TIME management, dedication, and setting priorities right were the keys to Julian Ambrose Ramirez's success in karatedo.
Ramirez, a consistent Grade 10 honor student of Precious International School of Davao (PISD), was one of the four Association for the Advancement of Karate (AAK)-Davao members who annexed a gold medal in the 2017 Adidas BMP International Karate Championships in Music Hall, Mall of Asia in Pasay City recently.
The 16 year old is the eldest among five children of Jay Ambrose and Joan Ramirez. He started playing the sport in 2012 through the prodding of his friends JJ and Christian. He was hesitant at first, thinking that it would affect his academics since he has also been taking quitar lessons.
"Naisip ko po baka ma-affect yung time ko with friends kasi nag ba-basketball din po ako and I have a maintaining grade, mahirap po i-prioritize," Ramirez said.
Ramirez competed in his first national tournament on the same year that he learned the sport. He was discouraged by his performance but persevered to continue training to hone his skills.
Ramirez redeemed himself in 2015 when he snared the gold medal in boy's kata 15 years old at SM Milo Super Karate Kids National Invitational Championships that earned him a Male Athlete of the Year title in the So Kim Cheng Sports Awards Night.
The second Kyu purple belt also assists in karatedo summer clinics as his way of giving back to the sport that has helped mold him as an individual. He dreams of becoming a blackbelt holder and play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.