UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas hopes to maintain its streak of winning at least one championship every year as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 taekwondo tournament kicks off today at the Blue Eagle gym.
The four-day competition opens with the poomsae event, where the Growling Tigers, starring veteran internationalists Jocelyn Ninobla and Rodolfo Reyes Jr., are gunning for their third title in four years.
Action in the men’s and women’s sparring, meanwhile, will commence tomorrow at the same Katipunan venue.
UST shoots for a 14th men’s championship, as it tries to fend off stiff challenges from last season’s runner-up University of the East, National University and La Salle behind reigning MVP Joaquin Mendoza.
The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, are hard-pressed for a back-to-back title romp, as the Tigresses and the Lady Archers remain as main challengers.
UST is eager to regain the crown it last won in 2013 with Season 76 MVP Abigail Cham leading the charge.
Even Ateneo has joined the fray as it pulled off a recruitment coup by getting Asian Taekwondo Championship gold medalist Pauline Lopez.
In the juniors division, UE is eyeing for a fourth consecutive title.