Category Archives: karatedo

AAK at SM; Holy Child’s campaign

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.
Go Reds!

Tropang Growee supports karate, judo,jiu jitsu tournaments at Gaisano Citimall

TROPANG Growee is supporting three upcoming and exciting martial arts competitions set next month all at the Gaisano Grand Citimall along Ilustre St. this city.

Darren Evangelista, president and CEO of the Evangelista Aquatics and Sports Management Inc. (EASMI) said that the Tropang Growee 3rd Tancontian Judo Championships and Jiu Jitsu Invitational will first be held on February 13, Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Handling the two-in-one event is 8th time national judo champion Paolo Tancontian of the Tancontian Judo Club in coordination with the Holiday Gym and Spa and Rommel Tan of the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK).

Tan is handling the Tropang Growee 2010 Interschool Karatedo Age-Group Championships set on Feb. 20 also at Gaisano Grand Citimall featuring more than 100 karatekas from all over Mindanao.

All of the three events are age-group competitions with medals and trophies up for grabs.

The organizers want to discover new and young potentials, which can represent Davao City to the national or international tournaments.

Judo will have 18 categories, while jiu jitsu has 20 and karatedo with 40.

“This is just a start of our plan to hold a Martial Arts Festival in Davao. We want to show our unity from different sports,” said Tan, who is a former national team member.

Evangelista, on the other hand, said his company will also support the summer events in judo and karatedo under the Tropang Growee Sports Program.(pr)

DavNor’s AGR KIDS karatekas shine in GenSan

Team AGR KIDS of Davao del Norte pocketed 13 medals including six golds, three of them by a promising Jessa Mae Ramos, in the recent Mayor Pedro B. Acharon Jr. Karatedo Cup in General Santos City.

The team, coached by Ernesto Tacay, thus followed up its title conquest in the 2nd Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario Cup Mindanao-Visayas Karatedo Cup last June in Davao del Norte.

The 14-year old Ramos typified the strong showing by the talents under the AGR KIDS program of sports coordinator Anthony G. Del Rosario, with a harvest of three golds after ruling the 14-15 Kata and kumite and the 60-kg kumite.

Also winning golds are: Joyce Ramirez (14-15 kumite), Gee Valenzuela (12-13 kata), and Ely John Sucnaan (65-kg kumite). Lily Jean Dioganon (14-15 kumite) and Arjay Dinglasa (12-13 kumite) won silvers while Ritchel Prajes (8-9 kata), Anna May Tamayo (12-13 kumite), Ian Patrick Zulita (10-11 kumite), and Mat Zaldivar (14-15 kumite) were the bronze medal winners.

The team presented their medals to Del Rosario recently after arriving from Gen. Santos City.

“Davao del Norte is very proud of these kids. They are young but very promising. They are our future sports heroes. Thank you for giving us pride and joy,” said Del Rosario.

Albarico, Legazpina are SKC nominees for karatedo

Jeofrey Albarico and Daniza Dianne Legazpina are the nominees for karatedo to the 14th So Kim Cheng Sports Awards on July 22.
Albarico won the gold medal in the men’s 18 years old and above division of the 65-kilogram and above kumite during the SM National Karatedo Age-Group Championships on April 25 to 27 at the SM City Davao.
Legazpina also earned the nomination after winning a silver medal for Davao City in the girl’s 14 to 15 years old kumite class.
Rommel C. Tan, Davao City coordinator of the Philippine Karatedo Federation and chief instructor of the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao Chapter, made the nominations for consideration by the Davao Sports Council Inc. headed by Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, regional vice-president of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (Tatap).
The SKC Awards is organized to honor the outstanding performances of Davao athletes and the late sports leader, So Kim Cheng, the first president of the Sports Council and national head of Tatap.

Go Teng Kok to head karatedo federation?

This news is terrible.

I don’t know why they will allow this.

A sports association should be headed by a stakeholder, not somebody from out of nowhere.

What’s wrong with the Philippine Olympic Committee?

Damn, this is really crazy.

And please, don’t get me wrong again. I have nothing against Go Teng Kok.

All I know is that he is not a karatedo practitioner.

What is the feeling right now of karatedo regional director Ernesto “Erning” Tacay of Tagum and city commissioner Rommel Tan of Davao on this news?

Tan is new PKF Davao City coordinator

The Philippine Karatedo Federation has appointed long-time karateka Rommel C. Tan as new PKF Davao City coordinator.

His appointment was signed by PKF officer-in-charge Otto Antao of Zamboanga on March 12.

The new karatedo coordinator paid a courtesy call to Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, recently, at City Hall.

The PKF is a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee and Tan will be handling the karatedo concerns in Davao City and directly reports to PKF regional director Ernesto “Erning” Tacay of Tagum City.

Davao Province harvest 15 golds in RDR karatedo tourney

Davao Province harvested 15 gold medals to dominate the 1st Governor Rodolfo del Rosario Karatedo Tournament, Sunday, at the Tagum City Mini Park.

Davao Province bested 15 other provincial teams.

Gen.Santos City finished second over-all followed by Cagayan de Oro at third with four gold medals, and San Francisco-Agusan del Sur at fourth with two gold medals.

Jerick Duque opened Davao Province’s strong campaign with a gold medal win in the 8 to 9 years old class in boy’s kata and Gee Valenzuela quickly followed it up with a gold medal performance in the 10 to 11 years old class.

April Joy Caro gave Gen.Santos its first gold in the kumite’s 16 to 17 years old, 40-kilogram division by besting teammate Jemelyn Migullas. Valerie Villagracia ruled the 53-kilogram women’s kumete while Aralyn Montero won the women’s open weight kumete.

Raquel Abellana went home with the women’s kata gold medal for Gen.Santos but Davao Province continued its onslaught in the kumite events by taking the 8 to 9 years old boy’s kumite crown courtesy of Jerick Duque, Gee Valenzuela bagged the 10 to 11 years old, Kevin Isidro snatched the 12 to 13 years old title.

Davao Province also reaped the men’s open weight kumite title with Zamel Catiben emerging champion, Abraham Castanares took the 55-kilogram and under, Juven Capala bagged the 60-kilogram and under.

Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) Regional Director Ernesto “Erning” Tacay said that another big tournament is scheduled in April or May next year after Provincial Sports Coordinator Anthony del Rosario committed to support sports development especially the young athletes.