PUNCHING and kicking their way to victory, the Sunway College-Monash University Shito Ryu Karate Do Club made an almost clean sweep of medals during several Karate Do competitions held recently.
During the 4th Karnival Rakan Muda Wajadiri organised by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), the club succeeded in bringing home four gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
In a separate contest, the Club secured an even higher medal count. At the Open Karate Do Competition organised by University Technology MARA (UTM), they swept up four gold, three silver and nine bronze medals. And as the icing on the cake to their individual victories, their collective achievements earned them second place for Team A and third place victories for Team B in the same competition.
While some of the winners are established competition profiles, several others are new to competing at university level. The newcomers include Jack Lim Tung Cheah of Monash University; Kamarul Ashraf, Victoria University; and Irshad Ahmad, Canadian Matriculation Programme. All are foundation year students.
In the Team Kata category, Jack Lim emerged the bronze winner, while in the Team Kumite category, Irshad Ahmad also won the bronze medal.
Jack received two other medals to commemorate an even greater victory. In the individual Kumite competitions under 55 and 60kg, he bagged the Silver and Gold medals respectively. Kamarul Ashraf's silver medal came from the below 55kg individual Kumite competition.
According to Zain Augustin, the Club's advisor, the students' participation in these competitions contributes to their holistic collegeeducation.
“While some things can be learnt from textbooks, a healthy spirit of sportsmanship and competition can only be learnt in the sporting arena,” said Augustin, who is also a senior lecturer in Law, Management and Marketing, Australian University Programmes.
“We want our students to benefit from more than just studying. Shito Ryu Karate Do exposes them to not just a practical martial art that gives them the ability to protect themselves, but also to learn a disciplined art form.”
o AT THE recent Sunway College 7th ACCA-CAT graduation, 184 graduating students did the college proud as a total of 89 ACCA students were conferred their degrees and 95 CAT students their diplomas. Of all the graduates, one ACCA and nine CAT graduates were from various provinces in China.
The ceremony also celebrated the academic triumph of 10 pioneering CAT students from Maju Commercial Institute, an affiliate of Sunway College in Johor Bahru.
Sim Siew Huay and Jonathan Yeow Hock Sing obtained Joint-Second Placing out of the 370 graduating Malaysian affiliates. Siew Huay was also awarded the Ernst & Young Award for being the most outstanding ACCA student at Sunway College for this graduating class.
Another 32 students also graduated with a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. Of the group graduating with the degree, nine of the students received first class honours while 17 others received second