‘Muay Thai’, ‘wushu’ and kick-boxing. These are some of the common terms when describing fighting techniques or styles. Also in this category is judo, a sport of unarmed combat derived from ju-jitsu and intended to train the body and mind as it involves the use of ‘holds’ and ‘leverage’ to unbalance the opponent. The Sekolah Seri Suria Judo Club has been active in both national and international-level competitions for quite some time now and has garnered several titles over the years.
For the 19th National Junior Judo Championship 2014 held in Lumut, Perak last October; a total of 14 young judo exponents were chosen to represent Selangor. This 14-member squad took home a total of two gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Of these 10 medalists, four hailed from Sekolah Seri Suria with a proud tally of one gold and three silver medals. They were:
- Low Xin Qhay – Gold Medal
- Tan Jie Xi – Silver Medal
- Tan Jason – Silver Medal
- Wong Jin Xian – Silver Medal
The other major judo competition, the Sabah Invitation Judo Championship 2014, was held in Kota Kinabalu from 8 to 9 November last year. This international meet featured foreign exponents from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Of the seven Malaysian state representatives, three students were from Sekolah Seri Suria as they once again performed outstandingly. They were:
- Tan Jason – Gold Medal (Individual)
- Low Xin Qhay – Gold Medal (Female Team) and Silver Medal (Individual)
- Wong Jin Xian – Bronze Medal (Individual)
With such a remarkable track record, the Sekolah Seri Suria Judo Club has raised its own ‘bar’ so to speak, by aiming to have their talented youngsters take part in next year’s Sukan Malaysia or SUKMA 2015 Games and for them to ultimately represent Malaysia at the 29th South East Asian or SEA Games in 2017 which Malaysia will be hosting.