17th Malaysian Milo Open Karatedo AAK Davao shines with 2 golds, 2 silvers and one bronze

TEAM Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao completed their stint with two golds, two silvers and a lone bronze medal at the close of the 17th Malaysian Milo Open Karatedo Championship held over the weekend at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Atsuko Kaiyel Tan and John Paul Ponce anchored AAK Davao’s gold medal haul winning it in the 6 to 7 years-old Girls Kata and the Boys 12 to 13 years-old Kumite, respectively.



Atsuko Kaiyel, from Davao Christian High and daughter of AAK Davao chief instructor Rommel Tan, had her gold medal run in the Girls 6 to 7 Kata besting Malaysian counterpart Khaira Nabinah in the Finals. Ponce, a student from Precious International School of Davao, on the other hand, won four fights during the Boys 12-13 years-old Kumite elimination round before routing his Indian counterpart in the finals on an impressive score at 10-3. Some 32 entries took part in this division.


AAK Davao Chief Instructor Rommel Tan and daughter Atsuko Kaiyel after winning the 6 to 7 years-old Kata gold medal.

Ponce along with Julian Ambrose Ramirez and Christian Gil Tarnate, all from Precious International School of Davao settled second place in the 14-15 years-old Male Kata next to team Indonesia at 2-3. They came strong onto the finals after a 5-0 score on top off team Sri Lanka.

Sofia Agullo from University of Immaculate Conception bagged her silver medal in the Girls Kumite next to her Malaysian counterpart in the finals. It was Agullo’s first stint in competing abroad as she came strong winning his first four fights in the elimination, winning over two Malaysians and two Indonesians for a trip to the finals.

AAK Davao’s lone bronze came from Darlene Ross Maramara of Davao Christian High in the Cadets Female Kata.

The tournament saw 12 countries – Iran, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, Syria and Malaysia. It had 28 international teams and 40 local squads with a total of 920 entries.

AAK chief instructor Rommel Tan thanked its supporters led by the Philippine Sports Commission through Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr., University of Immaculate Conception High School, Precious International School Of Davao ( Sir Miko Kwan and Mam Perla Kwan), Jay, Miguel and  sir Gerry Ramirez, AAAK Davao parents Edgar and Maethel Ponce, Dodong and Cristy tarnate, Rachelle and Doods Maramara, Jay and Joanne Ramirez, Ruth Agullo, Kathy and Cha Caoile, to his wife mikay , Dexter So, Jerson Tamayo, Daks  Yambao and the Davao City Sports Council.

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