Karatedo wonder Tan eyes three-peat in KL tourney

AAK DAVAO. The AAK Davao squad with head coach Rommel Tan (extreme right, second row).
AAK DAVAO. The AAK Davao squad with head coach Rommel Tan (extreme right, second row).

Davao City’s karatedo phenom Atsuko Kaiyel Tan goes for her third straight gold medal in the 18th Milo International Open Karate Championships at the Cheras Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 12-14.

The 7-year old Tan, daughter of Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao chapter manager and head coach Rommel Tan, will lead a lean 8-person delegation representing the Philippines in the annual multi-nation karatedo tournament.

Tan, who won a gold and bronze medal performance in her last international stint in the 3rd Kuala Lumpur Open last December, bagged the kata gold medal in the 6 years old category in 2015 and 2016.

She will be competing in the higher age group this time.

“It will be very tough this time but she had prepared hard. I hope she will get the gold again,” said the elder Tan who will be heading the Davao karatekas.

JP Ponce and Jam Ramirez, who like Tan have won the prestigious So Kim Cheng Athlete of the Year award, will also be gunning fr the gold medal in their respective classes.

Ponce won a bronze in the the Kota Kinabalu Open last March.

Also in the squad are Khyzzia Navarro, Seth Navarro, Janna Ramirez, and rookies Marcus Arellano, and John Philip Cagandahan.

The Navarro siblings also won silver medals in the kata competition in the Kota Kinabalu tournament.

“The kids are working out very hard, I can’t wait to see them perform,” Tan told Edge Davao. The team leaves today, Wednesday May 10, for Kuala Lumpur.

The team is backed up by Beefit Gym, Engr. Celso Manaois, Jay Ramirez, Miguel Ramirez, Randy Magallanes and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).