When you see Prince in the dojo, it would be hard to take him seriously at first. It could be because of the goofy grin that is on his face most of the time. Or the glassy-eyed stare that he gives you when he’s trying to process what you said. He also tends to be the life of any party or get-together, but mostly by accident.
There was a time when he gave his name as Prince “Pogi” (handsome in Pilipino) to a coffee shop barista, and she called out his name as Prince “Poyi ” when his coffee was ready. You bet he’s been called that moniker in the club since then!
In spite of all his unintentional funny quips and acts, he was one of the best competitors that the IGA Kendo Club has produced. This 3-dan Kendoka has won matches in the Hong Kong Kendo Open, represented the Philippines in the 11th ASEAN Kendo Tournament, and got 2nd Place in the 1st Philippine National Kendo Tournament. His infamous “Poyi-waza” was a sight to see when he could pull them off in a match, leaving his opponents stunned at how he managed that. Not bad for a college kid who joined only to get into a “cool sport”.
Prince no longer practices with us as he is now based in the US working as a data scientist for Amazon. He has many fond memories of his time with us, and you can now see his Top 5!
Have you been with Prince in any of these? How about sharing with us your memories too? Message us! We’d love to hear your stories.
Next week, we will be featuring another one of our club’s rare Pokémon’s but the dad kendoka version. Stay tuned and keep safe!