41 am

    The one u mention about the gi worth 1500,is it durable?

    • Malds 30 October, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Yup, very :). Just try to get the right size for you. Mine was a little small on the sleeves but not by too much. They’re not the most comfy but you’ll forget all about the feel of the tela once you’re already rolling lol. At least I did.


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