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Fighting life’s challenges through martial arts

Emmanuel B. Villaruel - The Freeman
Fighting lifeâs challenges through martial arts
Cebuano martial artist Lemuel P. Maglinte wins bronze medal in the 140-160 lbs. division of the Atlas Grappling Invitational-All Las Vegas Jiujitsu Tournament that qualifies him for the 2021 Jiujitsu World League slated on March 27 at the Sahara Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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CEBU, Philippines —  He used to write sports news.

Now, he’s the one who is in the news.

Not as a writer, but as an athlete.

And Cebuano martial artist Lemuel P. Maglinte relishes with pride every bit of his special moment fighting for the first time as a  purple belt in a jiujitsu tournament in the United States.

The former assistant sports editor of The Freeman and Banat News sports scribe bagged bronze medal in the 140-160 lbs.  division of the Atlas Grappling Invitational-All Las Vegas Jiujitsu Tournament staged behind closed doors last January 24 (January 25 Phl  time) at the Atlas grappling facility in Henderson, Las Vegas.

For that, the 32-year-old Maglinte booked a ticket to the 2021 Jiujitsu World League slated on March 27 at the Sahara Events  Center also in Vegas.

Maglinte’s road toward his first US tilt wasn’t easy as he had to deal with some challenges that were compounded by the global pandemic.

“I really had no proper training.The gym fee here is a bit expensive that is why I have to hop from one gym to another that offers free trials,” shared Maglinte, who is momentarily staying with his aunt in Las Vegas.

Maglinte is not new to winning though.

He’s a back-to-back gold medalist in the Asian Jiujitsu Federation Championship at the SM City-Seaside back in 2017 and 2018.

As a blue belt then, he also pocketed gold in the International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation (IBJJF)-Manila Open at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City two years ago.

More than showcasing his skills, Maglinte said pouring in his energy to martial arts has somehow gave him strength to parry  the adversities and endure all the slings and arrows that smacked his way.

“It’s really a big help because through martial arts, I was able to cope with the tragedies in my life especially when both my  parents passed away,” said Maglinte, who is also an undefeated mixed martial artist under the guidance of Yaw-Yan ArDigma Cebu

founder Master Benigno “Ekin” R. Caniga, Jr. “It also provides me with an avenue to lift my spirits up during this pandemic while I’m stuck here in the US away from my wife Jeralyn, my family and friends.”

Maglinte is determined to use all the sacrifices he makes and the trials he went through as driving force as he bids for a bigger honor in the forthcoming World League.

“I will strive hard to achieve a better finish and hopefully grab gold at the World League,” Maglinte vowed. I am fighting not only for myself. I represent Cebu and all the martial artists in my hometown. I want to show to them that we can easily catch up and be at par with foreign fighters.”


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