Nat’l Pencak Silat C’ships conclude

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE National Pencak Silat Championships held in conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th birthday celebrations came to close with three finals last night.

Present to grace the event at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

The first event, the men’s seni cakak asli (cakak asli performance), was won by Brunei-Muara’s Ak Abdul Mu’izz Pg Hj Abdul Karim after defeating Temburong’s Omar Abdul Aziz Hj Ismail in the final. Belait’s Arif Yahya Johari and Tutong’s Mohd Hafizul Brahim both shared third.

In the men’s_ seni kuntau _final (kuntau performance), Temburong’s Mohd Amrull Hj Ariffin defeated Tutong’s Muhd Arrsyafaiq Hassan to win gold. Brunei-Muara’s Mohd Adip Hj Rani and Belait’s Hj Julaihi Hj Junaidi settled for bronze.

The night came to a conclusion with the men’s tanding class ‘A’ final which saw Muhd Amirul Azmi Hj Ali Hamzah score a single point from a take-down to beat his Belait opponent Md Zairul Abidin Hj Abu Zaini in the two-round bout. Losing semi-finalists Md Waliuddin Hj Ahmad (Brunei-Muara) and Dini Aqwa Zuhairi Abd Rahim (Temburong) took home bronze medals.

According to the Brunei Darussalam National Silat Association (PERSIB), Ak Abdul Mu’izz — who has now won the men’s seni cakak asli for third time in a row — will not be allowed to compete in the event next year so as to give other practitioners the chance to shine.

“I feel very happy winning it for the third time but I won’t be defending this title next year,” said Ak Abdul Mu’izz in an interview with The Brunei Times.

“I will be looking to explore other areas in pencak silat — maybe seni kuntau.

“This year’s competition is quite tough compared to the previous years as almost every athlete trained well,” he added.

Ak Abdul Mu’izz and Mohd Amrull both received the personal gift of a shield (‘Perisai Kurnia Peribadi’) from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for winning the seni cakak asli and seni kuntau final respectively.

“This is my second time winning this event after success last year and I hope to continue training and competing in the future,” said Mohd Amrull.

Kuntau is a very special and interesting event in pencak silat as this kind of competition can only be found in Brunei.

“We never see this event in regional tournaments but it is getting more popular in Brunei,” he added.

Organised by PERSIB, a total of 75 athletes — with others from the Brunei Darussalam Sports School Council (MSSSBD) and Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council — took part in the tournament that kicked-off on Saturday.

The Brunei Times