Member of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Do Association- Shidokan, Philippine Karatedo Federation and Arnis Association International Inc, The Philippine Castclaw Martial Arts Association in Kuwait marked its 25th anniversary Friday morning at the Al-Nasser Sports Complex with the Consul General Atty. Raul Dado, heads of Filipino organizations and invited guests gracing the occasion.
The program commenced with the Philippine National Anthem followed by an invocation. Lighting of candles while the group sang “Through the years” filled the hall. In his welcome remarks Catsclaw President Sensei Mario Adonis commented that the celebration honors all its members and the late founder Master Fraz Lopez whose passion for the organization to help its members achieve their goals in martial arts is exemplary and that with his tireless works have achieved respect, recognition and integrity not only in Kuwait but internationally. Adonis also said that 2014 will bring about showcases of local martial arts competitions in different categories and forms. He thanked the members for their usual support and encourages everyone to join the remarkable sports.
Highlights of the occasion included a heartwarming speech by the Consul General who stated that he draws inspiration from such organization and occasion. Kuwait’s Divo Jummel Carvajal and son Peter Daniel rendered inspiring vocal renditions that marked the start of the occasion. Masters present during the occasion were also presented to the audience followed by heart stomping martial art demonstrations that took the audience to edge of their seats.
The Times also interviewed Paris Recinto who will represent Catsclaw in the upcoming competition in Japan. Awarding of certificates of membership, appreciation, achievement, ID cards and appreciation to sponsors were also distributed. The momentous occasion ended with a hearty lunch and ceremonial cutting of the cake.
- Ricky Laxa