UBD opens The Warrior’s Ring
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE students of Brunei Research Academy under the Universiti Brunei Darussalam held their first ever _Gelangang Pahlawan _or Warrior’s Ring at the Dewan Riadah, Youth Centre in the capital.
During the opening ceremony yesterday, the Chairman of the ceremony and a student of the Brunei Research Academy said in his speech that the Warrior’s Ring was part of their final year project at the academy under the module PB-4301 dedicated to introducing and further continuing the art and tradition of martial arts in the Sultanate.
“This gathering focuses on exposing the public, specifically the youths, to various styles of martial arts with the aim to promote unity and a healthy lifestyle. Other than that, martial arts also emphasizes on discipline while applying noble values such as respect for one another and fairness,”, said Ak Md Fathul Afzanizam Pg Salleh.
He added that this was a unique chance for the public to watch, understand and get interested in various styles of martial arts, and even though this was the first of its kind, he hoped more similar events would be held in the future.
After the chairman’s speech, the guest of honour Director of the Department of Youth and Sports Hj Abd Malik Hj Mohammad officially launched the event and proceeded to meet some of the martial arts participants.
The main piece of the ceremony was the showcase of various styles of martial arts by more than 50 participants with the youngest at five years old.
The participants consisted of martial artists from well known associations such as the Brunei Darussalam National Silat Association (PERSIB), the Shorinji Kempo Association of Brunei Darussalam (PERKEB), the Kendo Federation Brunei Darussalam (KFBD), the Brunei Karate Federation (BRUKAF) and the Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam (WFBD).
Some lesser known martial art styles and association were also introduced such as the Butthan martial arts, a self defence style from Bangladesh that combines combat and self defence techniques with sports and exercise.
The Brunei Times