AAK Davao karatekas stay confident despite tough battles ahead in Milo-Malaysia Karate
Davao City's karatedo kids are ready to fight for the flag and for their city in the biggest karate tournament in Southeast Asia. Neil Bravo

DAVAO City’s karatedo kids from the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) will once again don the country’s tri-colors as they compete in the 17th Milo-Malaysia Karatedo Championships that opens on Friday.

AAK Davao head coach Rommel Tan is towing along last year’s gold medalists Jam Ramirez, Darlene Maramara, JP Ponce and wonder kid Atsuko Kaiyel Tan. Also competing is the vastly improved Sophie Agulo and rookie Christian Tarnate.

The team represents various schools in Davao City. Ramirez, Ponce and Tarnate are from Davao Precious International School, Maramara from Davao City National High School, Tan from Davao City Christian School and Agulo from the University of the Immaculate Conception.

Tan is confident the team can bring home some medals, although he refused to make any concrete predictions.

“Every year the competition gets tougher so we cannot say if we are in good position to win gold medals but we will be there to fight for the flag and for Davao City,” Tan said.

The team’s participation is supported by the AAK Davao parents group and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) through Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Jr.

Over 600 participants from 300 international clubs from different countries are taking part in the annual event considered the biggest karatedo tournament in Southeast Asia.

The tournament will be staged at the Stadium Badminton Cheras in Kuala Lumpur from Saturday to Sunday.

Registration of athletes will be on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. also at Stadium Badminton Cheras.

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