3 Cebuanos win gold, 2 bronze medals in World Vovinam tilt

THREE Cebuanos reaped one gold medal and two bronze medals in the recently concluded 6th World Vovinam Championships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last December 16 to 22, 2019.

Kirstine Baguio of Vovinam Lapu-Lapu City secured the lone gold medal for the three-man Philippine contingent to the yearly martial arts championships.

Baguio secured the gold medal in the Women's 63 kilograms Dhoi Kang (Sparring).

Last year, Baguio bagged the gold medal in the women's Thap Tu Quyen (Forms) and the bronze medal in the Women's 54 kg Dhoi Kang during the 5th Southeast Asian Vovinam Championships in Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar.

Aside from Baguio, fellow Cebuanos Jaysa Anna Gabuya and Cedric Bolneo also secured two bronze medals, particularly in 48 kgs Dhoi Kang and Long Stick Quyen (Forms), respectively.

During last year's SEA Vovinam championships, Bolneo finished silver in the men's 72 kgs Dhoi Kang.

It was also the first time that the Philippines participated in the Vovinam championships. ever first ever participation in the World Championship. Vovinam will be an event in 31st SEA Games in Hanoi in 2021.

Vovinam is the national martial art and sport of Vietnam and is a SEA Games sport.

It involves the use of different skills like striking, scissoring techniques and throwing. It also trains its practitioners on different weapons like the long staff, straight sword, and broad sword.

Although it is still not that popular in the Philippines, it is widely practiced in Europe, Africa and some Asian countries. In the Philippines, the first Vovinam school was established in Cebu City under the guidance of Master Quy Tran, a Filipino-Vietnamese Vovinam expert. (PR)