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!