On the 29th of July, 2007 at around 5.30 a.m., around 15 members and supporters of Team Seibukan Melaka, of which Seiken Dojo is part of, headed from Batu Berendam to Kuala Lumpur to participate in the Setiawangsa Open Karate Tournament, organized bu Kusano-Ha Shito-Ryu. After a wet drive on the North-South Highway, we reached Kuala Lumpur around7.45 a.m. and proceeded straight to the event venue located at the beautiful Titiwangsa Lake Garden at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. After finalizing the registration process, we then joined up with Pathma Sensei’s Honbu Team.
Today, a few stars emerged. Though we managed to bag only one medal (Silver, Girls Below Years Old Kumite, won by Little Tiger Najwa Farhana of Taman Merdeka Dojo), I am extremely proud of all our team members. Non showed any fear, and fought with bravado. Some even came up to me afterwards to ask if they could fight again! As this is the first tournament they have participated in, this is more of an experience gathering expedition more than anything else. Dr. Norman, who performed Wansu-no-Kata had lost to more experienced competitors.
The tournament that was supposed to end at 6.00 p.m. dragged on to much later, because of the overwhelming response. There are even competitors from Indonesia and India. This tournament will serve as a gauge to our skill in karate-do. Though it is not the ultimate gauge, it will help us compare ourselves with others more experienced.
The tournament was officiated by Federal Territories Minister, YB Dato’ Haji Zulhasnan Rafique.
The last event (Men’s Open Kumite) began at around 9.30 p.m. Quite a few of the event’s participants have gone home by then (that included Karl Sensei) or were too tired to participate (including yours truly, who technically have been awake for about 18 hours). I only managed to catch about 2 hours of sleep the night before because came back late from the Seminar by Nadaime Soke Sensei. I promised the Team to meet up with them at 4.00 a.m. but only arrived at Seiken around 5.00 a.m. My humblest apologies to those who waited long for me. The prize giving ceremony only started at 10.45 p.m.! The rest of the Melaka Team have gone home and all that was left was myself,Hadira, Adam, Batrisyia (both fast asleep by then) and Mrs. Uma & Rekha Senpai of the Honbu Team. By the time it was all over, I was dead tired. Lucky my brother-in-law, Saiful was there to drive us back to Melaka safely. Thanks bro!
Hakkucho-no-Kata demo performed by Masaru Kusano Nadaime Soke Sensei.
Azlimmi Sensei leading warm-up & motivation session
Dr. Norman performing Wansu
Najwa in the Finals
Adam at the Opening Ceremony
Hadira at the Quarter Finals
Team Bosses…. Karl Sensei (Coach) & Azlimmi Sensei (Manager)
Congratulations to all !! Gambatte Kudasai !!