July 16, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian

The Bravehearts Martial Arts Institute has emerged the overall champion in the 2nd National Taekwondo Championships, winning 80 gold, 80 silver, and 72 bronze medals.

The homegrown team bagged 37 gold medals in the individual poomsae, seven golds in the pair poomsae, one gold in the team poomsae, and 34 golds in kyorugi to lead the event held at the Benguet Sports Complex gym in Wangal, La Trinidad.

First runner-up was the Nueva Vizcaya Taekwondo Finals with 32-47-41 medal haul followed by the International Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) Philippines Las Piñas Branch with 16-9-6 medals.

The University of the Cordilleras jins, meanwhile, won 13-4-1 medals to settle for the third runner-up plum in the event attended by close to 650 taekwondo athletes from all over the country.

The participants competed in three categories: poomsae, sparring, and combat in the different age brackets during the event backed by the Samahang Taekwondo ng Pilipinas, Kombat Taekwondo Philippines and World Martial Sports. 

Other teams that participated during the event were the Apayao Warriors Taekwondo Club (Dragon Warriors Taekwondo Academy), Combat Taekwondo System, Courageous Martial Arts Training Center, Fidens Taekwondo Club, Hooves of Iron Taekwondo, Impact Taekwondo, JH Kim Singapore, and Kings Taekwondo Training Center.

Also present were Northern Warriors Taekwondo, Nueva Vizcaya Taekwondo Finals, Sta. Marcela Apayao Ebenezer Tigers Taekwondo Academy, Tabuk City Taekwondo Dynasty, Taekwondo Academy of Consolacion, United Taekwondo Academy International Philippines, and Legion Strikers Taekwondo Club. 

Tournament Manager Danrey Velo, who is also the head of the Bravehearts Martial Arts Institute, said the winners of the competition will have a chance to represent the country in upcoming international taekwondo competitions.