source: MPSA Myanmar Pencak Silat Federation
Pencak Silat Men's 60-65 kg
National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is confident of retaining his 65-70kg category gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games beginning Dec 11 in Nyapyitaw. - Filepic
Silat exponent Al Jufferi’s back for more glory
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PETALING JAYA: National silat exponent Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari is confident of retaining his 65kg-70kg Tanding category gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games. The 21-year-old exponent from
Kuantan was a surprise gold medallist in the last edition of the SEA Games in Palembang two years ago.
Jufferi said the gold medal in Palembang was proof that he has the talents and a bright future in the sports. “My breakthrough in the sport came when I won the gold medal at the age of 19 in
Indonesia ... it’s a feeling that I will never forget,” said Jufferi.
“It has made me hungrier for success and to become a better silat exponent ... I’m ready to defend my gold medal in Myanmar. It would be really special for me if I can win the gold medal again.
“I don’t think there is any additional pressure on me to win a gold medal in Nyapyitaw. I believe I have matured since two years ago. ”
The silat team will leave for Nyapyitaw early as their competition is scheduled to start on Monday – two days before the opening ceremony on Wednesday. Silat team manager Datuk Osman Nok has set
a target of bringing back at least three gold medals from Myanmar.
The Malaysian silat team contributed three golds, one silver and seven bronzes in Palembang.
“Although we will be leaving early to Nyapyitaw, there should be no problem because we are well-prepared,” said Jufferi.“We just need to work on getting our minds focused on the competition.”
Free tickets, tight security as Myanmar prepares for Southeast Asian Games
Wed 4 Dec 2013
Myanmar is preparing to host the Southeast Asian Games, with a range of popular regional sports on the schedule.The event, beginning
December 11, will come two years after the end of military rule and the lifting of Western sanctions. Thousands of athletes, officials, fans and media will converge in the new capital
Naypyidaw for the Games, the biggest sports event to be held in Myanmar.
However there are some concerns, including empty seats, security and the logistics of accommodating thousands of visitors.
"Thousands of athletes and officials and also thousands of fans will come," a senior police official.
"Although we tried our best for security with enough numbers, I'm a little bit nervous."
In a bid to fill seats, organisers have offered free tickets for all events in Naypyidaw apart from football.
But with residents in short supply at the sprawling and far-flung capital, whose huge boulevards are often devoid of traffic, swathes of empty seats are likely. Although officials insist
preparations are complete, worries persist over how Myanmar will accommodate all the visitors. "Hotel rooms cannot be enough because many foreigners and many visitors will come," a government
official, who did not want to be named, said. "Hopefully everything can be done smoothly. Cooperation between ministries is very weak."
Naypyidaw will host most of the Games, while the former capital Yangon, 300 kilometres south, will host men's football, body-building, weightlifting and kempo, a martial art. The schedule
includes mainstream sports as well as home-grown disciplines all but unknown outside the region. Chinlone, a Myanmar sport involving delicate foot control of a
wicker ball, is one of the opening events, as is the Indonesian-origin martial art of pencak silat.
Vovinam, an acrobatic Vietnamese fighting sport, is another on the list and among the 460 gold medals on offer, 11 are for petanque, a legacy of French colonialism in the region. For the formal
opening ceremony on December 11, up to 30,000 spectators including heads of state are expected at Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Stadium.
As final preparations continue, Vice President Nyan Tun called on athletes to "strive for a golden age of Myanmar sports".
He said the focus was on "improving the reputation of the country and making history to be regarded as sporting heroes." The last SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011 were plagued by corruption, delays
and a deadly stampede at the men's football final.
