Training indoors in the midst of the pandemic did not stop the determined karatekas of Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao City Chapter as they collared six gold medals to go with two silvers and three bronzes in the 3rd Annual Karate Hakuakai Philippines Championship Online Karate E-Kata international tournament.
The smashing performance gave the AAK kids the second place trophy overall.
Leading the AAK Davao’s triumph is neophyte Heleina So who topped the 7 years old and below Novice Kata Girls division. The 7-year old promising karateka is the daughter of Davao City Sports Council president Dexter So.
Also winning golds were Zacchary Subang in the 8-9 years-old Boys Novice Kata, national training pool member Stephen James Cartagena in the 16-17 years-old Boys Intermediate Kata, Ian Carlos Pascual in the 16-17 years-old Boys Advance Kata, Robert Dayanan Jr. (8-9 years-old Boys Intermediate Kata) and Liam Japeth Lim (10-11 years-old Boys Novice Kata).
Garnering silver medals were Vryzyse Krebs (7 years-old Girls Novice Kata) and Jared Dale Nirza (16-17 years-old Intermediate Kata Boys). National training pool member Aldren Solon (14-15 years-old Boys Intermediate Kata) won a bronze medal along with Jamie Danielle Nirza ( 12-13 years-old Girls Intermediate Kata) and Julian Ambrose Ramirez (18 years-old and above Boys Advance Kata).
The team is coached by veteran mentor Rommel Tan.
AAK Davao placed second overall behind AUK-JKH Cebu which finished eight golds, five silvers and two bronze medals while BAKMARI HK of Hongkong is at third with three golds, four silvers and three bronze medals.
A total of 19 local and international clubs with around 200 entries took part in the two-day online tournament sanctioned by the Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Incorporated.
“I’m very proud and happy with the team’s performance especially with the rookies. Sumikap talaga sila para manalo. We hold our practices online with diligence. Special thanks to the parents for their support on our online classes as this is AAK Davao trust to continue our training especially in the new normal,” Tan said in an interview.