From the 27th to 29th of December, the 5th Asian Pencak Silat Championship took place in Yanji, China. A total of 9 countries took part in the event. The team brought back 7 golds, 2 Silvers and 7 Bronze medals and clinching the 1st runner up position. Team Malaysia clinched 4 Gold, 8 Silver, 8 Bronze medals falling into the 2nd runner up position and Team Vietnam clinched 12 Gold, 9 Silver, 3 Bronze medals and emerged as the overall champion. Congrats to all teams and athletes. Details of the championship will be presented below.
Scoring & Secretariat Team
The scoring team has always lent a helping hand in running competitions. As this is the last competition of 2019, the scoring team also managed the secretariat duties ran the whole event. The event run smoothly and was successful thanks to the team! We hope to see them in more competitions in 2020.
Referee-Jury Refresher Course
One day before the start of the championship, a referee-jury refresher course was held. This was to make sure the officials were updated about the newest rules and for them to bring up and doubts that need clarification. This is also for the new officials from China to practice for one last time before officiating actual matches.
On the 23rd of December, the China Pencak Silat Federation held a press conference with Dr Sheik and the officials of the China Pencak Silat Federation to talk about the future of silat in China. While working hand-in-hand with the China Pencak Silat Federation, Dr. Sheik has big plans to advance and spread pencak silat widely in China in the years to come. The press conference ended rather successfully and we hope to see the advancements in China soon!
Opening and Closing Ceremony
As per tradition, the event starts and ends with an opening and closing ceremony. During the keris mandat procession of the opening ceremony, Dr Sheik gave a speech and even did some moves with the keris. Mr Zhen Cheng, organising chairman of the 5th Asian Pencak Silat Championship 2019 also gave a short speech to welcome the teams to Yanji, China. Dr Sheik also gave out certificates to the new officials from China after completing the course they took before the championship.
As per usual, the artistic category was the first event that was contested. The artistic categories contested were: male and female single, male and female double and male and female team. Singapore athletes clinched gold medals from the artistic male team, male single and female single; silver medals from artistic male double and female team; and bronze medals from the artistic female double.
The match category started after the artistic event ended. 4 of our athletes, Nurul Suhaila, Siti Khadijah, Sheik Farhan and Muhd Hazim managed to clinch the gold medal for their respective match categories, some fighting from the preliminary rounds all the way till the finals. 6 of our athletes: Sheik Ferdous, Abdul Raaziq, Adib Farhan, Amirah Sahrin, Muhd Riansyauqi and Syahirah Jeffrey clinched the bronze medals, putting their 100% in their respective match categories. Sheik Farhan was also nominated as the best male athlete of the championship! Congratulations to all the athletes!
Our athletes not only compete and strive in silat events, but also in other sports as well. As part of the cross-training program for the athletes, they are being taught different sports from silat to develop new skills and to also try out new sports - and one of those sports is Vovinam. Vovinam, short for Vo Viet Nam, is a Vietnamese sport. Vovinam involves the use of the hands, elbows, legs, knees and weapons such as swords, knives, chisels, claws, fans. Students also learn how to deal with hand-held weapons, counter-attacks, lock-ups, and levers.
5 of our athletes - Amirah Sahrin, Nurhanishah Shahruddin, Nur Azlyana, Amirul Syafiq and Aniq Asri, took part in the World Vovinam Championships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 16th - 22nd December. They participated in different categories such as the (male)pair knife form, female Ying Yang Sword Form, (female)dual knife form, female cross from and male cross form. Aside from the artistic categories, they also competed in some match categories.
Two of the athletes, Nurhanishah Shahruddin and Nur Azlyana clinched the bronze medal for the artistic category (female) Dual Knife Form and (something) Match category respectively.
Congrats to both the athletes and to the team as well. Hours of practice were put in the prepare the athletes for their first world vovinam championship. We hope to see more of such developments for our athletes as well!
Our SEA Games Pencak Silat Team has reached Singapore on 6th December, right after the finals match category took place. The team brought back 2 Gold medals, achieving the initial goal set for the team, 1 Silver medal and 2 Bronze medals. The athletes who clinched the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be elaborated below.
The team clinched the first Gold medal in the male artistic Team category. Nujaid Hasif, Hamillatu Arash and Muhd Nazrul have been competing as a team for many competitions, achieving silver and bronze medals. The Games finally made all those months of waiting and training worthwhile as they achieved their first gold medal. The team clinched the second gold medal when Muhd Hazim defeated his Vietnamese opponent with a 4-1 win. Vietnam is known to be a strong competitor and the 18-year old who had just debuted as a SEA Games athlete proved his strength and calibre as an athlete. Congratulations to all 4 athletes!
Muhd Iqbal clinched the silver medal during the male artistic single event. He did perform as well in previous games despite putting in all his effort druing training. The 30th SEA Games however, proved his efforts worthwhile as he made a comeback and placed second in his event category, even with strong competitors.
Muhd Iqbal was the third athlete to present his performance to the panel of juries and scored a total of 461 points before team Philippines came on on top with 470 points. None the less, congratulations to Muhd Iqbal!
Nurul Suhaila came home with a bronze medal after her 5-0 loss with a strong vietnam opponent. Suhaila fought well during her quarters and did her very best to takedown her opponent during the semi-finals.
Atiq Syazwani also came home with bronze medal after her 4-1 loss during the semifinals with Indonesia exponent, Suci Wulandari. The Singapore team athlete was leading with a 5-0 score in the first round and a 4-1 score in the starting of the second. A small action and the deliberation of the judges made a big impact as they ruled a dropping as valid, allowing the Indonesian athlete to catch up. Nonetheless, she put up a great fight and to all the medalists, our greatest congratulations.