Filipino-Indian Ferlie Mae Lall of Bacolod City brought home two gold medals and a silver from the 1st Open Karate Championship 2019 held Sunday in Hong Kong.
The 16-year-old Lall, mentored by Sensei Randy Mengullo of the PSKI-Karate Fighting System, won the gold medal in individual kata black belt division after an impressive KankuSho performance in the final.
A graceful execution of Unsu during the semi-finals propelled her to the championship round.
Lall collected another gold medal in kumite (sparring) after outclassing her opponent from Firewall Judo Karate Association, 3-0, with rapid striking hand technique combinations.
Teaming up with two other Filipina karatekas, Analyn Gainucud and Crisel Calipayan, Lall picked up her third medal in the tournament, a silver, in synchronized team kata.
Gainucud and Calipayan train under Sensei Butch Verceles of Shotokan Karate Council Internatinoal – Hong Kong.
Sharing her skills and talent, Lall said she will help her sensei (Mengullo) in the training of her younger teammates in PSKI-KFS for the Aug. 25 to 31 National Batang Pinoy in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Lall, a Grade 11 student of Liceo de La Salle – Bacolod, is the daughter of Dimple Shankar, an engineer, and businesswoman Fatima Elles.
She won medals for Jack & Jill School –City Heights in the NOPSSCEA during her elementary days and was a consistent gold medalist in various PKTS national championships, K-Series nationwide tour, and the Batang Pinoy since 2014.
Lall is scheduled to compete next in Macau and Sri Lanka karate tournaments.*
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