SUBANG JAYA, 5th November – On the 5th of November 2016, UNITEN sent a team of 8 fighters to participate in the MASISWA Taekwondo tournament that was held at Taylor’s University. Two of the fighters managed to secure two medals in the Kyorugi section of this event. Sharveen Shan s/o Mohan, a 2nd year Bachelor of Software Engineering student managed to achieve a bronze medal in the Fly category, whilst Muhammad Shahir Munaqib Bin Harun, a Foundation of Mechanical Engineering student, fought his way to a silver medal for the Welter category. For the readers’ information, Kyorugi is the Taekwondo term for “sparring” or “real fighting”. Uniten did not send any athletes to participate in the “Poomsae” event, which is more to the artistic presentation of standard and advanced Taekwondo patterns.
Since the first semester of this academic year (2016/2017), the Uniten Taekwondo team has been under the leadership of Uzair Rom and Ameer Ashraff, who have both brought glory to Uniten with their share of medals and trophies, as well as being coached by Grand Master Moi Chee Keong, who is well known for bringing UIA’s Taekwondo team to glory from scratch.
Considering Uniten’s current Taekwondo club is mostly that of fresh faces, President Ameer Ashraff had this to say, “I’m quite happy with the team’s performance. Since under Master Moi, there has been a vast improvement, however there is still a lot of polishing to be done on their (the participants) behalf”. Sharveen Shan says he has been inactive from participating in tournaments for five years, and that this was a good comeback for him. “…it feels great to be back. I would like to thank Master Moi for his guidance, as well as the team for their support. I highly recommend everyone to try out and take part in Uniten’s Taekwondo club.” he said. Shahir Munaqib noted, “The last match was a tough fight, I had a strong experienced opponent and I’ll need to practice harder.” His epic win streak was put to a stop by a final year degree student from UniKL. NADi congratulates the team for their hard work and wishes them all the best for the tournaments to come.
Uniten’s Taekwondo Club (Putrajaya Campus), holds training sessions every Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-10 P.M. For more information, contact 013-3873886 (Hakim Master [Facebook], Vice President of Uniten Taekwondo Club)
Written by: Daniel Haziq bin Razol Mahari