In conjunction with Orange Day, Ring Cruiser from Taiping Martial Art Centre has organised “Muay Thai Aerobics” to teach women self-defence through a combination of Muay Thai moves and aerobic dance on Sunday, November 20. The purpose was to create awareness on the theme, “Stop Violence Against Women”.
It was a rainy Sunday morning when the event kick started at 8am at the Taiping Lake Garden. However, the continuous rain forced the instructor, Lim Tee Syan to postpone the event to 9am at the Taiping Martial Art Centre.
Muay Thai Aerobics is the first sport in Malaysia with the “first” title owned by Ring Cruiser, the organiser. The event was supported by International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA), Persatuan Muay Thai Amateur Perak and Perak Women for Women (PWW). It was the brainchild of Muay Thai coach, Diong Chea Ying and dance instructor, Lim Tee Syan.
Diong is a full time Muay Thai coach and an international referee. The latest match she took part in was the Muay Thai World Cup Kazan held in Russia and the IFMA Youth World Championships in Thailand, both as a technical official.
Lim is a full time primary school teacher, part time fitness dance instructor and student of Diong. Together, they came out with the idea to educate women on self-defence through Muay Thai.
The event hosted 35 participants from different background, gender and age groups. All of them showed up in orange shirts and sporty gears, ready to throw some jabs and kicks! Lim, who is always in high spirits, shouted commands with full vitality and led the crowd with her expressive body language. PWW pamphlets conveying self-defence and women’s aid were available at the registration counter. Towards the end, goodies bags were distributed to the participants and group photos were taken. To have a peek on what Muay Thai Aerobics is like, please log on to our Ipoh Echo Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IpohEcho/ ) to watch the video.