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Gibran Langbayan: The First Igorot Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Meet Gibran Langbayan, the first Igorot BJJ Black Belt champion and Lions Nation MMA trainer, and witness his profound impact on Philippine MMA.

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Explore the inspiring journey of Gibran Langbayan, the first Igorot BJJ Black Belt champion and Lions Nation MMA trainer, and witness his profound impact on Philippine MMA.

Gibran Langbayan has etched his name in history as the first Igorot Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt. Hailing from Tadian, Mountain Province, and Buguias, Benguet, his remarkable journey in the world of martial arts is a testament to the enduring spirit of the Igorot people and the power of dedication.

A Trailblazing Journey in BJJ

Gibran Langbayan's journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu began with the same passion and commitment that define the Igorot culture. He quickly progressed through the ranks and achieved the pinnacle of BJJ expertise when he was awarded his black belt under the mentorship of Professor Leonardo Fernandes Da Silva. His rise through the ranks has been nothing short of exceptional, representing the fusion of heritage and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

A Passionate Advocate for BJJ in the Philippines

Langbayan's commitment to the sport goes beyond personal achievement. He is a fervent advocate for BJJ in the Philippines, sharing the art and helping others in their BJJ journey. His dedication to teaching and nurturing the local BJJ community sets a precedent for aspiring martial artists. He is a bridge between tradition and modernity in the world of martial arts.

Versatile Expertise: From the Mat to Healthcare

Beyond the mats of BJJ, Gibran Langbayan is a registered nurse. His unique blend of healthcare knowledge has enriched his martial arts practice, enabling him to understand human anatomy and movement in a profound way. This knowledge has undoubtedly played a significant role in enhancing the technique and performance of his students. He's a true embodiment of the holistic approach to martial arts.

Training Champions at Lions Nation MMA

Langbayan, often referred to as "Professor," plays a crucial role in the BJJ community, extending his impact to training members of the Eduard Folayang team, known as Lions Nation MMA. This team includes renowned fighters like Joshua Pacio, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Jeremy Pacatiw, Edward Kelly, and striking coach Don-Don Calas. Langbayan's contribution as a coach further exemplifies his expertise and commitment to the sport. He is a mentor to champions, a guide to those who aim for greatness.

Owner and Head Coach of Baguio BJJ

In addition to his roles in the BJJ community and the training of champions, Gibran Langbayan is the owner and head coach of Baguio BJJ, a martial arts school in Baguio City. This institution serves as a hub for BJJ enthusiasts and showcases Langbayan's dedication to teaching and promoting the sport. It is a center of learning and growth for all who seek the path of BJJ.

A Multitude of Achievements

Gibran Langbayan's journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is studded with achievements, highlighting his excellence in the sport. His accomplishments on the mat demonstrate the outcome of dedication and hard work:

  • NAGA Las Vegas - Bronze Medal (Black Belt Master1) - September 12, 2021.
  • JJWL Fullerton/ L.A. - Gold Medal (Brown Belt Master1) - September 6, 2021.
  • NAGA San Diego - Silver Medal (Black/Brown Belt Master1) - August 29, 2021.
  • NAGA Arizona - Silver Medal (Black Belt Master1) - August 22, 2021.
  • NAGA Arizona - Bronze Medal (Black Belt Master1) - August 22, 2021.
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Slam London - Gold Medal (Purple Belt Master1) - March 9, 2020.
  • Bahrain Jiu Jitsu League 2018 - Gold Medal (Purple Belt Adults) - October 26, 2018.
  • Philippine Jiu Jitsu National Open - Gold Medal (Purple Belt Master1) - September 9, 2018.
  • Dumau Philippine International Jiujitsu Cebu - Silver Medal (Blue Master1) - October 8, 2017.
  • Dumau Philippine International Jiujitsu Cebu - Gold Medal (Blue Master1) - October 7, 2017.
  • Cobra No Gi Submission Only - Gold Medal (Blue Adult) - February 2, 2017.

Gibran Langbayan's impressive medal collection further solidifies his reputation as an accomplished martial artist. It reflects a journey of continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence.

A Role Model for Many

Gibran Langbayan's story is more than personal success; it's an inspiration. His journey from the Igorot community to becoming the first Igorot BJJ black belt symbolizes the limitless possibilities when one is driven by passion and determination. He's a living example of how heritage can be an asset on the path to greatness.

His technical skills, sportsmanship, and dedication to his students make him a role model for BJJ practitioners, not just in the Philippines but around the world. He embodies the values of respect, discipline, and perseverance that are at the core of martial arts.

Langbayan's dedication to his craft and his commitment to overcoming challenges are reflected in his words: "Athletes, in general, face many challenges and require a lot of sacrifice, especially when you're just starting out. However, it's worth it once you achieve it." These words serve as a source of inspiration to all those who aspire to follow in his footsteps.

In summary, Gibran Langbayan's journey as the first Igorot Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is a testament to the power of culture, dedication, and mentorship. His contributions to BJJ, his championship titles, and his status as a respected figure in the BJJ community make him an iconic figure for both the Igorot people and martial arts enthusiasts worldwide.

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