DLSU Poomsae team clinches another podium finish


The De La Salle University’s Taekwondo Poomsae team, led by Coach JP Sabido, maintained a podium finish but fell short of last year’s second place finish in the overall medal standing this year, with one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. UST reclaimed the first place spot, while UP slid to second place in the tournament which took place in Blue Eagle Gym earlier today.

Showcasing an impeccable performance of accuracy, elegance and strength, Rinna Babanto remained unbeaten in the Women’s individual division since last year, with 0.85 point advantage. While her male counterpart, Mc Avyngr Alob, with 8.22 points, nabbed the bronze medal against Dustin Mella of UP and Rodolfo Reyes Jr of UST. For the mixed pair competition, the veteran duo, Rinna Babanto partnering with Raphael Mella, garnered 8.33 total score in the final round and owned the second place in the competition. Although the Women’s team failed to exhibit domination in the competition, the male category composed of Raphael Mella, Mc Avyngyr Alob, and Alfritz Arevalo, put an assault by landing in the final round and also contributed the bronze in the men’s team competition.

Two years since Poomsae was included in the UAAP Sports events, DLSU has revealed an immense improvement and they are continuously revealing the fruits of their meticulous training to master the art of Poomsae. With the discipline and power of each member, the future remains bright for the DLSU Poomsae team.

DLSU Jins take to the mats for the second day

After taking a break from the opening day of the UAAP Taekwondo Championships, the men and women of the DLSU Jins started out strong as they entered the mats yet again. Both facing teams deemed as powerhouses in one of their two matches for the day, both the Green and Lady Jins showed their skills and passion in the second day of the UAAP Taekwondo championship.

Green Jins

Entering the mats for since their defeat at the hands of UE, the Green Jins were quick to to take the offensive against their FEU as they quickly lead 2-0. this lead, however, would not last long as a resurgent FEU nearly gave the Green Jins the scare. Despite their effort to close the lead and to take the lead 2-3, FEU still proved lacking as the DLSU would quickly snap back to win with a close 4-3.

Finishing the 2nd day of the UAAP Taekwondo Championships, the Green Jins were more than ready to face the powerhouse team of UST. Despite the losses of DLSU’s Kyle Arsenal (3-7), Fritz Arevalo (1-6), and Kyle Uy (5-6), the efforts of team captain Pogs Jazmines (8-2), John Canizares (9-4), Benjamin Sembrano (9-3), and Karl Delos Santos (8-4) proved to be more than enough to defeat the incumbent champions.

Lady Jins

Fresh from their twin victories form the opening day, the DLSU Lady Jin entered the mats with confidence against their Atenean counterpart. Their opening match, however, did not seem to go smoothly as a great number of technical glitches coupled with faulty equipments put both teams to the edge and saw both sides complaining as well as resulting in Ateneo’s head coach spewing profanities aplenty. Despite all the trouble in equipments that resulted in numerous phantom kicks particularly in the early matches of DLSU’s Cleio Bañez (defeated in golden score match) and Lovely Avaceña (5-6) as well as calls that went against Apriel Solimen (3-4), the Lady Jins would successfully pull off a dramatic comeback to win 4-3 against ADMU through the hands of Shanelle Romuar (10-3) Camille Bonje (16-2), Paola Amon (16-0) and Gabrielle Yunchingtat (3-1).

Ending the day for the Lady Jins was the match against UE who similar to the Lady Jins stands undefeated. Despite giving it their all, the Lady Jins followed the footsteps of their male counterpart during the opening day. Despite giving it their all, the Lady Jins all fell one by one with the sole exception of team captain Paola Amon who stood as the lone victor to deny UE a sweep.

Both the Green and Lady Jins are set to take to the mats for the last time for this year’s UAAP Taekwondo Championship this coming Thursday.

Poomsae jins manifest progress in snaring silver


“Rising like a phoenix,” this is one way of describing the amazing performance put up by the DLSU Poomsae team during the final day of the UAAP Taekwondo Tournament last September 18 at the San Juan Arena. Presenting the perfect blend of discipline, grace and excellent execution, the team showed that although they ended up fifth last year, they are still more than ready to steal the championship as they were simply bested by UP by a mere .13 points in aggregate score this year–used as a tiebreaker due to similar medal hauls of two golds, two silvers and one bronze.