SEA Games team boss Malaysia: Let’s break barriers in Myanmar
The Malaysian SEA Games contingent chef-de-misson Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi (center) seen here
with some of the Games-bound athletes after giving them a pep talk in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday. - The STAR
KUALA LUMPUR: It was a gloomy day but it did not
dampen the spirts of Malaysia’s SEA Games chef-de-mission Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi.The bubbly 66-year-old took time to fan the fire among the SEA Games-bound athletes at the Bukit Jalil
Sports Complex.Among the athletes who were there included those from women’s football, archery, athletics, aquatics and weightlifting. “I’m happy to see the commitment shown by our athletes
in the final phase of training before the Games,” said Amiruddin, who completed his series of visit in the morning at the rain-soaked athletics track at Bukit Jali
“I encouraged the athletes to break barriers so that we can hear the national anthem many times
in various stadiums in Myanmar. For now, I’m pleased that preparation is going on smoothly,” added Amiruddin, who is also the president of the Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU). Rugby, however, is
not one of the 33 sports contested in Myanmar. A total of 556 Malaysian athletes will take part in swimming, athletics, archery, badminton, basketball, snooker and billiards, boxing, canoe,
cycling, equestrian, football (including futsal), golf, hockey, judo, karate, rowing, sepaktakraw (chinlone), sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu, bodybuilding,
chess, muay, pencak silat, weightlifting and petanque.
Malaysia have set a modest target of 40 gold medals.
In the 2011 Games in Indonesia, Malaysia won 59 golds, 50 silvers and 82 bronzes to finish fourth
overall and it was the country’s best achievement in SEA Games since winning 111 gold medals as the hosts in 2001 in KL.
source: rajes paul
VIETNAM DELEGATION HEADED FOR 27TH SEA GAMES
(VOV) -A grand ceremony was held in Hanoi on November 21 to send off a Vietnamese sports delegation for the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in
Myanmar this December.
The 750-member delegation included 529 athletes from 29 teams led by Lam Quang Thanh, Deputy Head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training.
More than 850 Vietnamese athletes and coaches attended 42 sports events in the previous SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011.
As scheduled, the Vietnamese delegation will fly to Myanmar on private flights on December 4, 9 and 14. source: http://talkvietnam.com, vov-news
TWO SEA GAMES-GOLD
The Pencak Silat Association of Thailand has set
its sights on two SEA Games gold medals from its two key exponents - last year's world championship silver medallist Panja Ngoentim and former Games gold medallist Nantachai
source: www.nationmultimedia.com nov. 16 2013.
Panu Uthairat, president of the PSAT, placed high hopes on the two stars, who are among the 12-member squad (10 men and 2 women) which will take part in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar from
December 11-22. A total of 14 titles will be competed for in Nay Pyi Taw.
"Although we did not return home with any golds from the last Games in Indonesia, we hope that at least we would win two in Burma because our team has been well prepared and has produced some
impressive results in recent events," said Panu, who has only been in the job for four months.
The team has been training in the far South province of Yala since July under the supervision of Malaysian and Indonesian coaches. They have participated in several warm-up tournaments, including
a pre-SEA Games meet in Nay Pi Taw, where they earned two silvers, and two meets in Indonesia (six golds) and Malaysia (two golds).
Panja, who won one of the two silvers in the Pre-SEA Games meet, will be competing in the men's A class 45-50kg while Nanthachai, who won back-to-back Games golds in 2007 and 2009, will be
fighting in the men's B class 50-55kg.
Though confident of the high level of fitness and readiness of his athletes, Panu has some concern over the judging, reckoning it could deny Thailand the expected number of gold medals next
month."I have emphasised several times to my athletes that if they want to win, they have to make it clear and with a big margin.
If it's a close fight, it could go either way. Judging sport is never easy. I hope the judges will be fair," he said.The PSAT boss added that his team has been warmly welcomed by people in Yala
despite the problems in the deep South. They have had no worry over their safety or security and have been promised an incentive of at least Bt200,000 for a gold medal, supported by the private
While it's a "mission possible" for Thai pencak silat exponents to secure a gold in Myanmar, it will be an uphill task for the Table Tennis Association of Thailand to achieve one, as Singapore,
the regionalping-pong powerhouses, are predicted to repeat their clean sweep of the 2011 Games.
Fadhli Ishak News Strait Times
MUHAMAD Khairul Azhar Zakaria did his chances of making the Myanmar Sea Games squad this year no harm when he eased into the final of the Deputy Prime Minister's International Pencak Silat Cup
with a flawless performance yesterday.
Backed by a roaring crowd, the defending champion was rarely tested in a clinical 5-0 win over Vietnam's Nguyen Khac Nghia in the semi-finals of the men's 60-65kg silat olahraga category at
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall in Malacca.
