Eleven karatekas from Team AAK (Association for the Advancement of Karatedo) Philippines made an impact in the 3rd Karate Mayor’s Cup Championship by winning six gold, six silver and five bronze medals held at the Badminton Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Headed by coach Richard Lim Sensei, Team Philippines-AAK stood tall against 450 strong contenders from 13 countries. There are 45 different karate clubs joined the tournament.
Xavier School Greenhills standout Adam Bondoc as well as Kyle Tabilog of Jose Rizal University and Oliver Mañalac of Fitness First Platinum Trinoma competed on the first day of the tournament.
Bondoc won bronze in Kata for Cadet 14-15 years old and silver in Kumite for Cadet 14-15 years old (below 70 kgs) while Mañalac got silver in the 84+ kgs category.
The second day of the tournament was delegated for the younger age group karatekas. It started with Kata for boys and girls’ 12 to 13 years old followed by the 10-11 years old, 8-9 years old, and finally the 6-7 years old.
Immaculate Concepcion Academy Greenhills’ Matthea Lazo copped the gold medal in Kata for the girls’ aged 12-13 years old while Krisanta Renzel Asistido of Colegio de San Agustin shared the same limelight by winning silver in the same Kata category.
Renzel Asistido bagged the gold in the 12-13 years old girls Kumite while Matthea received the silver. Daniel Cancela of The Masters Academy HG gained the bronze medal in boys’ Kata 12-13 years old.
Not to be outdone was Joan Lumbao of Saint Pedro Poveda College, who earned gold and silver medals in girls’ Individual Kata and Kumite for 10-11 years old girls, respectively so as Johan Cancela of The Masters Academy HG who scored silver and Sebastian Mañalac of St Mary’s College-Quezon City, who pocketed bronze in boys’ Kumite 8-9 years old.
Paulo Gorospe of Xavier School Greenhills also took gold both in the Kata and Kumite for boys 6-7 years old while first-timer Fiona Grande of Reedly International School made her presence felt by claiming bronzes in both Kata and Kumite for girls’ 6-7 years old.
“It was truly a successful tournament for Team AAK-Philippines. Special mention to the Coaches who trained the team – coaches Richard Lim and and Norman “Sonny” Montalvo. Congratulations to Team AAK-Philippines, players, coaches and parents,” according to the statement.