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UPD Karate team wins 5th Okazaki Cup

(3rd from the right) Hiroyoshi Okazaki, a 7th dan
Blackbelt from the International Shotokan Karate
Federation (ISKF) Headquarters in Philadelphia,
U.S.A. and nephew of ISKF Chairman Teruyuki
Okazaki, joined the winning team members of the
UP Association of Karate in a photo session after
the tournament.

(February 20)— The UP Association of Karate (UPAK) members dominated the 5th Okazaki Cup International Karatedo Tournament held on February 12 at the Hero’s Hall in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The team, under the guidance of their sensei Brian Samson, a former Speech Communication student, bagged a total of nine medals with three gold, five silver and one bronze.

Michelle Marie Villamayor, a PhD student of the National Institute of Physics and a member of the Philippine National team of the Philippine Karatedo Federation-National Sports Association, Inc. (PKF-NSA, Inc.), won the gold medal for Kumite division while UPAK’s non-UP honorary members Ervin Urbiztondo and Lynn Margie Palis garnered two gold medals for the Intermediate Kata division’s male and female category, respectively.

Five silver medals were earned by Ramil Javier (BA Linguistics) for the Kumite division, Edric Adao (MS Marine Science) and Liafail Mondejar (BS Food Technology) for the Intermediate Kata division, and Raison D. Arobinto (MA Islamic Studies) and Athalia Charein Juan (BS Business Administration student) for the Novice Kata division.

Carlo Martin Ocampo (MS Chemistry) earned a bronze medal for the Novice Kata division.

The event was sponsored by the International Shotokan Karate Federation in coordination with Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez of San Fernando, Pampanga.  

UPAK is the only Karate organization in UPD that represents the university in various tournaments from all over the country. Its Karate Education System is provided by Karate Development Arts and Sports, recognized by the PKF-NSA, Inc. UPAK’s instructors are past members of the Philippine National Karate Team. —H.C.P.