While the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) is in a quandary, the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) has lined-up tournaments all over the country and its members have also campaigned in international competitions.
Years ago, I met AAK founder Pocholo Veguillas who was then the president of the PKF. After he left the federation to focus on AAK, I can say that the PKF has deteriorated. It has even come to a point of probably being the worst national sports association (NSA) because it has a president who is a non-karatedo practitioner. It was funny because they had to make him an honorary blackbelter just to “legitimize” his being a karateka.
AAK, headquartered at the 5th Floor of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, is n an entirely different path. Mr. Veguillas has continued to steer his association to greater heights since they established it in 1964.
Come April 15 to 17 at SM City Davao, AAK will hold the AAK SM Karatedo Championships that has drawn more than 100 practitioners.
Veguillas’ Davao pointman, Rommel Tan, said the players are preparing for even bigger and tougher tournaments after the event here.
Tan said they plan to compete in Thailand, Jakarta, Malaysia and hopefully in Toronto, Canada, pointing out that players need exposure in international tournaments because local competitions will make them stagnate.
I totally agree. Players need to compete against other practitioners in order to competitively evaluate if they are ripe for competition in the Kobe Osaka International (KOI) Karate World Cup.
As for the PKF, well, we can forget about them. I hope the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will decide to replace them with AAK.
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Holy Child School of Davao recently topped the National Basketball Training Center Davao eliminations at the expense of Assumption School of Davao.
The Reds will represent Davao to the national finals next month in Bacolod City and we hope that they will make waves.
Holy Child’s campaign will not only be in Bacolod but they will be in Tagum City this week to vie for a slot to the Palarong Pambansa.
They will be beefed up by four Agro and Emar High School players and, hopefully, rule the eliminations and earn a ticket to the May 8 to 14 national event in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.