Saturday, July 27, 2013

Karate centre selects athletes for Games

by Jenifer Laeng, Posted on July 28, 2013, Sunday

WE ARE READY: Athletes from Miri Karate Excellence Center picked for the upcoming Borneo Games in Labuan.

MIRI: Several athletes from Miri Karate Excellence Centre here have been selected to represent the state for the September Borneo Games to be held in Labuan.

Head coach, Al Harir Muhammad, disclosed that the athletes were chosen during a recent karate selection here.

They faced top picks from Sarawak Shitoryu Karate during the selection trial.

In the individual Kata event, Dayangku Nurdiyana won against Nadzirah Tuwah.

However, Nadzirah Tuwah’s win over a male competitor from Sarawak Shitoryu Karate impressed the panel judges and her coach.

“One of the panel selection judges, Shihan Edward, commented that it was the first time he saw a very impressive kata performance from a female athlete against a male athlete,” Al-Harir said.

Meanwhile, in the male under 75kg kumite, Mohd Ariffin won with a clear advantage over Danstance Tang from Sarawak Shitoryu Karate.

Al-Harir also said that training sessions have been reduced during the fasting month as most of the athletes are Muslims, but added that they will have intensive training soon after the fasting month is over.

“We need to stay focused and do all we can to prepare for the upcoming Borneo Games. We hope we will not only bring more medals back but we hope, through this games, our athletes will be able to learn new things and gain more experiences,” he added.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tough task awaits karate exponents in Myanmar SEA Games


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s karate squad suffered a double blow when R. Loganesha Rao and Kam Kah Sam quit the national team last month – just seven months before this year’s SEA Games in Myanmar.

Malaysia Karate Federation (MKF) secretary general Vincent Chen said that 2011 SEA Games men’s kumite below 55kg gold medallist Loganesha, who is still undergoing rehabilitation for an unspecified injury, has yet to hand in his resignation letter while 23-year-old kata exponent Kah Sam cited studies as his reason for quitting.

“It’s definitely disappointing. “The first time they came to see me, I managed to talk them out of quitting. But three months later, they came back feeling the same way,” said Vincent.

“It’s their choice. There’s nothing much I can do if their heart is not in it.

“It’s going to be difficult as we still have some fighters still undergoing rehabilitation, like G. Yamini (knee) and K. Teagarajan (unspecified injury).”

Vincent, however, is pleased that the elite and back-up squads’ exponents are progressing well.

At the recent South-East Asian Championships in Manila, Malaysia bagged 11 golds, eight silvers and seven bronzes. Eight of the 11 golds came from the elite exponents while the back-up squad delivered the other three.

Malaysia’s biggest rivals in the region, Indonesia, have also improved tremendously over the years. In Manila, they garnered nine golds, five silvers and 10 bronzes and could pose a real threat to our exponents come December.

“We have a great pool of talent in the back-up squad. They’re just not mature enough to make the transition into the elite squad yet,” said Vincent.

“Unlike us, Indonesia have at least four exponents for each category.

That offers them the flexibility of fielding their strongest line-up at every event.

“That’s why it’s crucial that the National Sports Council (NSC) support the back-up programme ... we have a credible crop of youngsters who are capable of making the grade to the elite squad.

“Ideally, we’d like to be in the same position (as the Indonesians) and rotate our fighters ... switch things up and keep our opponents guessing.”

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Karate academy exponents competing

MIRI: Nine young karate-kas aged seven to 11 years, from Kinnotaka Karate Academy (KKA) are participating in a two-day championship at Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu today.
They are Muhammad Zakaria Hulba, Max-Alexander Simon, Alfred Falco Fernando, Abdul Rahman Hulba, Chris Ling, Cassandra Sonia, Rueben Thiyaga Rajan, Ronaldo Thiyaga Rajan and Aric Chong.
The `14th Sabah State Primary School Karate Championship 2011’ is organised by Sabah Karate Association (SKA).

According to Edmond C. Fernando, KKA team coach, the championship was infact only for primary schools pupils in Sabah.
“We are invited as guest teams to the annual event.
“We appreciate the invitation very much because this allows us, especially our young exponents to get exposure and interact with others from other places,” he added.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Malaysian Karate Trio Strike Three Gold Medals

From Nursyabiha Sukri

VIENTIANE, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- Karate exponents added another three gold medals to the Malaysian contingent's Asean University Games medal tally at the Chao Anouvong Gymnasium in Vientiane Friday.

Mohd Hatta Mahamut, K. Teagarajan and M. Mathivani stamped their class in the men's kumite 84kg, men's kumite 75kg and women's kumite 61kg to win their respective events.

Experienced Mohd Hatta had no trouble disposing Trinh Vo Hao from Vietnam 5-2 in the kumite 84kg while Teguh Ganeswara Umar from Indonesia and Watchara Charoenpachok from Thailand were awarded bronze medals as losing semifinalists.

"I was cautious with my opponent during the bout since the Vietnam exponent was also experienced. Tomorrow I hope to maintain my performance in the men's kumite team event to win another gold," Mohd Hatta told reporters here.

The days second gold medal winner Teagarajan disposed Alin Sukma Pranata from Indonesia 5-2 while Songvut Muntaen from Thailand and Nguyen Van Su from Vietnam were awarded bronze medals.