Stunning the enemy

The Taft based poomsae squad quickly stunned the competition by delivering an award-winning performance during the beginning of the day. Although only grabbing a bronze in the individual men’s division as he succumbed to UST and UP, Raphael Mella heralded the near dominance to be exhibited by the much improved team under the guidance of Coach Jean Pierre Sabido who is currently a member of the Philippine National Team.

Under his training which Coach Sabido reveals to put an emphasis on mental training and discipline, the DLSU Poomsae team began denying the UST squad of the Poomsae sweep they were able to pull off last year. Beginning the assault was rookie Rinna Babanto who claimed DLSU’s first gold of the day for her performance in the women’s individual division as she shut down both UST and FEU as well as its only silver along with Raphael Mella in the mixed pairs division behind UST and trailed UP. Raphael went on to win DLSU’s second and last gold medal along with Justine Andal and Sidney Lopez in the men’s team division.

Room for improvement

While successfully exerting a force difficult to contend with, the DLSU Poomsae team is not without weakness. Although claiming a medal in most of the poomsae division, lack of players in their disposal took its toll on the team in the women’s team division composed of dedicated poomsae players Rinna Babanto, Kristi Hernandez, and sparring player Cleio Banez who was the only one to fail to place in the top three. Asking about the reason behind it, Coach Sabido explains that it was brought out by the lack of poomsae players which forced him to also train the latter in the art of poomsae, further explaining about the difference between the two, he shares “poomsae needs at least a year to master with a team, we weren’t able to do that while the other teams did”. He expressed his hopes that come next year his aim to have a full line up of dedicated poomsae players to finally grab UP’s championship will be realized.

Photos of the UAAP 77 Poomsae Taekwondo Tournament can be viewed by clicking the link below:

UAAP 77 Poomsae Taekwondo Photos

Green and Lady Jins: Fighting until the very end


“Podium finish”, this is what DLSU Taekwondo Assistant Coach Alberto Morfe was heard hoping for both the DLSU Green and Lady Jins after witnessing one of many controversial calls that finally ended La Salle’s dominance of the UAAP Taekwondo tournament. Sadly, however, it seemed that the heavens once again had different plans as the Green Jins were denied the podium finish they were hoping for as they slipped to fourth while the Lady Jins were once again able to enter the top three spot by climbing to second place at the end of the UAAP Taekwondo tournament last September 16.

Heart of Passion

Although failing in their quest for a repeat championship, the DLSU Green Jins proved that they are still a team worthy being watched. Exhibiting an unyielding mettle in the face of numerous controversial calls that cost them their tragic defeat, the Green Jins fought bravely regardless of the outcome.

The team’s first assignment for the day was none other than UST who comfortably sat in first place with an undefeated record. The DLSU Jins were pushed to their limits as they gave their all to try and knock the league leader of its perch, sadly however, that was not the case as certain crucial matches, specifically Kyle Uy’s and Gerry del Rosario’s matches were lost due to strikes that failed to merit an approved point of contention from Head Coach Roberto Cruz and Assistant Coach Morfe. The UST crowd’s celebration was, however silenced in one final act of redemption by none other then DLSU’s Kris Uy who fought which such ferocity that his opponent had nothing else to do but endure repeated blows to the head to end the DLSU-UST match with a loss.

The match against third place UE was a similar story as it too was filled with numerous erroneous calls and fouls specifically the uncalled hits to the shin of Gerry del Rosario who bravely continued to finish his match albeit being barely capable of walking. The loss against UE resulted in the Green Jins crashing all the way to 4th behind NU who we tied against, but ultimately lost to due to the win over the other rule of the Tournament.   Regardless of the loss, however, many of the Green Jins finished with a medal for their performances. Kirk Barbosa, Kevin Sia, Jay Licayan, Pogs Jazmines, and Gerry del Rosario who all took home a bronze, Kris Uy bagged silver and Season 75 Rookie of the Year Benjamin Sembrano captured the team’s only gold.

