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Karate Exemplar Syakilla Salni Jefry Krishnan

Honored As Selangor Sportswoman Of The Year For 2014

 

Athletes that showed distinction at the nationwide and worldwide level have been recognized in the Selangor State Sports Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Villa Hotel. The occasion organized by the Selangor government under the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) endeavored to be glad about the contribution of individuals for their service in sporting distinction.

The annual occasion also serves as a channel for the new generation of athletes to get better the superiority and to give a superior name to the state at the highest level. The ceremony which was attended by nearly 500 guests was carried out by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, and accompanied by the Selangor Chief Minister, The Most Honorable Dato Mohamed Azmin Ali.

There was the presence of the Executive Committee (Exco) for Young Generation Development, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneurship Development, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, and the MSNS Executive Director, Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor. The sports award puts up eight main categories, including the Sportsman and Sportswoman Award, the Prospective Sportsman and Sportswoman Award, the Sports Leadership Award, the Best Team Award, the Best Coach Award and the Special Award.

Aquatic athlete of diving Chew Wei Yi was chosen as the Selangor Sportsman 2014, while the Sportswoman 2014 Award went to Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan in karate. The Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2014 each received a cash prize of RM5, 000, a trophy and a certificate of appreciation.

“I’m enjoying myself here. I’ve trained firm and I’m here to do fine. That’s what I’m going to do now and forever,” said Syakilla, a member of the national team since 2010. Syakilla plans to enroll for a course in culinary arts. “It’s my vision. I really cannot say why, but I would like to be a chef. I guess it is just an attraction for me and I want to chase it,” she added.

What is Karate? Let’s have a glance. Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It developed from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands literally “hand” under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically and in some modern styles grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called akarateka.

Karate can be practiced as an art, sport, combat sport, or as self defense training. Traditional karate places emphasis on self-development. Modern Japanese style training emphasizes the psychological elements incorporated into a proper attitude such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills. Sport karate places emphasis on exercise and competition. Weapons are an important training activity in some styles of karate. Karate training is commonly divided into kihon which means basics or fundamentals, kata as forms, and kumite as sparring.

Karate, although not widely used in mixed martial arts, has been effective for some MMA practitioners. Various styles of karate are practiced: Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir and Stephen Thompson are known for Kenpo Karate. Lyoto Machida and John Makdessi practice Shotokan. Bas Rutten and Georges St-Pierre train in Kyokushin.

Karate spread rapidly in the West through popular culture. In 1950s popular fiction, karate was at times described to readers in near-mythical terms, and it was credible to show Western experts of unarmed combat as unaware of Eastern martial arts of this kind. By the 1970s, martial arts films had formed a mainstream genre that propelled karate and other Asian martial arts into mass popularity.

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