6th KBS Korea International Taekwondo Championships Blackbelt Vidal Marvin C. Gabriel, IV – Mariners, of Saint Mary's University Science High School bagged a silver medal in taekwondo juniors-men individual category and a bronze medal in the pair category during the 6th KBS Korea International Taekwondo Championships in Gumi, South Korea on Sept. 2-6.

Gabriel represented the Philippines and competed against 33 taekwondo players from different countries.Before the international competition, Vidal joined the qualifying selections for the national team last July 21. Due to his skills, discipline and power focus, he was chosen as one of the representatives of the Philippine Taekwondo team.


Prior to the competition, he underwent series of rigid trainings for five months in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Malate, Manila.
The taekwondo Philippine team went to Korea last August 23-30 for a one week training headed by Master Jhong The Song, 5th Dan Taekwondo Blackbelt, and Head Coach of Dankook University, Korea.
In the elimination round, Gabriel outranked players from Iran, Germany, Spain and Great Britain by using his powerful kicks and combat techniques.
During the semi- final round, he exchanged blows with Great Britain's Michael Mutzakovzky using multiple combinations of kicks and blocks.
In the final round, he struggled with Kang Shin Chang of South Korea and landed as first runner up.
"Being a first timer in such international competition, I am very happy, honored and proud for representing not only our school SMU and Nueva Vizcaya but our country, the Philippines," Gabriel said in an interview with the The Spectrum.
The other Philippine team who won in the competitions were John Pier Sabido (gold); Brian Allan Sabido (gold);Maria Carla Janice Lagman (gold); Tsomle Go (bronze); John Paul "Japoy" Lizardo (bronze); Antonette Rivero (silver); Ryan Tucher (gold); Samuel Morisson (gold); Shaneen Ched Sia (gold); Galilee Tinaya (bronze) and Rani Ortega (silver).
This year, the Taekwondo Philippine team has the most number of awards won in an international competition.
He was awarded with plaque of recognition and medal. He was also assigned as the flag bearer of our country during the opening and welcome program. Igor Tem Mella, 4th Dan Black Belt served as his coach.
Vidal will be competing again in Kukkiwon, Seoul, Korea on December 6-12 for the World Hanmadang Taekwondo Championships
"As an athlete, self discipline is a very important value in attaining aspirations in life", he added.