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Yahya brothers impress at Belait silat c’ship

BY AARON WONG

BELAIT - THE Yahya brothers were the stars of Belait’s first silat championship in conjunction with National Day last weekend, bagging three gold, a silver and bronze.

Representing Ikatan Pencak Silat Nusantara (IPSN), the three brothers, Alif, Afifi and Arif Yahya competed in the Kuntau and Solo Creative adult categories at the Seria District Office building. Alif, 19, bagged gold in both the categories he entered and was praised by the judges for his combination of fluidity, power, precision and speed.

“My brothers and I have been training hard for this contest, and we are excited to have performed this well. Me personally, I have my eye next on a contest in Negri Sembilan, Malaysia in September,” he said.

IPSN recorded gold in two other categories; the adult men's Silat Cekak Asli and the teen women's Cekak Asli.

Seni Warisan Pelangi (SWP), a Silat group originating from Seria, were the other dominating force in the competition, winning seven gold.

The remaining three categories were won by Pergah.

SWP trainer Ahmad Ismail was satisfied with their performance, but was left to rue three second place finishes.

“It is a step in the right direction for Belait to host this championship. They allow more opportunities for those that are still intermediates, or even those new to the sport, to participate and gain valuable experience in a competition setting,” he said.

Secretary for the Belait branch of the Brunei Darussalam National Silat Association (PERSIB) Fairulman Hj Bidin said the contest also serves as a platform for athletes from the district to showcase their potential to join the national team.

“The outstanding performers here are noted down by PERSIB Belait, and give us a framework to nominate athletes from the district to represent the district and the country,” he said.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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