Davao’s Kaiyel Tan bags 2 golds in SM-AAK Super Karate Kids Cebu

So Kim Cheng Athlete of the Year Atsuko Kaiyel Tan once again proved her prowess in her field as the young Karateka from the AAK (Association for the Advancement of Karatedo) Davao bagged two gold medals in the recently concluded SM-AAK Super Karate Kids Age Group Tournament at the SM Seaside in Cebu last weekend.

Tan, the eldest daughter of AAK-Davao branch chief and head coach Rommel C. Tan, also a hall of fame So Kim Cheng sports awardee went home with the gold in the 6-8 years old girls kata and kumite events beating her respective rivals in the tournament which was participated by a total of 300 players and 14 teams including those from Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Cebu, other parts of the Visayas region and the feared SM Megamall AAK team.
‘Again I’m very happy with her performance. She has really improved over time and I expect her to develop her skills some more in the coming years,’ Tan said of her daughter who is currently enrolled at the Davao Christian High School.

Also winning medals in their own categories were, Sam Cartagena with the silver in the boys 12-14 years old kata, Jannah Ramirez for the girls kata 15 years old and up, Lanz Banda with the silver for the boys 9-11 kata event and the bronze for the boys 10-11 kumite, Jam Ramirez with the bronze for the boys 16-17 kumite, Vinz Banda for the bronze in the boys kata 15 and up and Darlene Mara-Mara with the bronze in the 16-18 years old girls kumite.
Once again, the huge tournament began with a technical seminar and training camp last May 12, which was handled by former PHL team member and AAK veteran karateka Sonny Montalvo.

Meanwhile, Tan extended his utmost appreciation for the sponsors who made their participation to the event possible namely, Jay and Joanne Ramirez, Vic and Olive Banda, Jas Perez, Richard Lu and Sharon Cartagena of the AAK Davao parents group. (pr)

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