Davao City bets dominate Kadayawan karate

DAVAO City karatekas dominated the 30th Kadayawan Karatedo Invitational Tournament held recently at the NCCC Mall Davao.

The host city collected a total of eight gold medals, three silvers and four bronzes while Davao del Sur hauled five golds, three silvers and one bronze in second.

Tagum City clinched four golds, four silvers and two bronzes in third followed by Indonesia School (3-4-1) fourth, Panabo City (2-3-5) fifth, Cagayan de Oro City (2-2-2) sixth, Jose Maria College (0-2-6) seventh, Holy Cross College of Sasa (0-1-1) eighth and Ecoland (0-1-0) ninth.

Lya Marie Carrillo pocketed the women's kata and women's -55 kg kumite golds to lead Davao City's medal harvest as teammate Miyuki Tacay (women's -62 kg kumite) added one gold.

Other Davao City gold medalists were Sean Paul Gica (boys 10 kumite), Christian Clark Robles (boys 11-13 kumite), Stephen Paul Gica (boys 14-16 kumite), Azumi Tacay (girlks 7-8 kumite), and Shinji Rex Tacay (men's +76 kg kumite).

Davao del Sur swept three gold in girls division led by Maridel Flores (11-13 kumite), Idel Grace Flores (open age, weight advance kata) and Leanzy Marie Cacananta (open age, weight intermediate kata). Ethel Grace Flores (women's -55 kg kumite) and Jamil Taunan (men's -55 kg kumite) also topped their events.

Tagum City, meanwhile, leaned on its champions Maridel Flores (girls 11-13 kumite), Mayorie Ledesma (girls open age, weight novice kata), Joana Baloyo (women's +61 kg kumite) and Jan Pedro (boys open age, weight intermediate kata).

The two-day event was organized by Philippine Shotokan Karatedo Association (PSKAI)-Takai Gijutsu School of Martial Artsand sponsored by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office.
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