Davao’s young Judo pride-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
IF THE quality of young Mindanao talent was ever doubted, the story of Carl Dave Aseneta, currently a scholar studying in University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, should be more than enough to turn things around.
Son of Jay Aseneta, a local judo coach, Carl is the first judoka in Mindanao to be a scholar of UP Diliman after seeing success in the Batang Pinoy competitions through the aid of then-mayor Sara Duterte and then vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Currently taking up Bachelor of Sports Science, the 16-year-old judoka who graduated from MATS high school in this city, described the shift in lifestyle in the simplest terms, saying, “dako gyud kaayo ang pagbag-o. (So much has changed.)”
Carl described his routine as waking up at 5:00 a.m., then heading to training an hour later. Carl’s training would end at 8:00 a.m., then he’d have to head to class at 11:00.
Although he admits that he misses home, his experiences in competing seem to more than make up for it.
Describing competing in the UAAP judo competitions, Carl said, “mas lingaw kay sa dati na mga dula. (It’s more fun than my old competitions.)”
Carl shared that he particularly enjoyed the atmosphere, “murag nadula ug world championship, (it’s like competing for a world championship,)” he said.
Carl has already tasted success in his first year of competing for UP Diliman, winning a bronze medal in the judo competitions of UAAP Season 76. Carl attributes much of his success to his coach in UP, Jeon Mendiola Mangahas, saying, “kun di tungod niya, manglisod gyud ko sa UP. (if not for him, I’d have a very hard time in UP.)”
When asked about the level in competition in Manila, Carl shared that he can stand toe-to-toe with their athletes, even competing in three more matches after dislocating his hand in the first. He, however, was dismayed by his opponents’ tendency to use him being from Mindanao against him, especially with the referees. “Kaya man pero daoton ka sa referee, (I can compete with them but they use the referee against me,)” he shared.
Carl’s claims are also warranted, with him being a four-time gold medalist in the Batang Pinoy games during the years 2011 and 2012, and with his successes in the Philippine National Games of this year, garnering the silver medal in the Elite Senior Division and the bronze medal in the Junior Division.
With so much success at such a young age, Carl shows the potential to someday be the top judoka in the country. He will have to wait, however, as the chance for more honor in the UAAP will come in the next school year. For now, Carl is focused on doing well in his studies.
Being a full scholar at UP Diliman, Carl works hard to keep his average above 85 percent to maintain his scholarship.
Carl’s father, Jay, is very proud of his son, even more for being a UP scholar than his successes in judo. “Di man basta-basta makasulod sa UP, (You don’t just get accepted into UP,)” he said.
Jay also shared how his wife was once a scholar in UP, and feels glad that it seems that the dream of studying in UP has been passed on to his son. He said he feels fulfilled as a father, being able to raise a son who is able to study in a very selective school such as UP Diliman.
“Sobra pa sa gold medal, (It’s even greater than a gold medal,)” Jay said when asked how he sees his son’s chance to study in UP Diliman.
Carl is currently in Davao for his semestral break, and continues to train, going to I-Flex fitness gym to keep himself fit. Carl would also like to thank Marco Antonion Tamayo for his continued support in Carl’s judo endeavors.
As only a freshman in college and already decorated with medals from national competitions, Carl is set to bring even more pride to Davao as many more years of glory are still ahead of him.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 27, 2013.