DAVAO CITY, Aug. 2011 (PNA) – The Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao will continue with its program in karate and will stay out of politics to improve and win more medals and honors for Davao City and the country, said AAK Davao branch chief and head instructor Rommel Tan.

“We will stay out of politics to go a notch higher,” Tan said during a press conference held here Tuesday evening.

Also present at the weekly public sports program were sponsors RMH, Beefit Gym, Philippine Sports Commission, High Ponds Resort, Yellow Gate, Genesis 88 and the Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, with Adidas Martial Arts Festival gold medalist Arthur “Chino” Lao III (boys’ 14-15 kata) and silver medal winner Rick Aquino (boys’ 6-8 kata).

“I’m satisfied with my students and I would like to thank the support of their parents,” said Tan, who was accompanied by his assistant coach and instructor Dodong Bacalla.

Tan also thanked the support from Kenneth Sai of Vantage Sports, LCI Inc., Beefit Gym and Aerobics and Rick’s Car Wash.

He said they are now preparing for another age-group competition set tentatively on August 29 here in Davao City as still part of the Kadayawan Festival.

“It will be a back-to-back martial art event with judo,” he said.

Invited to join are Bukidnon, General Santos City, Bacolod, SKO Cebu, AAK-La Salle, AAK-Ateneo de Manila and ASKA Cavite.

“We might also join another tournament in Manila next month,” Tan said. ■