Setiawangsa Karate-Do Open 2007

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)

More on the tournament at the Melaka Seibukan Website.


Congratulations to all !! Gambatte Kudasai !!


3 responses to “Setiawangsa Karate-Do Open 2007

  1. Its has been a great experience for me to join the tournament since it is my first experience eventhough I have been involve in karate for the past 20 years.It is something that cannot be describe by words.One thing I learn that lack of preparation will be a sure ticket to loose in a tournament.I only strted learning the kata by hard a few days before the tournaments due to so many other commitments so I don’t expect to go beyond first round.Hopefully next tournaments I’ll be more ready.Well , its not my intention to be active again in karate to win any championship..I’m using it as a motive for me to continue exercise..

    Beyond expectation is my daughter Najwa who went into the final, though she did not win in the final , I’m still proud of her…to me she is the Champion!! Congrats..hope she will do better in the future. For the other competitor , their spirits of competetiveness is the one to be applaud on..Congrats to teh others too.!! I do really hope that Seiken Self Defense Academy will one day produce a talented karate sportsman who will represent Malaysia in the future…OOOSS

  2. Thanx Doc for your support. We have only just began. Winning medals is not the ultimate point of our karate, but it helps as a personal gauge against others, our peers. Does winning mean we are better? No. What it means that the opponent have put in more hours and sweat into perfecting their particular techniques, i.e., kata, kumite, etc. What it means is that we need to raise the bar on our own training.

    Conratulations to Najwa… she’s a little ball of fire! Looks like Hani is heading her way too!

    Gambatte Kudasai!!

  3. Gambatte, I agree winning is not everything but anyone in martial arts should practice the art everyday. In kumite, the champion is one that practics, lives and trains in the art to be a winner. Karate is truly a way of life, not just a past time to have fun in. Thanks for the insight.

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