Last May 18, 2019. I arrived with Senpai Christopher in Terminal 4, Manila Airport. Our journey was to participate the Karate tournament. At noon, we visited World So-Kyokushin Karate Philippines Head Branch in BF Homes, Robinsons, Paranaque City.
There, I take part in the afternoon training to learn more under Sensei Otah. Together with Senpai Rene, Senpai Christopher and me, we learn new technique and instruction given by sensei Otah. He is a good teacher and pure Japanese.
In the the left is Senpai Christopher, followed by Sensei Otah, me and Senpai Renren.
It is my 2nd visit and a preparation for the tournament next day.
On May 19, we are excited with the event and prepare ourselves as the ceremony begin @ 9 am. We initiate by presenting ourselves in the Dojo(training place). There 96 fighters including 4 from Japan.
Win or lose does not matter for me, as long as I perform well and give the best I could in the fight. We begin with some formal short speech from the sponsor and judges. We listen and obey the rules and regulation.
After the opening ceremony, I prepare myself and do the best I could. My fight begin in the afternoon after the kids, woman and teenager division. I fight under senior division. My opponent was a last year champion in WSKKarate Philippine. I stood as a amateur challenger. Trying to perform better. My intention to participate in these event was not to merely fight. It was a way for me to overcome fear. My greatest weakness of all. The fear that seems to block my mind and freeze my body. Somehow, I manage to step into the fighting place and set my decision to fight well, to fight with honor and respect my opponent.
It was a great battle, senpai was indeed strong and specialize his brazillian kick that somehow run down hit my left neck. But worst was my body, my ribs which was not seem to recover after the last fight 2017 and the last April 7, promotion belt event where I spar senpai Christopher and Sensai Renren. I couldn't breath when I got hit and felt tired. However, I push myself further to test myself as a fighter.
In the end of the match, I lost and Senpai Tom won. I did not regret because did not think about winning. My focus was to fight at my best rate and try as much as possible survive in a fight. I am thankful for being able to battle him in a fight. It was exhausting but a blessed experience to me. In the end, I earned my certificate as a strong fighter participating in the tournament 2019.
Aside from that, I am thankful to my mentor and supervisor in Karate, Senpai Renren for being able to win 2nd runner up. He represent Iligan Dojo while me, I represent Maco. But both of us were from Mindanao and proud to represent Mindanao. Senpai Renren at least brought a trophy for winning and I'm proud of him.
It was all worth it. And we all gave our thanks to our Sensei Rowelter for accepting and making us a big part for World So-Kyokushin Karate Philippines. I am also proud with my mentor before Ms. Honey Baac for winning in Woman's division. She mentor me in sparring before when I was just a white belt.
I am proud of her. I guess she has a lot of trophy in Karate. She is indeed my good friend and mentor.
At the end of the program, I made good friends with my opponent Senpai Tom and other KarateKas.
Senpai Christopher also receive his certificate as official sport-coordinator. And spend good time taking picture with the Japanese fighter. Osu!
So, our journey was all worth it and we owe it to ourselves. I was given the privilege and am thankful for being a trainer and at the same time training myself in Karate.
Karate is not taught to be sporty only. Karate is taught us to test ourselves and our discipline to honor, respect and thankful to others. The friendship we created in the event was just a beginning or a pave way for us to strongly support Karate. Always remember, KARATE is not a sport but a WAY of LIFE. Osu!