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by PNA

Two Cordillera taekwondo jins will see action in the 3rd Asian Cadet Taekwondo Championship in Amman, Jordan July 22 to 23.

Baguio City’s Rama Chandra Liporada and childhood rival John Kim Pasion of La Trinidad, Benguet will fly to the Middle East, for possible slots in a world championship competition.

Liporada won the sparring gold in the junior male 51-kilogram class in the ASEAN Taekwondo Federation (ATF) Championships on May 4 to 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena, where 350 jins from Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines joined.

Mentored by national coach Dindo Simpao, the 16-year-old incoming grade 11 fighter of National University, formerly of the University of Baguio, showed technical prowess, scoring “at will” while evading every blow thrown at him by his opponents.

In his semi-finals match, the 5’8” tall Liporada swamped the 5’10” beanpole PhanTien Da of Vietnam, 20-3. In that match, Phan only managed to sneak in points via penalties against Liporada.

It was a lopsided finals win for the National University, standout as he claimed a 20-0 beating Vietnamese fighter, Huynh IeAnh Tri, in the finals. Huynh earlier nipped Liporada’s 6’0” compatriot, Kian Ashe, in the other semifinal match.

The ATF uses electronic personal scoring system. A hit scores when special socks used by the fighters come in contact with sensors lining the armor and headgear at the right amount of force.

In the 2015 edition of the Vietnam ATF, Liporada, a cadet in the 37-kilogram division, bagged the gold. He thanked grandmaster Sung Chon Hong, chief of the Philippine Taekwondo Association, for his success.

Three other Baguio fighters joined Liporada in the ATF with Izech Brian Edwin winning a bronze, his stablemates from Baguio Defenders Gym of Arnold Oglayon.

Pasion, meanwhile, took the silver in the ATF. The much bigger La Trinidad fighter at 64 kg, who was Liporada’s main rival growing up and from another gym here, also earned a slot in the Asian tournament in the Jordan capital.

Pasion, also an incoming grade 11 student, has been recruited by the University of Santo Tomas Golden Cubs. The two will see action in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines 82nd season.

 
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