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170 from six countries for Borneo Martial Arts Expo

16th December, 2017

LABUAN: The first ever Borneo Martial Arts Expo (B-MAEX) will be held on the duty free-island here end of this month, featuring at least 170 international martial arts practitioners and combat sport athletes from six countries.

The three-day international event from Dec 29 at the Palm Beach Resort Labuan, jointly organised by Labuan Wushu Association and Labuan Sport Kickboxing Association (LSKA) is sanctioned by the International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA).

Participants registered in the event are from Australia, Brunei, India, Philippines, Sweden and Malaysia. Its organising chairman Alvin Chong said the event sponsored by AFB Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd (AFB) will feature renowned practitioners and enthusiasts of muay thai, wushu, taekwondo, karate and silat throughout the event.

“This first ever event hosted by Labuan will soon become an annual event and is set to attract international martial arts practitioners to come here, and will be another tourism product for the island,” he said yesterday.

Highlights include live tournaments, exhibitions and seminar, featuring well-known speakers, Joshua Edgar (Director, Sport Colesium), Master Khoo Meng Yang (representative of ISKA, South East Asia), Alan Pond (ISKA Australia), Nazri Abd Razak (President of Sabah Muay Thai Association) and Master Adey (018 MMA Brunei) among others.

He said the exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for martial arts practitioners and combat sport athletes to compete in a positive atmosphere in the national and international arenas.

“It is also to cultivate the core values in martial arts, boosting sports tourism for Labuan, which has the potential to be the host of the event for Malaysia and to enrich public awareness on health benefits of learning martial arts as a form of self-defence and fitness,” he said.

Alvin who is also the LSKA president said the B-MAEX is a great platform for martial artists from different branches and backgrounds to come together to demonstrate their talents and skills to the public.

“This year’s event will feature an unprecedented number of combat sports tournaments to satisfy any martial arts practitioner and enthusiast including kick boxing (K1) for pro and amateur category, mixed martial arts (MMA), forms and pattern categories.

Another highlight is the first ever ISKA 57kg title of the Super 4 Fight tournament. Labuan home-grown fighter, Sunny N. Sabornido will be competing in this category and he is the first deaf professional fighter in Malaysia.

The event will run from 8am to 11pm, and will be capped off by live K1 ring fight and MMA fights.

“Besides the K1 and MMA fights, there will be live competition in forms and weapons and breaking, and we invite members of the public to come to witness the event,” he said. – Bernama

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