FIVE junior karatekas from Cebu made their presence felt in two international E-Kata tournaments.
Mia Tariman of Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City bagged three gold medals in the Kihon (basic forms) and Kata (advance forms) Beginners category in the 1st Okinawa E-Tournament held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8, 2020.
The eight-year-old Tariman, a student of Maria Montessori International School, won her three gold medals in the Under-10 Kihon, Under-12 Kihon and Under-10 Kata.
Julienne Ramille Rama from Barangay Pahina-Central had her share of the limelight as she captured a gold medal in the Under 12 Kihon Mix Boys and Girls category and two silver medals in the Under-14 Kata mix category and Under-12 Kata for Girls in the same event.
Rama, 10, is a student of Cebu Eastern College in Cebu City.
Tariman and Rama are karatekas under the Sports Karatedo Organization (SKO) based in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City. SKO led by chief instructor Jess Paredes also secured third place in the overall ranking of the 1st Okinawa E-Tournament.
Prior to the October tournament, Janine Narboada gave SKO two silver medals from the Under-14 and Under-16 divisions in the third and final leg of the Shureido World Series E-Kata competition on Sept. 16 to 25.
Joshua, Narboada’s younger brother and fellow SKO member, also took third place in the Under 12 Kata category of the same competition, while Rose Mabelle Seares also took silver in the seniors’ female Kata category.
Paredes said he was happy with the results of the two tournaments especially in Tariman and Rama’s achievement since they are both new to the e-Kata scene.
Paredes said that he’s glad that his students still have the passion to compete despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (JKV)