Malaysia karatedo: AAK Davao wins 9 medals

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Monday, June 9, 2014


THE six-member Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK)-Davao struck for five gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes in the 15th Malaysian Milo Karatedo Open Championships held at the Cheras Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over the weekend.

Brokenshire College's Gabriel Quinones copped the cadet boys -57 kgs. gold kumite and an individual kata silver while Carmela Marie Estarija of Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) topped the cadet girls individual kata. Both karatekas joined Julian Ambrose Ramirez of Precious International School of Davao to capture the mixed team kata gold. Ramirez also got salvaged a bronze in boys 12-13 kumite.

Pavel Jervis Bacayo, for his part, seized the gold in juniors kumite below 76 kumite while Josh Worshley of St. Paul snatched the boys 6-7 kumite gold even as John Paul Ponce also of PISD settled for silver in boys 8-9 kumite and a bronze in kata.

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AAK Davao chief instructor and coach Rommel Tan, in a private message via Facebook said, "It was a wonderful experience for the team because all players were able to win medals for the country and Davao City."
A total of 17 teams and 48 local teams from 11 countries including Uzbekistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malaysia.

Tan also thanked their sponsors, adding: "Wihtout them we will not be able to compete in the said event."

The team was supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Zoofari, Outback Grill, Mr. and Mrs. Pauldag Bacayo, Calvin Mangubat, Alvin Mangubat, Jennifer Chua, Jacq To, Rex Estrada, Ghia and Jonas pineda, Tess Marcelo, Lenore Bernardo and Jarno Buenaobra, Edgar and Maethel Ponce, Robert and Jovita Quinones, Jay and Joanne Ramirez, Andrew and Anne Worsley, Mahogany Security and Investigating Agency.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2014.

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