Archives for June 2010

Xtreme Martial Arts – Kickboxing @ Plaza Damas

Asha from Original Bootcamp does kickboxing at Xtreme Martial Arts at Plaza Damas in Sri Hartamas. She kindly organised a trial session for a bunch of us so we could have a taste of their sessions.

AVS Bathi led us through our session. Bathi, a World Kick Boxing Champion is also the Founder and President of the Malaysia Kickboxing Federation (WKA). Having represented the country many times for TaeKwon-Do and Kickboxing (and won several medals at that), you know that you’re getting the real deal here.

Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 01 Warming up Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 02 Warming Up
Stretching and warming up

Indeed, Bathi was an excellent instructor. Even with my poor coordination (AND poor comprehension of coordination), I found that I could understand what he was teaching, which is the mark of an experienced teacher. He was also rather strict, heh.

Besides going through some really basic kicks and punches (emphasizing on postures and stretching), Bathi also made us do lots of sit-ups, plank holds, burpees… Felt a bit like being at Original Bootcamp without the grass and mud, quite a thorough workout!

Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 03 Learning to stretch Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 04 Learning to punch
The steps before learning the basics

Very much enjoyed myself even though I was a bit dizzy from slight dehydration, but that’s another story. If you’re looking for a place to get your kickboxing kicks, I do think that Xtreme Martial Arts is a good place to learn your stuff. They also have other classes, e.g. TaeKwon-Do. As we were leaving, a bunch of guys were just about to begin their Russian martial arts lessons. They had large sticks, hmm…

Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 05 Group photo
Us with Bathi

Xtreme Martial Arts - Kickboxing - 06 Group photo
Us posing…

From what I understand, public classes are inexpensive. Something like RM200 a month and you can attend as many public classes as you want. Quite a good deal for what you’ll be getting, actually! If you have a group of 10 or more, you could arrange for private classes. For more information, you can contact them at…

Xtreme Martial Arts / Kickboxing
A-2-2 (A003) 1st Floor, Plaza Damas,
Parklane Walk Shopoffice,
Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel/ Fax: +603-6203 4749
Mobile no: +6012-232 6749
Click here to view Google Map

The day KY and I nearly died side by side

Sometime last week I had lunch with KY in town. We then walked back towards KLCC — him back to work and me back to where my car was parked. As we crossed the final main road to get to KLCC, suddenly there were lots of motorbike honking. We turned our heads to our left in horror … 10,000 motorbikes were headed towards us!!!

… okay, it was not 10,000 motorbikes but it sure felt like it! What happened was, I guess both of us blanked/ zoned out and didn’t realise that the traffic light had turned green. So you can imagine both our horrors as we were momentarily stunned there and could not move an inch as the honking motorbikes came nearer and nearer…

I looked at KY, KY looked at me and suddenly we both just RAN for our lives! The photo below is an almost accurate presentation of what transpired…

Suanie & KY & lots of bikes

Scary. Had the ‘life flashed before my eyes’ moment. We could not speak about it for a while. Could not stop laughing because we were rather shaken. Human reactions can be odd.