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Tournament: 28st National Senior Karate Championship 2008 Johor Venue: Stadium Tertutup Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, Johor Date: 7th - 10th April 2008 Event: Male Individual Kumite <60kg Bout: Semi-finals Results: Bronze Medal This was ver

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Tournament: 28st National Senior Karate Championship 2008 Johor Venue: Stadium Tertutup Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, Johor Date: 7th - 10th April 2008 Event: Male Individual Kumite <60kg Bout: Semi-finals Results: Bronze Medal This was versus a much more experience fighter representing Perak, Kunasilan, who was also a national athlete in the Malaysian Karate Elite Squad at the time to grab a spot in the finals. The first time I saw Kunasilan fight a few years before, he moved like a bullet to me. This was during my semester break during uni where I came back for training for a short while to participate in this tournament. For the most part in this tournament I slowed down a lot in technical speed long stop of training so I had find a wiser approach and rely more on tactic and strategy. For most of my bouts I played a very simple and steady and patient game. I admit, somewhere in the middle of the fight I tried exaggerating a contact hoping for the other side to get a foul. I got the foul for feinting... An element of football diving there. I had a stroke of luck in the last 5 seconds where I manage to land an attack. But if my luck was greater, the referee might've given 3 points for my the kick to the head instead of 1 point for the punch to the abdomen. But in karate, as in every path of life, you can't just rely on luck to make something happen.