Fifteen Filipino karateka will be seeing action in the 10th Korea Open International Karatedo Championships beginning today in Gimpo City in Gyeonggi, South Korea.
The team will compete in four different junior categories namely kumite (sparring), kata (form), team kumite and team kata.
“We are expecting that we can earn medals from this competition. I believe these young and talented kids will do their best to get a medal,” said Philippine Karatedo Federation Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes on Thursday.
Competing in the under-13 division are Francis Joshua Cuarton, Brian Albert De Jesus, Julio Gabriel Lacson, Sebastian Lorenzo Lacson, Nathan Tyrel Lim, Thomas Jared Lim, Heath Ulrich Liwanes, Heather Urielle Liwanes, Kyro Charlz Mayugba, Karl Corvin Mayugba and Margueritte Therese Cala-or.
Patrick Gregory Tecson, Chris Harold Kawaen and Zenra Katheryn Kawaen will be vying for medals in the juniors division.
Team manager Raoul Emmanuel Resurreccion and coach Franklin Kawaen will accompany the team.
The competition will run until July 10.
Meanwhile, national karatedo team coach Rommel Raymundo and Randy Padua along with International Shotokan Karatedo Federation (ISKF) Philippines official Walter Guzom and player Erika Samonte attended the 50th ISKF Master Camp in Philadelphia, United States.
Participants from 40 countries joined the training that lasted for a month. Among the topics discussed were the technical varieties of karate as well as how to conduct coaching seminars and referee courses.
Samonte was able to bag a gold medal in the women’s kumite +18 category in one of the tournaments held during the camp. She bested participants from Canada, Israel, United States and Australia.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID