IT ADMIN HEAD KHALIL ABDUL HAKIM USES CAPOEIRA TO STAY IN SHAPE
MARCH 25, 2019 @7.36 PM
Father of two, Kahlil Abdul Hakim or better known as Khal, is a capoeirista who found himself immersing into the martial arts after an initial interest shown by his son who wanted to join the classes. Seeing the classes as a way to bond with his son, Kahl soon went on to discover that Capoeira is more than just a martial art disguised under a dance.
It came with a background rich in culture teaching its practitioners about respecting the community, culture and one another.
An IT and Administration Transformation Office Head by day, Kahl noticed that he was gaining weight while working. Despite the runs and marathons, he was participating in followed by Brazilian jujitsu he was practicing, Kahl saw very little change to his increasing weight.
“With that kind of weight, I was prone to back and leg injuries and my posture was really bad.”
Kahl then started with changing his diet and rather than eat three big portions a day, he would go with smaller portions five to six times a day instead. With calisthenics in the evening, Kahl found the time to practice the martial arts at night.
When things started picking up, one of the instructors approached him to teach children and to date, it has been three years since he started as an instructor.
Capoeira among Malaysians
According to Kahl, Malaysians have not grasped the true understanding of the martial art. With over 10 schools around, only five of the schools actively teach capoeira. Every month, capoeira practitioners have a ‘Public Roda’; a gathering formed by participants of different training schools in one place.
“At this point, we are all seen as neutrals and even if you are new, you can still join and play with the experienced fighters,” says Kahl.
He adds that the experienced fighters would look out for the younger ones as well.
No age limit
With participants as young as three years old and as old as 46 starting their first class, Kahl enthused that there is no age limit when it comes to capoeira.
“I started at the age of 34 and it’s been four years ever since. Capoeira is all about flexibility and despite the common apprehension about stretching and hand stands, practitioners will still be able to perform simple hand movements and cartwheels. There are even handicapped practitioners who has been practising the martial arts for over two years,” he said.
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