Good luck Aylah, Isla prepares, UFC Gym Red Deer’s 1st anniversary, Gracepoint Church basketball playoffs

Good luck Aylah, Isla prepares, UFC Gym Red Deer’s 1st anniversary, Gracepoint Church basketball playoffs
Master Steve Grandeza (center) and instructor Roman Cuison conduct the examination of their first Gan Soo Do student in Canada, Matthew Lambert, June 2, at the UFC Gym in Red Deer.

Before I start, allow me first to congratulate diver Aylah Angeles of Sports for Every Child-Excell Diving Club under coach Heb Fleming for qualifying to the Nationals in Toronto, representing Alberta in the 10-year-old D1 group.

A Misette Lahey Award winner, Aylah has qualified on all three boards, the 1M, 3M and Platform events which is very impressive!

And in case you are wondering, this future diving star is the granddaughter of our publisher Kuya Jun Angeles.

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Talking about 10-year-olds, I am reminded of Brazilian jiu jitsu champion and anti-bullying advocate Isla Diesmos who is currently preparing for tournaments in the province, including one in Edmonton in October.

This 10-year-old used to be bullied and took up the sport. Now that they know she is a champion, featured by CTV News, the bullying has stopped and Isla has taken every opportunity to talk about bullying in the sporting arena.

Keep up the good work Isla!

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I could not just believe my eyes seeing master Steve Grandeza as one of the instructors at the UFC Gym Red Deer.

When news broke out in the Filipino community that he has arrived, I told myself, I have to see him. Lo and behold, the many-time Philippine martial arts titlist and world kickboxing champion is alive and kicking, teaching Gan Soo Do to Canadians!

Gan Soo Do, a martial art designed by his grandfather and grandmaster Casimiro “Chingi” Grandeza, is now in Canada and UFC Gym will soon be spreading it to other UFC/Motion Fitness gyms in the province. It is a little bit special for master Steve because he was able to celebrate the first anniversary of UFC Gym last June 2 with the other instructors and gym members.

Roman Cuison, a long-time student of master Steve in the Philippines, came ahead to Canada, teaching at the Motion Fitness in Saskatoon and joined his teacher in Red Deer to conduct the first Gan Soo Do examination on Matthew Lambert, who after hurdling the exam, was promoted from white to green belt. What a memorable first year anniversary at UFC Gym Red Deer!

Happy anniversary to UFC Gym and thank you for supporting master Steve and Gan Soo Do!

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The 2018 Gracepoint Church Basketball League playoffs are starting this month, according to tournament committee member Paul Roque.

The top four squads advancing to the next round are the Red, Black, Yellow and White teams.
Kuya Paul said the games are played every Monday night at the Gracepoint Church on 66th Street and Ellerslie Road.

What makes this tournament unique ladies and gentlemen is that there is a sharing of the word of God in between the games. And hearing the words are very soothing. I’ll probably encourage our editor Lito Velasco and DJ Rolan Latorre of Himig Pinoy, both pioneering officers of the Philippine Media Association of Alberta, to join the tournament next time. And that would probably inspire Kuya Paul Briones to play again.

What can you say Kuya Paul Roque?

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Again, we are encouraging our Kababayans to inform us of their sports events in Alberta Province. Please email and we will be happy to include the news in our next issue.

Maraming salamat po!

Photo by Moses Billacura | Alberta Filipino Journal

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