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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Silat can improve mental health

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TRADITIONAL silat in this day and age is used for improving mental health, general fitness and unity, said the co-chairman of the Traditional Silat Competition for Mukims in Brunei-Muara, November 4, 2013.

The art of silat was a requirement for self-defence, said Pg Hj Ali Pg Maon, in his opening remarks during the start of a district level silat competition among Brunei-Muara mukims.

“However, today, silat is also introduced as a sport, and is also used for fitness, physical and mental health, and unit,” said Pg Hj Ali, who is also the Penghulu of Mukim Berakas ‘B’.

Pg Hj Ali said that the competition is divided into eight categories, namely Cakak Open, Open Kuntau, Cakak for Veterans aged 45 and above, and Kuntau for veterans aged 45 and above, in both male and female categories.

The contestants - eight male and one female - will be representing their respective mukim.

Pg Hj Ali said that the winners will represent Brunei-Muara District for the national level competition, which will be held at a later date.

“Although we did not reach the target of inviting as many silat practitioners in Brunei-Muara District, we still hope that together we can produce high quality and excellent silat practitioners, not only within the country but also at a regional and international levels,” he said.

The Brunei-Muara District Officer, Hj Jamain Momin declared the competition open yesterday, and the resolution of some of the opening matches. -The Brunei Times

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