Winning three gold medals using difficult techniques over the weekend allowed Cebuano bet James de los Santos to increase his medal count in the individual male seniors’ division of online karatedo tournaments.
Since shifting to more demanding forms, De los Santos won his sixth, seventh and eight championships in a span of three days.
His title victories allowed the 30-year-old De los Santos to firm up his grip on second position in the world rankings with more points.
Utilizing the explosive execution of the ebi-geri formation twice and the graceful moves of a turning jump in Unsu were among the movements that enabled De los Santos to rule with his video presentations in the second Dutch Open and Miyamoto Musashi 5-Rings E-Kata competitions.
His last two trophies came after he tinkered with the levels of difficulty of the Ebi-geri to collect enough points and claim the crown in the Echampions Trophy Series 1.
“I did Unsu for the Dutch Open and Sansai for the Miyamoto Musashi tourney. I trained a lot harder to make my performances better for every upcoming tournament I participate in,” said De los Santos.
The ebi-geri, known as shrimp kick, came in handy for the second time when he unravelled the Sansai kata to score points over Murillo Alvez of Brazil, 25.3-24.5 in Musashi finals.
The shrimp kick, which is used in the Genseiryu style of fighting, earned De los Santos enough points to claim the crown in the Echampions Trophy Series 1.
This was when he outperformed Matias Domont of Switzerland, 25.7-24.5, in the finals.
“The ebi geri (shrimp kick) is the highlight of the kata. It’s difficult to keep it steady. The turns also make it very complicated,” said De los Santos on his execution.
In the Dutch Open, De los Santos came up with another volatile form, with a turning jump that came with Unsu style and this enabled him to conquer Alfredo Bustamante, 25.4-24.7, in the second Dutch Open.
“That’s the benefit of these tournaments. It makes you set goals to have stronger performances aside from training,” said De los Santos.
So far, Eduardo Santos of Portugal is the no. 1 bet with 7075 points, with De los Santos far behind, but improving in second, with 4275 points.
“I’m still no. 2, sir. It’s still a long journey,” added De los Santos.
South African Silvio Cerone-Biagioni, who De los Santos beat in the quarterfinals, is at no. 3, with 3250 points, followed by Leonardo Birra of Italy (2960).