AAK Davao clinches 3 golds in Adidas Cup

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


THE Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao captured a total of three gold medals, four silvers and two bronzes in the 2nd Adidas Adidas International Cup that came to a close Sunday at the Makati Coliseum.

Josh Andrew Worsley, Gabriel Quiñones and Carmela Marie Estarija pocketed the golds in their respective events. Worsley of St. Paul College topped the boys 6-7 kumite by beating an opponent from Singapore while Quiñones of Brokenshire College ruled the cadets -57 kilogram kgs kumite against and Indonesia with a rousing 7-0 score and Estarija of Stella Maris Academy of Davao subdued a JKI (Shito) karateka in girls open kumite event.

Quiñones also got a bronze in kata while Estarija lost to Japan-trained Ana Tan of AAK-Megamall to settle for silver in kata.

Precious International School of Davao (PISD) John Paul Ponce and Julian Ambrose Ramirez copped silvers in the two-day karatefest. Ponce placed second in boys 8-9 kata and kumite events where Filipino-Japanese Naoki Alforte of AAK-DLZHS went home with the golds while Ramirez got the silver in boys 12-13 kumite after losing to a JKA-Lipa player in the finals.

Jamaica Quiben of Thompson Christian School, for her part, salvaged the girls 10-11 kumite bronze.

A total of 12 teams joined the tournament including Singapore and Indonesia.

AAK-Davao chief Rommel Tan thanked sponsors Zoofari, Outback Grill, Charlie and Gloria Estarija, Edgar and Maethel Ponce, Jay and Joan Ramirez, Mr. and Mrs. Quiñones, Beefit Gym, Tomas Electrical and TKS Petron for backing up the team's participation. (MLSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 22, 2014.

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