Trench Tech's Cuki “The Flying Cockroach” Alvarez bagged two gold medals in the Guam Masters Games' Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition held at the Leo Palace's Grand Ballroom in Yona last Saturday.
Alvarez bested five other 35A master age division competitors both in the Gi and No-Gi welterweight (161-169lbs) divisions. A Gi is a traditional kimono used by mixed martial artists to better perform submission maneuvers.
“I decided to fly over and compete literally on Friday night and was really glad I did. I had a great time and it felt good competing against guys my own age,” Alvarez said in the telephone interview with Saipan Tribune last Tuesday.
Alvarez, 41, swept all six of his matches, besting BJJ Blue belt, John Castillo, in both gold medal matches.
His very first match in the Gi grouping was against the 32-year-old Castillo and the Saipan bet won via points, 12-0, after completion of their six-minute match. Next up for Alvarez was BJJ purple belt holder Joe McDonald, who trains with Trench Tech's sister-school Purebred Guam, and the former shut the latter out, 6-0.
Alvarez was then paired against a 6'2” American BJJ white belt holder, who bowed to the Trench Tech frontman via a north-south Kimura arm lock submission about halfway through the match.
With his three wins, Alvarez advanced to the finals and reverted to his go-to move, the north-south Kimura arm lock, to defeat Castillo for his first gold medal.
Alvarez's No-Gi event went down in similar fashion as he first went through the lengthy white belt competitor and this time won on a rear-naked choke submission two minutes into the match.
The Trech Tech president then bested McDonald with another north south Kimura arm lock at around the four-minute mark of his second match, and hemmed up Castillo once again with his signature move, this time in only one minute, for the second gold medal.
Though he would never openly admit, the humble Alvarez handled the competition with ease and shared that he feels like he is still in prime shape because he undergoes a lot of hands on training with his aspiring MMA students daily.
When asked if he would consider getting back in the octagon, Alvarez said, “I am perfectly content with what I'm doing, teaching the future generation, but if the conditions are right, sure. I'm in great shape and feel very capable of handling myself in the cage.”