Khairul, who beat Thailand's Hafit A. Davy 5-0 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, said he was delighted with his performance in the tournament so far. He will face Thailand's Sakda Omkaeo,
who upset Singaporean Muhd Nurshahrin Shahrudin 5-0 in the other semi-final, today.
"Nguyen was very strong and attacked with pace, using his powerful sidekicks. "I am very happy to have overcome him," said the 22-year-old. "It (the win) certainly gives me some
confidence to defend my title tomorrow (today)."
The 70-75kg men's category saw Vietnam's Ha Quoc Dat and Singapore's Muhd Nur Alfian Juma'en qualify for the final. Ha eased past Thailand's Hakrif Mahlee 5-0 while Muhd Nur Alfian edged
Nguyen Cong Chi Loe (Vietnam) 3-2 in the semi-finals. The men's 50-55kg category final will see Malaysia's Muhammad Faiz Nur Rosli and Nantha Achai Khansakhon of Thailand squaring off for
gold in the final today.
Their respective semi-final opponents, who were also their compatriots, Muhamad Faizul M. Nasir (Malaysia) and Adisorn Samya (Thailand) both pulled out. The move was largely seen as a
strategic battle between both countries.
LESLEY WEESSIES BEST FEMALE FIGHTER
At the 18th Belgium Open Pencak Silat Championships Bongkot’s Lesley Weessies was awarded with the trophy for the Best Female Fighter. A
great compliment for Weessies impressive performance in the finals against Vietnam. More gold for the Bongkot team came from youth players Cedric de Thomis and Kirsten Parengkuan.
Besides the three gold medals, Bongkot’s junior squad won two silver; one for Luna de Thomis and one for Nick Huesken in his first international appearance.
Also Bongkot’s senior squad managed to win two silver medal. One by Emil Nuninga (class J) in a strong performance against worldchampion Abdul Azrullah from Malaysia. And one by Jordy Weessies
(class H) who unluckily had to end his participation due to an injury, just before the finals against Indonesia.
The 18th Belgium Open Championship has once again proven to be a great international silat event thanks to the experienced organization, jury and
the participation of sublime silat fighters from world class teams like Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Indonesia has won the overall trophy for Best Team Performance
The Best Male Fighter trophy was awarded to Mohd Aljufferi from Malaysia
More than 120 players from 11 countries took part in this edition of the Belgium Open, under which countries like United Kingdom, Germany, France, Surinam
and host country Belgium.
More info: http://www.silatbelgium.be
Team Bongkot Harimau is sponsored by www.security.nl
DUTCH WIN WORLD SILVER AND BRONZE
The Dutch Pencak Silat team has managed to grab two silver and one bronze medal in the 15th World Pencak Silat Championship, held this november in
The three medal winners who represented the Dutch national team led by national team coach Johann Davids are Rion Rijker (bronze, class 85-90kg), Roy Schut
(silver, class 90-95kg) and Lesley Weessies (silver, class 70-75kg). Jordy Weessies and Martijn Houwerzijl both lost their matches in the semis against Vietnam. All are members of Bongkot
Harimau, trained and managed by Raoul de Thomis.
Two other Dutch team members, Samantha van Roosenbeek (55-60kg, member of Satria Muda) and Jeroen Oostema (70-75kg, member of Perisai Diri) made a good first
impression on the world stage, despite losing their matches against Brunei and Singapore.
Pencak Silat team Bongkot Harimau is supported by the
international internet security company Security.nl.
July 2006, Surinam. Bongkot trainer Johann Davids providing Pencak Silat training for a group of Surinam
pesilats at the central training-location of the Sana Budaya-cultural foundation in Paramaribo.
December 2011 - Three pesilats of Bongkot Harimau have competed in a trial with team Bali players from Bhakti Negara in Denpasar.
Pencak Silat is Indonesia's national art of selfdefence. Bongkot means: root, the beginning of everything. This style is created by the late Henri de
Thomis. It bundles practical values, a selection silat styles and Kuntao to a modern art of selfdefence. Bongkot is officially acknowledged by IPSI and Persilat.