Karate Exponent Muhamad Arif Wants To Continue Domination In Asia

13/03/2024 07:15 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- National karate exponent Muhamad Arif Affifudin Ab Malik is determined to continue dominating Asia by going for gold at the Asian Karate Championship (AKF) scheduled in Hangzhou, China from Sept 20-22.

He said that he would use the 11th Southeast Asian Karate Federation Championship (SEAKF) in April as a platform to rebuild his confidence, after failing to be on the podium at the Karate K1 Series A Championship in Larnaca, Cyprus last February.

"At SEAKF, I need to secure the gold medal; it's crucial for me to bounce back. From SEAKF, I can build up confidence before heading to the Asian Championship.

"At AKF, I will compete in the 84-kilogramme category. I won that event at the Asian Games, so I believe I can have a podium finish; I just need to build confidence at SEAKF," he told Bernama.

On Feb 18, the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games gold medallist in the 84 kg kumite event, had to settle for a joint fifth place with Arslan Hasan from Turkey after losing 1-5 to Nikola Malovic from Montenegro in the repechage round of the men's under 84 kg category.

In the meantime, the 25-year-old exponent said that despite fasting, he is currently undergoing intensive training in preparation for Thailand.

He said that every day he undergoes training in the afternoon and evening, and he will only take a short break to celebrate Aidilfitri from April 24-26 since the SEAKF championship will take place after the Aidilfitri celebration.

"I really need to train hard because there are many aspects I need to improve, especially my fighting technique. I will discuss with my coach to focus on technique," he said.

On his status to participate in the Karate World Championship in Egypt next year, Muhamad Arif explained that he still need to accumulate qualifying points in certain championships to compete in this prestigious world championship.

He should participate in the Karate 1 Premier League in Egypt, but his world ranking position is still not sufficient to qualify for the World Championships in Egypt.

"There is another championships in Turkey that can earn me qualification points but I need to assess first. If there are available slots, I will join because my ranking is currently 44th. To participate in that championships, I need to be within the top 32 in the world," he said.