The Philippine Arnis team came home victorious from their participation at the 2013 World Martial Arts Festival in Chungju, Korea, participated by 23 member countries and 27 martial arts teams last September 6-11.
At the 1st International Thang-ta Championship in the festival, Philippine team emerged as the overall champions of the tournament with four gold, five silver and four bronze.
Reg Geli took home the gold medal for the lightweight division in the women’s category; besting Hannah Donato who won 2nd place with a silver medal. Georgia Uy, on the other settled for the silver medal in the half lightweight division.
On the men’s side, Daniel Bernas grabbed the gold medal in the half-lightweight division, so as Allan Valencia in the heavyweight division.
Master Richard Gialogo and Master Ryan Gialogo dominated the half heavyweight division by finishing first and second.
In the middleweight division, Jeff Tan and Ryan Bermase only settled for a silver and bronze medal finish; so as John Donato and Jake Fragrante who won the silver and bronze medal, respectively, in the lightweight division.
Prior to the 1st International Thang-ta Champioship, The Philippine Arnis Team first participated in the 2nd Chungju Open Martial Spirit Masters Championship.
Ryan Bermase wold the bronze medal in the double-sword sparring category, while Ryan Bermase, Daniel Bernas, Xavier Garcia, Jeff Tan, and Allan Valencia on placed 4th place in the 5-man team long sword category.
The last tournament in the festival as the International Martial Arts Competition where the member teams competed by showcasing their own martial arts through exhibitions performed in front of judges, tourists, and the civilian audience.
The Philippine team only managed to grab a bronze in this tournament courtesy of Master Ryan Gialogo for his third place finish in the single-person weapons demonstration competition.
Daniel Bernas and Hannah Donato placed 5th in the two-person weapons demonstration; while John Donato and Reg Reyes made it to the top 10 in the empty hand demonstration competition.
The Philippine Arnis team also made it to the top 10 of the group exhibition category.
This World Martial Arts festival organized by World Martial Arts Union in partnership with UNESCO did not only stage martial arts tournaments, but also featured seminars and academic conferences discussing matters concerning further promotion and preservation of martial arts across the world.
Master Richard Gialogo, delegation head and vice president of WoMAU, participated in a conference among delegation heads where he was re-elected again as the vice president.
The delegation team, on the other hand, attended the 2013 World Martial Arts Academy International Congress where martial arts scholars gave talks on their efforts to preserve their own martial arts.
At this congress, Master Richard Gialogo made a presentation on the industrial aspect of martial arts. He also taught a Master’s Class on Arnis which was participated by foreign delegates and festival visitors. They were given a chance to learn the Philippine’s own martial art, with the assistance of the Philippine Arnis team delegates.
Photo Credit : Ryan Bermase