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The newly organized Karatedo Team of LEYECO III that represents the Province of Leyte to the 2017 Mayor Rellon’s Cup Karatedo Tournament in Tagum City, Davao del Norte bagged at least eight (8) medals last April 29-30, 2017.


The seven-member karatedo team got three (3) golds, three (3) silvers and two (2) bronzes in different category of the karatedo tournament. They called the team as Leyte Kidlat. The composition of the Leyte Kidlat Team are the following: Allynne Leudjy B. Laniba who emerged as the champion in the 8-12 years old Kumite Category, Abraham Castanares – champion in Senior Kumite Category, Allan L. Laniba – champion in Master’s Cup Kata and silver in the Master’s Cup Kumite,  Allan Rudjz B. Laniba – silver and bronze in Novice Kata Competition, Rensi A. Ong – silver in Novice Kumite and Ellaine Claire Baclaan – bronze in 65 kgs Women’s Kumite.

LEYECO III organized the Filipino Shotokan Karatedo Association as the club to train new players and talents in karatedo. It conducted a Summer Karatedo Clinic to all interested children of LEYECO III electric consumers. The general manager of LEYECO III who is also a 6th dan blackbelt Shihan Allan L. Laniba institutionalized the karatedo training in the coop for the security guards, tellers and the next in batch are the meter readers. 

“Tellers, guards and meter readers are prone to danger, bullying and hold-up in the field, at least by learning karatedo, they can have self-confidence to defend themselves against the criminal that may attack them”, Shihan Laniba explained.

The karatedo training was well supported by the Board of Directors because the Board President himself, Cornelio Q. Brazil is also a believer of the karatedo being a certified blackbelter.

“Karate is not for fighting actually, but rather it is an arts for character perfection, discipline, courage and love of peace as what the ‘dojo kun’ emphasized”, GM Laniba added.

The LEYECO III Team – Filipino Shotokan Karatedo Association dreamed to produce more young talents to participate in the coming “Batang Pinoy” and in the national competition of karatedo.  

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