Sambo is making its debut in Southeast Asian Games in the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event, which is hosted by the Philippines. There will be 11 athletes representing the host country in the sport.
A Soviet martial art and combat sport, sambo originated in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in Soviet Union. The name of the sport is a portmanteau for the Russian words samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which literally means self-defense without weapons.
Including Jerry Legaspi, there are five coaches training the Philippine national sambo team competing at the SEA Games 2019, which will run from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019. Here is the list of 11 Filipino sambists representing the Philippines from December 5-6, 2019 at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines:
Helen Tallongen Aclopen
Originally from Mountain Province, Philippines and now based in Baguio City, Philippines, Aclopen won the bronze medal in the -52kg sambo in the 2019 World Martial Arts Masterships, which was held from August 30, 2019 to September 6, 2019 in Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, and the silver medal in the 2nd Southeast Asian Sambo Championship held in Kota Bandung, Indonesia on June 22, 2019. She will compete in the -52kg division in the SEA Games 2019.
Alyssa Charisse Andal
Andal was born on August 22, 1995. She went to St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines and University of Santo Tomas Junior High School in Manila.
A former Philippine national wushu athlete, Mariano hails from Baguio City. She will compete in the -64kg division in the SEA Games 2019.
A ONE Championship fighter, Catalan won gold in the -57kg division at the 2018 Southeast Asiam Sambo Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will also compete in the -52kg division in the SEA Games 2019.
Renzo Miguel Cazeñas
A judoka who attended the University of Santo Tomas, Cazeñas won gold in the -90kg division in the judo competition in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 80 in on November 11, 2017. He will compete in the -82kg men’s sambo in the SEA Games 2019.
Patrick dos Santos
A URCC Global fighter, dos Santos won the bronze medal in the -82kg division in the 2nd Southeast Asian Sambo Championship. He will compete in the -90kg division in the SEA Games 2019.
Jedd Andre Diño Kim
When Kim was a sophomore student at the Saint Louis High School in Baguio City, he won the half middleweight category for the under 17-year old category in the 2012 International Cadet Judo Championship, which was held in Singapore from August 18-19, 2012. He won the silver medal in the -74kg division in the 2nd Southeast Asian Sambo Championship and will also compete in the same division in the SEA Games 2019.
Patrick Paul Manicad
Manicad won the gold medal in the -74kg division in the 2nd Southeast Asian Sambo Championship. He will compete in the -82 kg division in the SEA Games.
Jose Rene “Nino” Lucero Mondejar III
Mondejar is 26 years old and he hails from Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines. He will compete in the -82kg in the SEA Games 2019.
Mark Edward “Mugen” Martinez Striegl
Born in Tokyo, Japan and currently based in Baguio City, Striegl is the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion. He will compete in the -74kg division in the SEA Games 2019.
A University of Santo Tomas student, Sy won gold in judo in the -82kg division in the UAAP Season 82. He also won gold in the -82kg in the 2nd Southeast Asian Sambo Championship and will compete in the same division in the SEA Games 2019.