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Fil-Am teen karateka continues quest for glory

Posted On 2014 Jul 29
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Khyll, who started training in karate when he was seven years old, holds the rare distinction of winning state, national and world championships in a single year for the last three years. Jorge has also been the reigning California state champion in the 12-14 year category in the last three years.

Khyll, who started training in karate when he was seven years old, holds the rare distinction of winning state, national and world championships in a single year for the last three years. Jorge has also been the reigning California state champion in the 12-14 year category in the last three years.

VALLEJO, California – Fourteen-year-old Filipino-American karateka Khyll G. Jorge, who has won five world championships in the last three years, continues his quest for dominance in his age bracket when he competes in two more National Blackbelt League (NBL) tournaments, two international tournaments, two nationals, and the state and world championships the rest of the year.

Khyll, who started training in karate when he was seven years old, also holds the rare distinction of winning state, national and world championships in a single year for the last three years. Jorge has also been the reigning California state champion in the 12-14 year category in the last three years.

“I hope to keep winning titles,” Khyll said. Khyll practices four days a week, and when he is scheduled to compete in a major tournament, he practices six days a week.

“I make sure to fight smart because karate is mostly mental, not a lot of physical,” he said. Khyll says he has to be mentally prepared when he goes to a tournament, and sometimes this becomes a problem when the games are to be played in a distant venue, especially in the East Coast.

But thanks to NutriAsia, the Philippines’ biggest manufacturer of sauces and condiments, Khyll won’t have to worry about his participation in the 2014 SuperGrands World Games scheduled from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 in Buffalo, New York where he won his fourth and fifth world titles.

NutriAsia produces and distributes Jufran, Mafran, UFC and Papa banana catsup, Mang Thomas all-around sauce, and Datu Puti Vinegar and Soy Sauce.

“We are proud to sponsor Khyll Jorge in his future competitions. Khyll has been a source of pride for Filipino youths in America and is a role model for Filipino-American youths who dream of becoming successful in their own fields of endeavor,” said Robert Reyes of NutriAsia (USA).

NutriAsia has adopted as its corporate social responsibility the mission of assisting in the delivery of better quality education and to improve health and nutritional conditions of undernourished students in the public elementary schools in the Philippines.

“Sponsoring a young and healthy athlete such as Khyll Jorge is an extension of that responsibility to the Filipino youth here in America,” Reyes said.

Khyll won 11 first place finishes and three grand championships in six tournaments he has competed so far this year, with only a fourth-place finish in the Bay Nationals in February tranishing his otherwise perfect record in 2014. He had three first place finishes and the grand championship in the Proper Challenge-South San Francisco in March and three more first places and the grand title in the Golden Gate Internationals in Santa Clara in April. Last June 14, he won first place in point and continuous sparring, and led his team to the junior boys sparring title in the Best of the Best Tournament in Tracy, California, an NBL tourney.

On May 9-10, Khyll won two first places in the Pacific Jewels Nationals in Vancouver, Washington. He won first place and the grand championship in the Ultimate Slam-South San Francisco on May 31.

“On my second year at the World Games, I won two world titles. It was special. I can’t describe how special it was for me,” said Khyll. “I’d like to thank my parents, my whole family, my teammates, my coach and my sponsors. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Talking about his success, he advised his fellow youngsters, “If you want to do something, do it because when you put your mind into it, you can do it. Believe in yourself. You have to surround yourself with great people, like your parents.”

His family, especially his father Ahlen, has been very supportive of Khyll. “The whole family tries to be present in every tournament he competes in. We are willing to lose our voice to cheer for him,” Ahlen said.

“The only times that we were not able to be with him were at the 2012 SuperGrands in Buffalo, NY, 2013 New England Open in New Hampshire and 2013 SuperGrands in Charleston, South Carolina for financial reasons,” he said.

Khyll said despite his hectic training and tournament schedule, Khyll is able to balance training and school work. During school days, he does his homework after school for a couple of hours or does it in school. Then he goes to karate practice for  two hours at the Seronio Islandbred Martial Arts in Vallejo.

Khyll, who will be on 10th Grade at the Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, took interest in karate in 2006 when he noticed that his friends stopped whatever they were doing at 5 p.m. almost every day. When he asked why, his friends said they had to go to their karate lessons. He eventually joined them at a martial arts school in Vallejo.

Training very hard to attain his goals, Khyll won his first two world titles in the 2011 SuperGrands in Sacramento, California. He won numerous tournaments in the Bay Area starting in 2009 and finally won his first national title in April 2011 when he placed first in continuous sparring (88 lbs) in the Golden Gate Internationals in Santa Clara, California.

In a tournament in Vancouver, Washington the next month, Jorge won two first places in both events at the Pacific Jewel 2011. He continued his domination in continuous sparring for the 88 lbs category in succeeding months – at the Long Beach Internationals in Long Beach, California in July; at the Sin City Rumbles in Las Vegas, Nevada in August; at the Rising Sun in Daly City in August; and at the Avalanche 2011 in Layton, Utah also in August.

In December that year, Jorge won his first internationals at the Super Grands XXI in Charleston, South Carolina, winning both the continuous sparring (88lbs, 11 years and the point sparring (88 lbs, 11 years) titles.

The year 2011 proved a great one for Jorge as he won regional, national, state and world championships in 88 lbs category that year. In 2012 and 2013, Jorge won again in regional, national, state and world championships in the 99 lbs division.

In December 2013, Jorge was again declared world champion in point sparring (12-14 years old) and continuous sparring (12-14 years old, 99 lbs) at the Super Grands 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jorge is now competing in the 121 lbs, 12-14 years old category.

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