Caryl Lim and Nazri Sutari, two of our National development team wrestlers, recently competed in the MCC Land National Wushu and Sanda Championships 2017, held over the weekend of 25th to 27th August 2017 at Pasir Ris Sports Hall. Sanda, or Sanshou, is a Chinese combat sport which combines full contact kickboxing with wrestling, takedowns, throws, and sweeps.
Our Womens' National team member, Caryl Lim recounts her experience:
It was a particularly challenging tournament for me, not only because it was my first time competing in a different sport other than Muay Thai and wrestling, but the fact that I had to fight two other girls all in one day at a higher weight class of 52kg despite weighing in at 47.5kg. This meant having to strategize and devise a game plan that would not compromise my size disadvantage and yet conserves enough energy for me to finish the fights strong.
Despite having the odds stacked against me, I, together with my team mates Nazri and Steven from Wresting Federation of Singapore's affiliate gym Impact MMA, all managed to clinch the gold medal in our respective divisions, even defeating current national team athletes.
(From left to right: Caryl, Nazri and Steven posing with their gold medals)
Having practiced Muay Thai for about 5 years, I was not too worried about the striking aspect this time. However, the short 10 months of wrestling practice definitely helped a great deal as I managed to take my opponents down several times in spite of my small stature and size disadvantage. With these two combat systems in place, I was able to find synergy relatively easily during fight preparation.
Technical aspects aside, majority of the game is purely mental. It was nerve wrecking at first, as with my first wrestling tournament and first Muay Thai match. But having been trained as a striker and a baby wrestler had taught me enough to be fearless and to have the grit to go against all odds. Like my coaches always say, "train hard, fight easy". After all, I get hit in my face on a daily basis, get thrown all over the place and wrestled guys and girls who are technically superior and much heavier day in day out. The daily tough striking and wrestling training sessions definitely prepared my mind to be unafraid of anything and anyone outside of the gym, even if it's a real fight.
All in all, it had been an amazing experience in sanda, and I feel myself grow from the experiences as an athlete and as a person. Fighting is a life long learning journey, and it will only get better from here on.
The Wrestling Federation of Singapore would like to congratulate Caryl, Nazri and Steven of Team Impact MMA for finishing strong and achieving gold in their respective categories.