New breed, new bloods-A A +A
By Mark Sangiao
Friday, October 4, 2013
IT HAPPENS in this sport. Based on experience and on what we have watched in international and national martial arts events, decisions are sometimes felt to be not what it should be. That’s why as I always say and believe, though, it is easier said than done, as much as possible. Do not leave the decision into the hands of the judges.
It happened to us in some of our international fights, we believed some of our fighters should have won the decision, but the judges gave different results from what we have seen. The difference is that, during those bouts, we can’t do anything but accept. But if given the chance to ask the official body or the organizers regarding the result, we should do it. Especially if we believe it is the other way around. This is not to create commotion or ire but just to make sure the decision was made right.
This way, we also protect our athletes. We should consider the pre-training experiences the athletes have been through. The tough training, the hardships and sacrifices, the pains and tears, they shall all pay off. Especially if you know they have done their best.
It’s a form of protection to your athletes and even to the event or program.
Our athletes always show their best. In international events, when we see that we should have won and the decision is the other way around, it hurts and disappoints us.
For the protection of the sport that we love, knowledge and proper information of the rules of the organizing committee is very important.
Everything that happened in the past, we should always get lessons from it so that in the future, it will not happen again.
Evaluate everything and next time, it should be better. This happens in life.
The new breeds of fighters from the Cordillera Region deserve much respect, more so with their trainers and coaches. What they have been through is not easy. Warriors ahead of them are their heroes and idols and serve as their inspiration. Our goal is to produce more and more fighters from the north and represent our lineage and our blood.
I see this generally, in all the athletes who come from this side of the country. I’m proud to all of them.
For this reason, we hope for the continuous support of everyone for these local events where our local fighters have the chance to showcase their skills and prepare themselves in bigger events whether within the country or in international stage.
These kinds of events are the stages for our local fighters for them to have experiences and exposures.
It is good that we have these kinds of people who aim to help our young athletes and establish organizations, promotions or groups in order to give our local athletes have a stage for all these things.
Some upcoming local events should always be supported no matter what, in the spirit of camaraderie, for the sake of the athletes and most especially the sport.
Some of the upcoming potential athletes following the footsteps of their seniors whom we have seen delivered well recently are Team Torogi’s Franklin Donglay and Alvin Velasco who showed stunning performances in their respective bouts. They have also represented the Cordilleras in some combat sport competitions in other parts of the country, aside from the bigger promotions’ events held in Baguio City in the past.
Athletes from BSU Muay Boran team, Altitude Gym, Cordillera Martial Arts Club, Muay Boran Boxing Club and Universal Boxing Club are also on their way of creating their own records.
Others who continuously making their names are Team Lakay’s Joncris Corton, Stephen Loman and Danny Kingad. These are just some of the young bloods of the team.
Joncris Corton, who has rise-and-fall record in the past for his MMA competitions, has improved so much. He had showed his improved wrestling and ground skills. This terrible guy, despite of the height disadvantage, showed in his last fight that he is also someone to be reckoned with. His losses in the past gave him momentum to catapult him to where he is right now. Like any other Lakays, he proved that proper training and attitude can bring you to where you want, if you work hard for it.
Stephen Loman, with his young age and with his zero-loss record, has a very big potential and a great MMA future ahead of him. This meek guy, whom you can’t know what he is thinking about because of his gentle character, knows what he is doing and knows how to follow instructions inside the ring. These are some of the characters of a future champion.
With his great conditioning and superb technique coupled with good timing, in time, we will also be watching him in the international stage.
Danny Kingad, also a young blood, needs more experience and exposures so that his explosiveness will be hastened, controlled and be used properly.
Others who are still in the making, wherever gym they are training at, all deserve to be congratulated. Let them be trained well, protected well and guided well, and in no time, the Cordilleras will be recognized as a Martial Arts center in the country.
Other interested athletes and tourists can also experience the kind of trainings that we have here in the Cordilleras. The advantage of having high-altitude training, the atmosphere, the cool weather, and the great terrain, can all add up to a really good conditioning of an athlete.
This should not be overlooked by our good public servants, to take advantage of what we have, to protect, and support these athletes so we could continue doing what we have started, in any kind of combat sports. Because in the first place, this is what we have been dreaming of, to be recognized nationally and internationally, not only of our great heritage, but also of our talents and characters.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 05, 2013.