AAK Davao hauls four golds in SM-Milo Super Karate Kids tourney

TEAM AAK (Association for the Advancement of Karatedo)- Davao finished their title campaign in style winning four golds and a lone silver medal at the close of the 17th edition of the SM-Milo Super Karate Kids National Invitational Championships held last weekend at the SM BF Homes Paranaque.

Bannered by players from University of Immaculate Conception, AAK Davao’s medal haul came from Kyzzhia Pauline Navarro who had two, winning the Kata Intermediate (9-11 years-old girls) and Double Kumite Class (9-11 years-old). Christopher John Cagandahan also had a golden performance in the Novice Kata while his elder brother John Philip wrap-up AAK Davao’s gold medal count winning the Novice Kata event for the 9-11 years-old.

Christopher John as joined by Seth Michael Navarro wound-up its silver in the Doubles Kumite event of the 9-11 years-old class losing to highly-financed Manila Shitoryu Karate (MASK).

“We only had four entries for this tournament and I’m happy with the turnout. Not bad. The tournament had a total of 22 teams with 200 plus participants,” said AAK Davao chief instructor Rommel Tan.

Tan recently won the Coach of the Year award in the 22nd So Kim Cheng Foundation Sports Awards night which also had students John Paul Ponce and Atsuko Kaiyel Tan winning the male and female Athletes of the Year honors.

AAK Davao-UIC’s campaign was also supported by their sports coordinator Aladin Saldua and UIC Karatedo Club coach Mardi Albarico.

Other teams which saw action in the competition saw AAK SM MegaMall, Jose Rizal University, St. Paul Pasig, De La Salle Zobel, Arjukaa-Caloocan, ASKA, Shitokai Philippines, Philippine Karatedo Federation, PKL Laguna, AAK Batangas, Black Panther Batangas, PKL Cavite and Hayashiha Philippines.

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