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JJS karatekas shine in nat’l karatedo tourney

May 21, 2009

22nd PKF National Championship awarding ceremony with RP karatedo player Noel Espinosa

22nd PKF National Championship awarding ceremony with RP karatedo player Noel Espinosa

Razhel Gee Mengullo captured the gold while Dante Jose Samonte III finished with a silver as the Jack & Jill School karatedo team, representing Bacolod City, displayed their skills during the May 6-10, 2009 Philippine Karatedo Feredation National Age-Group and Open Championship in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

Mengullo breezed through her first bout in the 10-11 girls’ kumite against a Zamboangeña foe, scoring roundhouse kicks to the body that earned her two points and kicks to the head for three additional points, to prevail in the cards, 5-1, and advanced to the next round.

Against a karateka from the National Capital Region in her second bout, Mengullo sneaked in three punches while the NCR entry scored a lone reverse punch for a 3-1 decision in favor of the Bacoleña jin.

The semifinals bout between Bacolod and Cebu ended 4-2 as Mengullo scored on two reverse punches and a roundhouse kick to the rib cage for four points while her Cebu opponent earned two points for two punches.

In the championship round, Mengullo and her Dagupan City rival proved to be equal in strength and skills as the score was tied, 3-3, after one minute and 45 seconds in the match.

A punch from Mengullo that found the abdomen of her foe before the game ends, earned the Bacoleña another point for a 4-3 victory.

Meanwhile, Samonte settled for the silver medal in boys’ 8 years old and below kata-advance after performing a “Jihon” kata or shotokan style.

The gold went to Cebu’s entry who performed a Shito-ryu and Shorin-ryu styles.

Also reaching the quarterfinals in the 8-9 years old girls’ kumite was JJS karateka Jasmine Claire Veniegas who hurdled her first bout against NCR after the latter was slapped with a disqualification due to excessive blows to the face of the Bacoleña.

Veniegas, however, failed to advance to the semis after losing to her counterpart from General Santos City, 2-4.*Nida A. Buenafe/Visayan Daily Star

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Jack and Jill School rules NOPSSCEA karatedo events

September 29, 2008

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With 12 gold medals in elementary boys and girls’ events, Jack & Jill School secured the overall championship crown in the NOPSSCEA elementary Karatedo that ended yesterday at the high school covered court of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City.

James Inno Guanzon, team captain of JJS-PHHC campus, ruled the boys’ 12-13 years old kata and kumite category for his two-gold finish, duplicating his feat in the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival Visayas recently held in Dumaguete.

Aside from being captain of the JJS-PHHC karatedo team, the six-grader Guanzon is also a Junior Black Belt.

Taking the winning cue from their team captain, Dante Samonte took the gold in boys’ 7-below kata while teammate Andrew Sepico topped the kumite category for the Randy Mengullo-mentored JJS karatedo team.

In the boys’ 8-9 years old, JJS-PHHC’s Aaron Andrei Lubrico won the gold in kata while USLS-IS’ Jan Gabriel Sobrevega won in the kumite.

Niall Mabaquiao gave the host team another gold in 10-11 years old kata while the top honor in kumite went to Rolin Hundana of JJS-PHHC.

In the girls’ competition, Jasmin Veniegas took the gold in 7-below while Adrea Sepico and Johaina Magbanua reigned in 8-9 years old kata and kumite, respectively.

In the 10-11 years old contest, Gerrine Perez of JJS/Castleson took the gold in kata while Rhazel Gee Mengullo of JJS-PHHC topped the kumite event.

Shayne Libre won another gold for JJS-PHHC in girls’ 12-13 years old kata while Leanne Lorayna gave St. Scholastica’s Academy its lone gold in karatedo by ruling the kumite division.

JJS karatedo team with coaches Randy Mengullo and Elan Delfin

JJS karatedo team with coaches Randy Mengullo and Elan Delfin

Meanwhile, in high school boys’ events, Castleson’s Janlee Casquejo, coached by Elan Delfin, won the gold in 15-16 years old division while teammate Celestino Aranata made his golden mark in 17-18 years old competition.

Kenneth Moises of La Consolacion College-Bacolod topped the kata contest while John Ray Condes of Megumi ruled the 13-14 years old event.

In the battle for karatedo supremacy in the collegiate level, USLS’ Roselle Dullan reigned in women’s kata and kumite to bag two gold medals while teammate Gerardo Wenceslao dominated the men’s kumite. LCC-Bacolod’s Michael Robin Lizares won the men’s kata gold.

