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Cuki has confidence in TAC Team

CUKI Alvarez believes that he and his Trench Tech Purebred Saipan TAC Team members will perform well in the Asian International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Asakusa, Japan. The event will be held from Sept. 13 to 15, 2019.

“As a mentor and coach to my students and team mates, I have confidence in all of them and the skills that they have in their respective belt levels and ranks,” Alvarez said in an interview with Variety. He said his team has worked hard throughout the year and many of the members have had a belt promotion which should boost their confidence because it shows how much they have improved.

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Shane Alvarez, left, goes for the ankle lock against Mark Nuique during last year’s The Art of War 13 Submission Grappling Tournament. Alvarex is on the Trench Tech Purebred Saipan TAC Team that will see action in the Asian International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Asakusa, Japan.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“My guys have all competed in all my BJJ and MMA events I have held here on island so they carry a wealth of experience with them and are no strangers to competition,” Alvarez said. “Not to mention, almost all of them competed last year in the Asian Open, so they know what to expect and will handle the pressure a little easier I believe,” he added.

Lo Itibus is the only first timer on the team, but Alvarez believes in her abilities. “Lo has a lot of attributes as a BJJ player and has been training diligently the past two and a half months in preparation for her tournament debut. She has trained and sparred mainly with the guys, so she will definitely have a fun time against other girls her own size and strength. We all have very good chances of winning medals and that is our main goal.”

As for Alvarez, the Trench Tech founder himself, he thinks he could bring home yet another medal in his second visit to the Open BJJ Championships. “I am certain that the Black Belt level will be hard for sure. All these Black Belt BJJ athletes that I will be competing against have years of experience under their belts and will definitely have an arsenal of high-level attacks in their tool boxes! However, I have trained with the best Black Belts in the Marianas myself and I am confident in my skill set as well, so I will give it my all once I step foot on the mats and the referee says ‘Combat!’ ”

He added, “The competition in general at the Asian Open will definitely be tough for sure and it won’t be easy for any competitor. And I say this for all belt levels!”