The young karatekas of the Bacolod City-based Philippine Shotokan Karate Institute-Karate Fighting System (PSKI-KFS) collected 16 gold medals, 12 silvers, and 10 bronzes during the 4th Cong. Greg Gasataya National Invitational Karate Championship held over the weekend at SM City Bacolod.
The PSKI-KFS fighters made their mark in the 13-Under age group, where they emerged as champion, while finishing second runner-up in the overall standing behind champion AUK from Cebu City and first runner-up SKI-Mandaue City.
RNKA-Bacolod secured the third runner-up spot to complete the list of winners.
The PSKI-KFS karatekas displayed their skills under the guidance of head coach Sensei Eland Delfin, coaches Senpai Gerrine Kaye Perez and Senpai Ferlie Mael Lall, and chief instructor Sensei Randy Mengullo.
The gold medalists of the club in the girls’ category were Nichole Margarette Piamonte, Paulaine Miyu Kalaw, Zainina Issa Monares, Merliah Gerafil, Breanna Parpa, Faith Angeli Bandoy, Denisse Martina Atesora, and Gwyneth Li.
Piamonte was a double gold winner in 12-13 years old intermediate kata and kumite while Kalaw won a gold and silver in 8-9 years old kumite and advance kata. Monares also took home a gold and silver in 6-7 years old novice kata and kumite while it was gold and bronze of Gerafil in 6-7 years old kumite and kata.
Bandoy was gold medalist in 8-9 years old newbie kata, Atesora won the gold in 10-11 years old novice kata, and Li, gold medalist in 14-15 years old (-54kgs.) kumite.
PSKI-KFS gold medalists in the boys’ category were Carlo Barias, Jiroh Dela Cruz, Jei Miguel Sebastian Pineda, Kian Celiz, Gene Agsam, Zohann Francis Kalaw, and Cziane Cedric Dawa.
Baria won the gold in intermediate kata and advance kata, while along with Kalaw and Dawa, topped the team synchronized kata event.
The PSKI-KFS boys dominated three events in newbie kata with Dela Cruz topping the 7 years old category, Pineda the 8-9 years old division, and Celiz the 10-11 years old age group.
Agsam was gold medalist in 10-11 years old novice kata while Kalaw delivered a bronze medal to the team in intermediate kata. Dawa also won a bronze in 8-9 years old boys’ kumite.
The PSKI-KFS silver medalists were Andrea Camelli Calseña, Akysha Glenne Servano, and Kurtney Dionela in the girls’ category and Angelou Gabriel Lautrizo, Timothy Ledesma, Joshua Oberio, Josh Nigel Perlas, Gurjot Singh Grewal, Ymra Alcantara, and Victor Rones V in the boys’ division.
Bronze medalists were Adah Keira Gorriceta, Cenon Vicente, Chahatjot Singh, Nheil David Engada, and Kire Gabriel Samulde.
PSKI-KFS team members Renjiro Parpa, Conrado Deriada III, and Fedee Don Jerry Alisoso reached the quarter-finals.
The tournament drew participation from 18 teams nationwide.*
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