Mathivani on the other hand was in supreme form as she whitewashed her opponent Arm Sukkiaw from Thailand 8-0 to claim the gold medal while Selitha Palalangan from Indonesia and Le Thi Thuy from Vietnam were bronze medal winners.

Apart from the trio, Uriel Yu En French contributed a silver medal in men's kumite 67kg category while V. Jayaseelan (men's kumite above 84kg) and M. Yokonanthini (women's kumite 55kg) added to the bronze medal tally.

Competitions in the AUG will continue Saturday.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Karatekas bag gold and bronzes in KK

From The Borneo Post

Posted on April 1, 2011, Friday

FRUITFUL OUTING: Muhd Zulfikar (right) with other medal winners.
KUCHING: Karate-Do Association Sarawak (Asahi) karatekas bagged one gold and seven bronze medals in the Karate-Do Championship held in Kota Kinabalu in conjunction with the City Day recently. T

The gold and a bronze were won by Muhd Zulfikar Firdaus Arman of SMT Sejingkat in the individual kumite. Other bronzes bagged by the boys in individual kumite were by Elmer Bori and Baniela Lihim (SMK Penrissen). Baniela and others (Albert Edmond- SMK Bau and Alplian Zoe Lambung – SMK Tae’e, Brendan Johnny and Vennedick Wilson Charlie-Asahi) also bagged bronzes in the team kumite. 

Brendan broke his tooth in the tussle with his opponent. Meanwhile other bronze medallists in the girls’ individual kumite were Martina Azelin Dirum – SMK Bau and Jane Florise Cia Jewis – SMK Tae’e. Jane also won bronze in the team kumite. The event attracted karatekas from Indonesia, West Malaysia, Sarawak and hosts Sabah. It took the team an arduous 28 hours to travel by bus from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. 

The association is also planning to organise the first inter-primary and secondary schools karate-do championship on May 27 to 29. Athletes from Sibu, Bintulu and Miri, with invitations extended to Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Indonesia are expected to participate.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shito- Ryu Dojo in Kuching

Shito Ryu Dojo in Kuching operated by my friend Sepai Harem Peri

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Goshinryu team overall champs in Zone Karate C’ship

Goshinryu team overall champs in Zone Karate C’ship

by Jacqueline Raphael. Posted on December 4, 2010, Saturday
MIRI: Goshinryu Karate Negeri Sarawak has emerged as the overall champion in the Fourth East Malaysia Zone Karate Championship which was hosted by Malaysia Association Shitoryu Karate held at the Hills Shopping Mall in Kuching recently.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Goshinryu Karate Negeri Sarawak’s team members in jubilation after emerging as champions in the Fourth East Malaysia Zone Karate Championship recently.

With 28 gold medals at stake, Goshinryu Karate Negeri Sarawak bagged 12 gold, nine silver and 17 bronze medals making them the overall champion.The 33-member contingent comprises mostly participants aged between eight to 15 years old who are new to the championship while most of the senior athletes were being rested for their SPM examination or in preparation for Sukma XIV 2011 training.

“This is our second participation to EMZ Championship and it is quite encouraging to see the athletes are getting slightly better.“Except for the poor judging and refereeing which need to be improved so that we will have quality athletes being produced,” says team manager Shihan Al-Harir .The 12 gold medals came from Syed Mohd Aliff (Boy Individual Kata 8-9 years old), Syaza Darmanto (Girl Individual Kata 10-11 years old), Mohd Suffree Mohd Ali (Male Individual Kata 18 years and above), Mohd Haiqal bin Roslan (Boy Individual Kumite 8-9 years old), Muhd Haziq bin Roslan (Boy Individual Kumite 10-11 years old), Syaza Darmanto (Girl Individual Kumite 10-11 years old), Sharifah Nur Antasya (Girl Kumite 12-13 years old), Dayang Izzah Abg Sharkawi (Girl Individual Kumite 14-15 years old), Darnizan Darmanto (Female Individual Kumite 55kg & below), Mohd Afiq Darmanto (Male Individual Kumite 67kg & below), Abdul Rahim Omar (Male Individual Kumite 85kg & below) and Female Team Kumite.

Shihan added that Goshinryu Karate Negeri Sarawak is in the process of doing Talent Identification (Talent ID) as requested by Sarawak Sports Commission (MSN) because GoshinryuKarate Negeri Sarawak in Miri is the only karate centre identified as centre of excellence by the Sarawak Sports Commission.
“As for Sukma XIV 2011 to be held at Bukit Jalil, currently the athletes mostly comprising of Goshinryu Negeri Sarawak athletes under the shadow team are undergoing intensive training five times a week at our base Kelab Rekreasi Petroleum Miri.“Their training regime is being monitored by the Sarawak Sports Commission and currently they are in general phase period,” said Shihan.

With the theme ‘Healthy lifestyle through Karate’, Shihan welcomes the public especially those 21 years old and below to join karate for fun, sport or Sukma programme.Those interested can contact the association’s treasurer Salbiah (016-8542151) or president Nurliza Hj.Talhah (012-807597) for further detail on training days at Kelab Rekreasi Petroleum or the association’s Honbu Dojo at Lot 795 Lutong which is next to Harmoni Clinic (Opposite Kelab Rekreasi Lutong).