KUALA LUMPUR: Former top wushu exponent Ho Ro Bin has gone into acting since he retired from the national squad three years ago and his first action movie, Cinta 1881, is set to be released soon.
But Ro Bin has not forgotten his roots. The 34-year-old from Penang has joined forces with several former national squad members to organise a wushu exposure camp.
The others involved in the camp are former SEA Games gold medallist Lim Kim, Ng Chyuan Yih, Soon Ghew Keng, Lim Yew Yin and Jong Yen Lu.
The camp will be held at the Rakan Muda Sports Complex in Puchong and will involve two stages.
The first one for juniors between the ages of nine and 12 will be held from Nov 21-23 and a camp for seniors between the ages of 13 and 17 will be held from Dec 18-21.
The programme is for the participants to focus on understanding and learning the basics of wushu.
Participants will be given an opportunity to perform during the closing ceremony and supervisors comprising volunteers will be on full-time duty to look after their needs.
Each student will be given a souvenir bag, courtesy of Milo, upon registration.
The camp for the juniors cost RM200 each, including accommodation, while the fee for the seniors is RM280 each.
“The camp for the juniors will be restricted to 100 persons and we are limiting the seniors to about 130 persons,” he said.
“The camp will not just be solely on wushu. There will also be fun activities such as creative games, friendly matches and seminars on healthcare and nutrition.
“They will also get to learn about sports science and each child will have the opportunity to practise the basic skills of wushu that they have been working to attain.
“Response has been good thus far. We have also received non-Chinese applicants and this is a good sign as we want to promote the sport to all Malaysians.”
Ro Bin added that staging camps was something that he had wanted to do to help promote the sport.
“It is a healthy pastime and a parent need not spend a lot of money,” he said.
Ro Bin is the only Malaysian male exponent thus far to have won at the SEA Games, Asian Games, Asian Championships and World Championships.
After his retirement from comopetitions, Ro Bin had a short stint as a coach and was in charge of the Malaysian team who won four gold medals at the 2006 World Youth Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
Application forms for both camps are available at the Wushu Federation of Malaysia (contact Francis Yong at 03-20788478) and the Ho Ro Bin Wushu Training Centre (03-80763372).