IN PREPARATION to possible hosting of next year’s Palarong Pambansa, the Department of Education (DepEd)-Benguet trained more than 60 elementary and secondary teacher-coaches from different municipalities in the province during the first Division Training on Sports Coaching.
Teacher-coaches were trained in wushu, Muay Thai, and pencak silat on September 22-24 at the Benguet Sports Complex, Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.
The training coincides with the ongoing International Martial Arts Festival in South Korea participated by the Philippine Team which includes Cordilleran Glen Gunan who will compete in pencak silat.
Benguet is the first in the entire region to conduct the training in response to the inclusion of pencak silat as the newest martial arts sport in next year’s Palarong Pambansa.
Muay Thai is proposed again to be a demonstration sport while wushu is already included in the annual event.
The training was the initiated by Ceasar Luma-ang, DepEd Benguet division sports coordinator with the help of martial arts trainers and coaches Bryan Olod of Sablan National High School and Richard Tabacla of Benguet National High School-Main.
Participants learned the basic skills and techniques in wushu, Muay Thai, and pencak silat such as punching, kicking, blocking or parrying, catching and takedowns, as well as how to teach the same to their students. Some competition rules were also shared together with demonstrations.
Michael Humiding, one of the wushu pioneers and in the region, and at the same time King’s College sports coordinator challenged the participants that as coaches, they should first know and master the foundations of the sport, the skills, and how to teach the same.
Humiding emphasized on empathy and knowing the soft skills, understanding the temper of students, and discipline.
He also pointed on the importance of being passionate to the sport.
“Walk the talk. You have to give it your all or not at all. All of these happen gradually, just give it time,” said Humiding.
Olod handled the training in wushu and Muay Thai with trainers led by Rhea May Parayao of Mil-an National High School, Loakan, Baguio City together with co-national coaches Perlito Shiador, Roland Claro, Jay Harold Gregorio, and Edzel Ngina who is also a Muay Thai international referee.
Other trainers are Joseph Oloan, chairperson of Baguio Muay Thai Federation under Muay Thai Association of the Philippines, Balson Cabato, and Zephania Ngaya of University of the Cordilleras who, like Parayo, is a former member of the national team.
Tabacla, who is also the DepEd-Benguet provincial coordinator handled the training in pencak silat with trainers led by Salaknib Martial Arts System founder Reynaldo Samson who is also the OIC regional director of the Cordillera Administrative Region Phil Silat (CARPS) Association under the Philippine Silat Association (PhilSilat), CARPS Benguet provincial coordinator Ryan Batinay, and Reggie Pachong also of CARPS Benguet.
Joanne Ekid of CARPS Mountain Province and Theodore Bilagot Solang of CARPS Baguio City served as facilitators.
Pencak silat is the only martial arts sport that gives additional point to blocking or parrying when followed by a successful counter attack. This emphasizes the importance of defense. Also, the valid target is only the torso, front and back except the spine, although the entire body is protected with various gears and body armor similar to those used in other full-contact sports.
DepEd Benguet assistant schools division superintendent Nestor Bulayo stated the need for trainers and coaches in wushu, Muay Thai, and pencak silat and challenged the participants to have the passion to teach.
“Attend trainings as much as you can. Do it the hard way if you have to. You will be able to find ways and strategies if you put your heart to it and use your initiative,” Luma-ang said. “We hope to conduct other trainings kasi bitin ito. Sinasabi ko lang ‘di ko pinapangako. If positive then we will float a memorandum. For now, continue training. We hope the regional office will conduct trainings for the new sports.” Theodore Bilagot Solang with Rhea May Parayao, Richard Tabacla, and Edzel Ngina.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 28, 2017.
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