Driven to Improve

While more fortunate than their men’s counterpart, the Lady Jins did go through some rough waves as well as they were able to improve their fourth place standing from last year to a second place finish this year.

Contrary to the difficulty faced by the Green Jins in their match against UE, the Lady Jins proved to have been more than what the UE Lady Jins bargained for as they drove full speed ahead to finish their match at a 6-1 win leaving UE winless this year.

The match against league leader UP , however, was a complete opposite of their earlier match as the DLSU Lady Jins suffered a hard 5-2 defeat against the UP Lady Jins to land fourth. That placing, however, did not last long as FEU’s win over UST placed them along with DLSU in a triple way tie wherein the Lady Jins won over the other two by more number of individual matches won. The good news did not stop for the Lady Jins as they too took home numerous medals. Apriel Solimen, Paola Amon and Gabrielle Yuchingtat each brandished a bronze, Cleio Banez and Farah Regis were awarded bronze and Camille Bonje certainly has a season to remember with a gold along with the Rookie of the Year award under her belt.

Preparing for War

With the end of the UAAP Taekwondo tournament comes the beginning of the UAAP Poomsae  Tournament to be held tomorrow at the San Juan Arena. Poised to break UST’s dominance in the newly created event, Coach Jean Pierre Sabido shares that he is more than confident that the DLSU’s poomsae squad will deny the Thomasians of the sweep they pulled off last year as he expects at least two gold from the possible five gold medals up for grabs.  While acknowledging than not all the UAAP universities acknowledge the importance of the poomsae tournament, only  DLSU, UST , UP, and FEU currently have poomsae coaches, they  are more than ready for any surprises any other teams might pull off.

Photos can be viewed by clicking the link below:

UAAP Taekwondo Tournament Day 3 Photos


UAAP Taekwondo First Week Recap


Taking the mats once again last September 9, the DLSU Green Jins are in precarious position of defending their championship against what their team captain, Gerry del Rosario, defined as a levelled playing field as they are currently sitting in second place behind number one contender UST. Similar to position of their male counterparts, the DLSU Lady Jins’ task of reacquiring their Season 75 championship title after last year’s dismal fourth place finish is also looking to have slowed as they too are currently sitting in second behind a reenergized UP squad.

First Day Blitz

The Green and Lady Jins started off their campaign of dominance in a great tune as both squads dispatched their first day opponents, ADMU and FEU for the Green Jins and NU and FEU for the Lady Jins.

The Green Jins were quick to assert their dominance after they easily dispatched the Ateneo Blue Jins during the first few hours of the first day. In a spectacular 6-1 finish, The DLSU Jins showed no mercy as Ateneo’s lone victory only came due to the Green Jins withdrawal of their 7th player. The strength of the Green Jins continued to the afternoon as they also dispatched their FEU counterparts with a 4-3 (DLSU withdraws 7th player) finish to cap of their first day run with 2-0.

The Lady Jins were able to show that they are more than ready to retake their crown as they too easily dispatched their first assignment against NU in a 6-1 finish. Contrary to the the Green Jins’ run, however, the DLSU Jins had trouble with their FEU counterparts, but nonetheless proved victorious with a 4-3 win to cap off their first day run.

Second Day Stunner

The second day, September 11, played host to the both the Green Jins and the Lady Jins first defeat.

The Green Jins were dealt a surprise defeat at the hand of their National University counterparts who ended the match with 3-4 after showing showing great improvement as compared to their 0-6 run last year to bring the team to a second place berth with 2-1 during the morning of the second day. The Green Jins, however, quickly bounced back from their defeat as they completely destroyed their UP counterparts in the afternoon with 7-0 run to secure their third victory.

The Lady Jins faced a similar situation with their men’s counterpart as they too were dealt with a 3-4 loss against taekwondo powerhouse UST after obliterating the Atenean contingent with a 6-1 win in the morning of September 11.

The Green Jins are set to battle current 1st placer UST who currently reigns undefeated in the morning of September 16 and UE who trails La Salle in third with the same 3-1 win-loss ratio while the Lady Jins are set to battle UE in the morning who currently sits at last place with no wins and tournament leader UP who also reigns undefeated in the afternoon