|We need to put more Borneo Warrior up here.|
Like many others people who started training in martial arts, I was inspired by Bruce Lee. His famous quote ” Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own” that is,
|Federal Minister of Youth & Sports – Khary Jamaluddin (L) and CEO of Tune Talk – Jason Lo (R)|
Base on this model, MIMMA held selections in different parts of Malaysia to select & choose fighters from different states to eventually fight in the ladder match & progress to the grand final. Tune Talk came in with the money, endorsement by Ministry of Youth & Sports & with the formation of MASMMA ( Malaysia Association of MMA ), regulation & rules are formed & implemented, these all contributed to make MMA a more high profile, better organised, spectator friendly, regulated, safe & structured sports.
The method of holding tryout in a few region is a recipe for success. This brings out talented fighters from every corner of Malaysia. Some come well prepared, some came to get experience & some came to test the water-found out they like it & even if they fail to be selected on that day, they can better prepare themselves & go for tryout at other location.
11-12 April, I had the privilege to witness the tryout held at 1Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. When it comes to MMA warriors, Sabah certainly has produce great names of Malaysian MMA, such as MIMMA1 Champ – Allen Chong & Adrian Tham, MIMMA2 Champ- Darren Low. ONE FC National Champ- AJ Pyro, Malaysia 1st Female MMA Pro Fighter – Ann Osman, other notable MMA names from Sabah are Richie Celestial Ismail, MIMMA2 finalist, ONE FC Pro fighter Rayner Kinsiong & Marc Marcellinus. These names also lend a hand as MIMMA technical team, helping out in the overall selection.
They are also leaders of their respective gym/teams & actively cornered their fighters during the sparring seesion.
|Technical team which comprise of some big names of MMA attending a briefing|
|Developing new generation of Wariors of Borneo|
|Allen Chong MIMMA1 Lightweight champ, he has turn pro. Seen here holding his daughter Lana..
potential future MMA Champ!
|Action packed days at 1 Borneo Hypermall Kota Kinabalu|
|The Gumbilai Bros Trios – (L to R) Douglas, Dylan & Vallerio.
Doug & Val went thru the pace & shorlisted…
They are grooming the young Dylan (13yrs) to be a MMA fighter.
|Don’t mess with the Lai’s – both qualified for ladder match. 2014 Sam manage to reach the qtr. finals where he lost to eventual winner Agilan Thani. This year Sam is more prepared and hope to see him as one that bring glory to Borneo|
KK was the 4th tryout venue after Johor Bahru, Kuching & Penang. The biggest difference is the numbers of female participants. Highly probably fuel & inspired by Ann Osman’s success in the cage, Sabahan female fighters has embrace the sports & came with good depth in skills & plenty of heart during the sparring. Female category is being introduce this year in the effort to unearth more talents.
Sabah tryouts also see participation of many fighters from surrounding areas such as Labuan & Miri. But the Foreign Pride category (introduce this year for non Malaysian fighters at catchweight of 7.30kg) did not see any participants.
|The Malaysia MMA princess & Tune Talk Warrior – Ann ‘Athena’ Osman, seen here getting the media attention, her presence in KK lending support to her team mates & motivating other female atheletes to emulate her success|
|AC Poseidon (L) with his prodigy Sunny ‘The Silencer’ Sabordino…whom is hearing impaired..
but this certainly didn’t hinder him from becoming a prolific fighter
Note: Pictures courtesy of MIMMA FB page & YK tang Photography
PS: a note of Thanks to Alief of the MIMMA Media team for the infor.
|I’m with Peter Davis. ONE FC star & Tune Talk Warrior currently at a
four fight winning streak. Keep it up Peter!