After making its mark in Southeast Asia, Davao City-based Pilipinas Sambo takes it a little further this time in the Asian level.
Riding on its primary mission of honing their elite athletes to be globally competent, the Filipino Sambo warriors bravely entered the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships which formally opened Tuesday, September 3 at the Haom 2nd Gymnasium in South Korea.
Pilipinas Sambo made promising conquest in Indonesia last June with a bunch of Philippines’ renowned martial artists bannering the organization’s colors.
This time, those icons will elevate their games in one of the world’s biggest sambo championships accredited by the International Federation of Amateur Sambo (FIAS), the world governing body of the sport.
According to Pilipinas Sambo secretary-general Paolo Tancontian, Filipino-American and undisputed Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) champion Mark
“Mugen” Striegl along with 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) judo bronze medalist and World Championships bronze medalist Sydney Tancontian, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) judo most valuable player Chino Sy Tancontian, seasoned judoka Jedd Andre Kim, Renzo Miguel Cazeñas and Helen Aclopen lead the Philippine contingent for the Korea invasion.
Striegl is the lone bet who will compete in the combat sambo particularly in the -68kgs weight division.
The rest of the cast will vie for honors in the sport sambo.
The Pilipinas Sambo official, however, said the team expects a tough competition in this kind of competition where the best of the best converge.
Tancontian also said that this event will serve as the peak of their preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Manila this November.