The USLS team was mentored by Joy Sobrevega and Mario Lizares.*Nida A. Buenafe/Visayan Daily Star

Martial Arts showdown a success

March 5, 2008

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Jack and Jill Schools and Castleson High of Homesite, City Heights and Victorias City held the Martial Arts Showdown 2005 on February 11 at the BAYS Center, Bacolod City.

The event was participated in by members of the Union of Martial Arts Organization of Negros and Bacolod, spearheaded by JJS/Castleson High Founder and President Cecilia Del Castillo-Lopez and UMA-ONEBA president Emilio Alimon, Jr.

Sensei Elan and Sensei Randy in action

Sensei Elan and Sensei Randy in action

Also instrumental to the success of the event were Randy Mengullo, organizing chairman, and Gelianne Esteron, student Council President. The Martial arts Organization is composed of different martial arts groups.

These include groups from arnis, wushu, kickboxing, aikido, karate,tangsodo and judo club.

The occasion also showcased the karate kids exhibition and brick breaking techniques.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Rep. Monico Puentevella attended the youth oriented affair. Sun Star Bacolod

Lessons Learned in Our Karate Class

March 5, 2008

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Kicks, punches, blocks and bows–these develop physical skills and self-discipline and strengthen one’s character.

That’s what karate is all about. It is a subject that requires toughness but become the most favorite subject and sports in Jack and Jill School. At an early age of 6, we are required to attend karate class under sensei Randy Mengullo as part of the school curriculum.

Thrilling, difficult but exciting–that’s our karate period. Proper punches and kicks are scored. It is your bad day if you receive a hit from an opponent during training but you get your lucky day, too, when praised by the teacher ad you realize that “It’s not how you win or lose but how you played the game that counts”.

Muscle pains are usual after effects. And one’s day is not complete if he fails to improve techniques as he joins the sparring session.

Jack & Jill School Karate Dojo in Bacolod City

Jack & Jill School Karate Dojo in Bacolod City

Constant training and self-discipline are highly required ofus because we also believe that “what we sow, we reap”. That’s is why, we became achievers in karate, like during the recent tournament sponsored by ATLETA-Philippine National Police on September 8. Participated in by different clubs and school in Western Visayas. Our School earned a gold medal in kata (forms) through Rodolfo Torrato Jr. and kumite (sparring0 through Krizia Vinzon and Ann Margaret Apostol. The school also earned three silver and five bronze medals.

The beauty of it all is while we are trained to protect ourselves, we have the opportunity to achieve something. In our young minds, karate plays an important role. But while we may win, we do not boast; our feet stay firm on the ground. That’s what we learn in our karate class. That’s how we are trainedin school.STARLIFE Sunday/Young Lives: Lauren Lynn Cavile 

Karate Team hauls POF Medals

March 5, 2008

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Karatekas carrying the colors of Jack & Jill School in Bacolod City bagged a total of 10 medals in the Philippine Olympic Festival (POF) Visayas leg hosted by Iloilo Province last September 12-14, 2007.

Leading the Gold Medalists was James Inno Guanzon of Grade 5-Gem who topped the boys’ 10-11 years old category kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).

Also winning the gold medalists were Rhazel Gee Mengullo (girls’ 8-9 kata), John Blisse Del Castillo (boys’ 8-9 kumite) and Aaron Andrei Lubrico (boys’ 8-9 kata).

Phillippine Olympic Festival Visayas Karatedo Champion

Phillippine Olympic Festival Visayas Karatedo Champion

Mengullo, a bronze winner in the 20th Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) National Open, also wonthe kumite silver in her category, while Seth Jego Balibalos and Lubrico settled for second and third, behind Del Castillo.

Other Negros Occidental Karatedo Federation (NOKAF) members who joined the JJS squad were PKF national gold medalist Leanne Lorayna and Kristina Graziella Celiz from St. Scholastica’s Academy; JJS alumnae Crissa Mae Mationg and Jorizza Mai Garcia of St. Joseph’s School-La Salle also topped the girls’ age-group categories.

The winning karatekas together with coaches, sensei Randy Mengullo and Elan Delfin, will Advance in the national finals in Manila, Philippines. UP THE HILL/Volume 8 no. 1, S.Y.2007-2008: Ariene Marie Angelu Coronado & Mikaela Tan.