SWORDS came together, not in opposition, but in friendly competition as the participants of Malaysia Kendo Association and South Korea’s Changwon Kumdo Association took the opportunity to share skills and technique of kendo during its third Friendship Exchange Programme.
This year, it was Malaysia’s turn to host the participants from Changwon city for a two-day sharing programme over the centuries-old Japanese martial art.
Malaysia Kendo Association (MKA) secretary Christopher Wong said the idea behind the programme was to foster goodwill through the sharing of kendo knowledge and interaction.
“There is a Japanese phrase associated to kendo, which translates to goodwill through the exchange of swords.
“Kendo builds one’s character through the application of principles of the sword.
“With values such as discipline, respect, integrity and etiquette, kendo not only benefits you physically, it also moulds your mind, ” said Wong.
Changwon Kumdo Association chairman Jonathan Koo said the programme fostered a better relationship between Malaysia and South Korea.
“For example, during last year’s World Kendo Championship held in Incheon, the city of Changwon hosted the Malaysian kendo team prior to the games.
“It has helped to build friendship through interactions like these,” he said.
Also present was Changwon Sports Council business director Lee Lee Hyung.
Around 18 participants from Changwon and 40 Malaysian participants took part in the programme.
During the exchange programme, participants learned basic training and engaged in friendly matches and free sparring at the Sports Complex at TAR UC Kuala Lumpur main campus.
MKA was set up in 1971, with some 200 members at its main club and its affiliates all over Malaysia.
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