CAR wushu athletes rule online tourney
Wushu athletes from the Cordillera ruled the recently concluded Amazing Freestyle Performance Martial Arts National Online Championships held on Dec. 27.
The event was participated in by various wushu teams in the country as an avenue for the athletes to showcase their skills and talents, and to keep their competitive spirit especially during the pandemic.
Tournament manager and Southeast Asian Games wushu-sandagold medalist Jearome Calica said the event was held to introduce freestyle performance martial arts to Filipino fans.
Accent Wushu Team has emerged as the champion in group performance followed by Sablan National High School Kafagway Eagles of Benguet.
In the weapons form female category, Ghiel Rhaisa Figueras of Accent Wushu Team took the top spot followed by Jamaica Dawat of Sablan National High School (NHS) Kafagway Eagles.
Jovan Medallo of TrickStriker Action Academy ruled the male side of the weapons form followed by Jose Angelo Delos Trinos of Accent Wushu Team and Mikey Tiban of Kafagway MMA.
Zyra Bon-as of Max Fusion Fighters Camp topped the bare hands form female category followed by Aleca Dumseng of Accent Wushu Team and Reshie Claire Bagni of Sablan NHS Kafagway Eagles.
Top winner in the male side of bare hands category was Zebedee De Leon of Phil. Kamao MMA Association followed by Ranyag Quitasol of Accent Wushu Team and Juan Pablo Basilio of Elorde Gym Ortigas.
Bryan Olod served as the performers’ coordinator while Jan Philip Bacani served as the technical scoring consultant.
Calica, who founded the Performance Martial Arts Philippines, said aside from the entertaining martial arts, which was showcased during the event, their ultimate purpose is to create a strong but humble next generation of martial artists.
“In performance martial arts, athletes don’t fight each other. Their focus is to conquer their own limits and weaknesses. These are the character traits cultivated when training in this aspect of martial arts,” Calica said. – Ofelia C. Empian