Tiger Balm Internationals March 18 ’12-Day 2
Today: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze. Total medals 8 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze.
Chris Katisiamitis: 1st Jr. Pankration, 1st Jr. Kickboxing, Dimitri Katsiamitis: 2nd Jr. Pankration, 3rd Jr. Kickboxing, Elaine Fung: 1st Female Kickboxing, Matt Matheson 2nd Kickboxing, Lenny Ho, 3rd Advanced Kickboxing ( his first fight back in competition after some time away) Good for you coming back. Honorable mention: David Haisell- fought well in his first tournament- close fight, Victor Tiapis- 1-1 fought well in his first tournament close fight, Felix Tiapis:1-2 4th place fought well even against one opponent 50 lbs heavier and had a very close fight, Ilaitia Korobosaga 1-1 again very, very close fight. I want to congratulate all the competitors. I am proud of you. It was a challenging tournament and a lot of very close fights. In 90 seconds, it is quick and very close. I did initiate the removal of the clickers, which well hopefully help in the future. Win or Lose, the challenge is to keep improving and with that mindset, progress is guaranteed. A big OSU! and a good weekend.
On this day’s events we had kids participate in Pankration/ Kids MMA Vancouver and Elaine Fung did Kickboxing and a few adult males compete in kickboxing. Elaine also helps teach the Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing program and is an excellent teacher. The Katisamitis’s brothers did particularly well and really enjoy competing in Kids MMA, Kickboxing and Submission Wrestling. Victor Tiapis had a couple good fights and, since then has been successful in ring fights and is about to compete in his first Pankration/MMA fight. It was also nice to see Lenny Ho go back into competing after taking some time off to pursue his schooling since his ring fight days. Interestingly enough, the way the tournament was set up allowed, in the junior’s divisions, large weight disparities, which is sometimes inevitable and Felix Tiapis did exceedingly well in fighting an opponent who was about 50 lbs heavier than he was. Felix is probably about 110 and the other opponent was probably 160. Felix is very determined and tough and almost won. He gets the spirit award for the day. Congratulations to everyone who competed and tested themselves. See you next time.