THE Kadayawan Judo-Jiu Jitsu Tournament and 2nd TKS Petron Inter-School Karatedo Age-Group Championships will kick off on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Campo Agua in Toril.

Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao head Rommel Tan said this is the second year they are holding a back-to-back tournament with Paolo Tancontian of judo/jiu jitsu.

Updates on President Benigno Aquino III's presidency

"We are very happy with the outcome of our events last year that's why we have decided to hold a similar activity this year as a pre-Kadayawan feature," Tan said.

Tan, who guested at the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Tower Inn yesterday, said Davao City's eight national champions bound for Singapore in September will join the weekend competition.

"This will serve as a tune-up tournament for them. We have some 70 participants in karatedo alone with visiting teams from Bukidnon and General Santos City. The Pagadian team has yet to confirm," he said.

Tan said the upcoming karatefest is designed for student players although he said AAK also holds open tournaments where out-of-school youths can also join. (MLSA)