Martial Arts Festival ’04

martial arts fest

This is the annual martial arts event which spans all the
disciplines like karate, taekwondo, silat, wushu, and yes, even tai
chi. It’s held along a closed off street – I hear it’s always Jalan
Song Thien Cheok. I was caught in traffic congestion when they closed
off the street in the afternoon and cordoned off the entire area.

setting up

The actual event is held at 8 pm but they were already setting up
the stalls and preparing for the event way before the scheduled time.

little kids

There were lots of little kids…

senior citizens

…as well as some not-so-little kids.

molest tying belt

I saw little kids being molested…nah, I’m just kidding, the
instructor was trying to tie the belt on a funny kid who was trying to
run away.


There was also an ambulance there, just in case someone…oh, I don’t know, gets muscle cramps or breaks a fingernail. πŸ˜‰

tai chi

The event started with tai chi 18/4 (or something) which had
instructors getting a long line of people involved, as well as the
spectators. Watch the decidedly amusing clip here:

ma04 tai chi

Download: Tai Chi 18 4 video []

I promptly decided I have better things to do on a Saturday night after this, so I wrapped up the event. πŸ˜‰

team prep

The teams were on the sidewalk preparing for their on-stage performances.

silat food

The silat (Malay martial arts) group told me that performing is hungry work.

I watched the Wushu team prepare for stage:

ma04 wushu prac

Download: Wushu team practise video []

black belt guy

I got a black belt guy to pose for me…

silat pose

…as well as the silat group

Lest anyone gets any ideas that has changed its direction…

girls pose

…rest assured, I got some girls to pose for me too.

My vote goes to far left. πŸ˜‰

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