AUK bags 18 gold medals in Hakuakai International Karate Championships

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital | April 27,2021 - 03:16 PM

Enzo Nirel Hipulan wins the gold medal in the boys 14-15 intermediate kata of the recent 4th Annual Hakuakai International Karate Championships E-Kata & E-Fantom Kumite. | Photo from Rhodee Antoinette Saavedra via Glendale Rosal

CEBU CITY, Philippines—One of Cebu’s vaunted karate-do team, the Association for the Upliftment of Karate-Do (AUK) put on a sterling performance in the recent 4th Annual Hakuakai International Karate Championships E-Kata & E-Fantom Kumite held last April 24 to 25, 2021. 

The online karate-do tournament drew karate-do clubs from the Philippines, South Borneo, Iraq-Kurdistan, Macau-China, Indonesia, Canada, Sweden, India, and Nepal.

The AUK karatekas of Rhodee Antoinette Saavedra, the founder and chief instructor of the team, showcased their might by snagging a total of 18 gold medals along with 11 silver medals and five bronze medals. 

They topped the medal tally followed by Maharlika Karate-do Kai of the Philippines International (9-7-8), and Region 02 Karate-do Organization (9-5-4).

AUK’s gold medaul haul was headed by Enzo Nirel Hipulan, who dominated the boys 14-15 years old intermediate kata, the 15-17 years old boys open kata, and boys E-fantom kumite. 

Joy Devila and Alexis Nicole Villacarlos also scored double gold medals in their respective categories. 

Devila topped the boys 18-years old and above novice kata and the 18-above boys intermediate E-fantom kumite.

Villacarlos won her double gold medals in the 12-13 years old girls intermediate kata and the 12-14 years old girls intermediate E-fantom kumite. 

The rest of the team’s gold medalists are Corine Benedict Sipalay (8-9 y.o. girls novice kata), Guilliane Aliafhaye Roque (10-11 y.o. girls novice kata), Kelly Alexandrei Trocio (12-13 y.o. girls novice kata), Melody Jane Lubas (18 y.o. and above girls novice kata), Lance Raphael Ogoc (8-9 y.o. boys novice kata), Lord Anthony Dumanlag (16-17 y.o. boys novice kata),  Roshenne Maira Silva (14-15 y.o. girls Intermediate kata), Trisha Jean Ogoc (12-13 y.o. girls advance kata), Guilliane Aliafhaye Roque (9-11 y.o Intermediate E-Fantom Kumite), Rik Simon Macaya (12-14 y.o. boys intermediate E-Fantom Kumite), and Trexie Joy Ogoc (12-14 y.o. girls advance E-fantom Kumite). 

Before their 18-gold medal haul in the international karate championships, the AUK karatekas tallied a 4-8-8 (gold-silver-bronze) finish in the Manuel Veguillas International Karate Cup E-Kata & E-Fantom Kumite last April 10.


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