For the second time around, Sensei Franklin Kawaen, a usku 5th dan, joined the National Team this time as kata coach. In his stint as competitor, kawaen has been a dominant force in the national and international tournaments until bagging the gold medal in the Kobe Osaka World Cup 2008 in Greece.
After his competitive years he got hired as Karate Instructor in Dubai and has produced champions in kids divisions. He moved back to the Philippines last year and built his own gym in Mindoro. The same year he joined USKU-Philippines and got his 5th dan in Japan by no less than Shihan Kenichi Fukamizu. Last April during 2nd USKU-Phil. Tournament, his students grabbed most of the medals at stake.
Congratulations Sensei! You got a tremendous resume!…walachi!!!