First gold medal, a milestone-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
JUST every athlete dreams of capturing that coveted first gold medal. It's like a badge of confidence that one is on top of his or her game. A proof that the rigors of training had paid off, at last. And an assurance that one is on the right track and must keep going on.
For Julian Ambrose "Jam" Lictaoa Ramirez, winning the boys 12-13 kumite gold in the just-concluded 2013 TKS-Petron Inter-Club Karatedo Championship at the Gaisano Grand Citimall SkyGym was more than he could ever hope for.
It's a dream come true for Jam who only started competing in March. He also clinched a kata silver in the same age-group of the tournament.
"This is my greatest achievement so far as an athlete. I felt nervous during the tournament. I was very happy when I won," 13-year-old Jam said.
The Precious International School of Davao (PISD) Grade 7 student said he loves karate as the sport teaches him defense and discipline.
He said, "I'm inspired by karate experts and wish that someday I will also been expert. I want to be a karate instructor in the future so I can also share my skills and knowledge."
Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao chief Rommel Tan said, "Jam is teachable and patient. He just needs to improve on his tolerance in pain."
Jam is the eldest of four kids of Jay and Jo Ann Ramirez from GSIS Heights subdivision in Matina, Davao City.
The five-foot-two champion learned the sport during summer of 2012 as his parents enrolled him at the Milo Summer Karatedo Clinic.
He since then enjoyed it and decided to continue training for competition. He made his debut in the 2013 TKS-Petron Unity Karate Cup in March at the Gaisano Grand Citimall in March where he copped a kata silver and a kumite bronze. He also tried his luck at the Super Karate Kids at SM Supermalls, but came out empty-handed.
The Manila stint did not dampen his hopes though as he bounced back with a gold at the Inter-Club event that also drew participants from other parts of Mindanao.
The promising rookie said he regularly trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. He works on his assignments and study his lessons after classes before taking his dinner by 6:30 p.m.
"I'm still working out my schedule, trying to balance my time with school and training," he said.
He studies his lessons or plays basketball during free time, just like any ordinary boy his age.
But Jam sure has extraordinary gift in karate that he nurtures. He is destined for something great as he aims to become an expert in this field.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 06, 2013.