It was my first visit to sit inside the Stadium Badminton last weekend. I was there for 2 whole day to give support to my wifey who was participating in the tournament. I sat inside the arena for many hours and remembered the Korea's badminton ace player Lee Yong Dae who had played there too. Years ago, I was very fortunate to sit right beside him on board the Korean Airlines from Seoul to Kuala Lumpur without knowing his name then. I was wondering why so many people jammed the plane's aisle to get his autographs and photos.
1. That morning, VVIPS and participants from 9 countries packed the whole arena. It was an eye opener for me to know that there are probably hundreds of different variations and exercises that come under the Chinese Martial Arts. I am a banana, so my knowledge is almost zero.
2. I enjoyed this solo Lion Dance Performance which was good to thrill the audience with funny prancing steps.
3. I enjoyed the Wushu Martial Arts competition the most as it required excellent stamina and iron bodies to toss themselves all over.
4. I was very surprised to see many senior and veteran participants from Malaysia and overseas. This one was a group of aunties doing the Fan Dance exercise.
5. Many young children took part too. Why am I so lazy?
6. This blue clad participant is from Indonesia who took part in several events including sword play and Tai Chi. I nicknamed her Garuda Queen as she wore plenty of shiny stones all over her hair and attire with heavy make up complete with mascara.
7. Many grandfathers came to participate and moved so gracefully.
8. My wife won a SILVER Medal for her Solo Tai Chi category.
9. This is her group of Tai Chi Gang who are taking thrice weekly lessons from the China's Wushu Champion Master ~ David Bao. This sifu had won China's National Championship for many years and became a handsome actor eventually. He has moved to KL to teach Tai Chi instead on his father's insistence. The above group bagged a total of 16 Golds, 7 Silvers and 11 Bronze Medals in various categories.
10. I enjoyed watching the young kids from China who performed their Shaolin Martial Arts. Their discipline master was so fierce and always yelled at them besides spanking their heads with the sword! Goodness! Poor kids!
11. They are so well disciplined like robots in neat rows.
12. I could see that most of the kids have devoted all their lives to learn the art of self defense in China. Practice Makes Perfection.
13. I always enjoyed watching Chinese Acrobatics in China. Here, they came to KL and I was so delighted.
Hope you enjoyed looking at the photos.