Hopes high for 6 city karatekas in KL meet

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


HOPES are high for the six-member Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao team that leaves today to compete in the 15th Malaysian Milo Karatedo Open Championships set on Friday to Sunday at the Cheras Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AAK Davao chief instructor and coach Rommel Tan, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, Wednesday said, "We will give our best to win medals."

Tan will lean on the services of Josh Worsley, John Paul Ponce, Jam Ramirez, Gabriel Quiñones, Carmela Marie Estarija and Pavel Jervis Bacayo who all reaped medals in the just-concluded 2014 PSC-AAK Inter-Club Karatedo Age-Group Seniors Championships at the Abreeza Ayala Malls here.

Worsley and Quiñones clinched the kata and kumite golds in their respective categories while Ponce and Estarija swept kata golds and kumite silvers in their age-groups. Ramirez copped a kata silver and a kumite bronze while Bacayo salvaged a bronze.

The inter-club event served as part of AAK-Davao team's preparations for the Malaysia meet where Worsley is entered in the boys six to seven years old category, Ramirez in 12-13, Quiñones in cadets below 57 kilograms, Estarija in cadets girls below 47 kgs. And Bacayo in juniors above 76 kgs.

The team is backed up by the Philippine Sports Commission, Outback Grill, Zoofari, Calvin Mangubat, LCI Inc. and AAK Davao parents. (MLSAbalayan)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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