Rene Catalan Welcomes Indonesian Wushu Team In The Philippines

Driven by their desire to capture success in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Indonesian national wushu team traveled to Manila to train and to improve.

With the help of multiple-time wushu world champion Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, Four Indonesian athletes namely Efi Dian Sofiana, Gunawan Sutrisno Putra, Jefri Arianto Utomo and Oscar Yaqut along with their head coach Agus Suprayitno, left their country to supplement their growth as a wushu competitor at the Catalan Fighting System training camp in Makati.

Under the watchful eye of the 40-year-old ONE strawweight contender, the two-week training which started last March 9 and ended last March 26 was focused on improving their wushu sanda skills and gaining new strategies that they can apply on the biennial regional sporting event which will be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 10 December 2019.

“It’s a privilege to share the knowledge that I have in Wushu Sanda to other people. All of them are dedicated and I’ve seen their hunger to learn,” said Catalan

“We’re working on drills and exercises for the meantime, and then we’ll focus on their discussing their opponents after,” he added.

“They have a huge knowledge in the sport as well. I’m here to share what I know and the things that they aren’t too familiar with.”

Classified as one of the best nations in Wushu Sanda, the Indonesian visitors are fully aware of the challenges they will be facing this coming November.

For head coach Suprayitno, Catalan’s assistance to his team gave a big boost as they are looking to secure as many gold medals they can get in the upcoming event.

“Coach Rene’s experience in Wushu Sanda is big, as he has been a World Champion for four times in a row,” said Supraytino, the Indonesian coach.

“We would like to be as successful as him in this sport, that is our motivation to practice in Manila with the Catalan team.”

“Our aim and purpose of training with coach Rene is to learn his wushu sanda techniques.”

Suprayitno also pointed out that Filipinos are the perfect training partners for his team as their hospitality and knowledge to the sport is next to none.

“We feel very special here, we are impressed with the abilities of the athletes and they are friendly and very helpful to us in this exercise which makes us happy to practice here.”
Suprayitno also pointed out that Filipinos are the perfect training partners for his team as their hospitality and knowledge to the sport is next to none.

“We feel very special here, we are impressed with the abilities of the athletes here, they are friendly and very helpful to us which makes us happy to practice here,” said Supraytino.

“We normally do our training in China and it is our first time here in the Philippines, but to be honest, we are happy with the result of our training here,” he added.

“We feel a very significant change regarding our improvement, endurance, abilities, techniques, and strategies. We will definitely be back here.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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