It took some time to contact everyone, but hey! It’s finally out!!!! SingaporeWushu.com will like to thank everyone who participated in this interview series, especially since many were preparing for their upcoming exams. It’s not an easy task, to juggle academic and sports, but when one puts his/her heart into doing something, everything else fades into oblivion. The Singapore IVP Wushu Comp medalists have earned their place through blood and sweat; and every competitor in IVP has taken back experiences to remember. So no matter whether the results are bitter or sweet, always remember that our experiences are worth celebrating and sharing.
SingaporeWushu.com is proud to present the Singapore IVP Wushu Comp Interview Series!
Next in the interview series, we have the wushu team from Nanyang Technological University!!
Soh Hwee – Traditional Xiangxing Quan Female, Gold
Timothy Chan - Traditional Fanzi Quan Male, Gold; Traditional Short Weapon Male, Gold
Samuel Ee – Traditional Double Weapon Male, Silver; Traditional Nanquan Male, Bronze
Liu Chang - Traditional Changquan Female, Gold; Traditional Short Weapon Female, Gold; Traditional Long Weapon Female, Gold
SingaporeWushu.com: Congratulations on your results for IVP 2011 Wushu!! I’m sure it must have been an exciting experience. How do you feel, being able to achieve what you have done?
Timothy: It was my first time competing in the IVP and I was looking forward to exposure and experience rather than achievement. Thus, I was really surprised and happy that I managed to attain both the expected and the unexpected.
Samuel: I am glad that my effort have paid off, and that this event ended off on a positive note for me.
Soh Hwee: I feel satisfied that I have pushed myself to the limits on that day.
SW:What was the most memorable moment during the competition?
Tim: Meeting up with long-time-no-see friends! =D
Sam: To cheer for my teammates and spur each other on.
SH: I was having bad period cramps on that day that I vomited right after my Eagle Claw Routine. My parents were there to support me. The most memorable moment was when my tassels of my double sword were tangled, my boyfriend and my dad hugged me and said this, “Even God is helping you. He doesn’t want you to feel more sick so your tassels were tangled to stop you from continuing pushing your body.” When I heard this, I just teared uncontrollably.
SW: Any celebrations for your achievements?
Tim: Dinner treat by our coach! =)
SH: Just a simple dinner with my friends.
Sam: Not really, I had a good rest to recover from the stress built up over the weeks of training.
SW: You must have gone through intense training in order to get to where you are. How were your training sessions like? What/who motivated you to go through the tough training?
SH: Trainings for three to four times a week. It was not as intense as compared to my polytechnic’s training period as I’m in NTU now. There is definitely more workload to cope with. My mentality and self-discipline plays a big part in motivating me.
Sam: Training is around 4 to 5 times a week. The focus for each training can be different, as there are different aspects to work on, such as rhythm, form, physical fitness etc. As I have been out of competition for a few years (due to national service), being able to compete again is a motivation itself. Other than that, support from coach and teammates from NTU, as well as family members and seniors of my club were also my source of motivation.
Tim: Had training in school on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as external trainings on Fridays and Sundays.
SW: Were there any single incidents that stood out during the training?
Tim: Yes! There was one training session in school when I did a total of 7.5 sets of routines in 2 hours and I vomited 3 times! Well, thanks Qi Yun (Our volunteer coach)! XP
Sam: There was no notable single incident. Training were tiring, but there were fun and candid moments as well.
SW: Aside from preparing yourself physically, it is important to prepare yourself mentally. How did you prepare yourself mentally?
SH: Always look at the competition positively. ^ ^
Sam: Many mental strategies were involved in the preparation. For example, to prevent choking, it is important to relax during the competition (to a certain degree of course), and one way is to treat it like a practice session (other than the atmosphere, there is really no difference between competition and practice!).
Tim: Definitely! I always set a realistic goal for myself and visualize that I have actually achieved it. Imagining success gives me the motivation to push myself beyond my limits. >.<
SW: Did you get nervous before the competition? If so, how did you deal with it?
Tim: Of course, especially when you see other competitors showcasing their routines! Well, I will listen to some pop music while waiting for my turn to calm myself down and to build up some momentum before executing my routine.
Sam: Yes. Nervousness is all in the mind, and it is what makes participating in a competition exciting. The perception of nervousness is more important than the experience itself, so I try to see nervousness as a way to psych myself up for the routine. I also try to regulate it by staying relax (as mentioned in the question above).
SH: I started to feel nervous only when they called my number. I told myself that I need to focus and do whatever is needed of me.
SW: It is important to enjoy what you do in order to achieve great success. What do you enjoy the most about wushu?
SH: The satisfaction feeling when I am able to perform in front of everyone and doing difficult jumps successfully.
Sam: To be able to successful mastered the moves required, and express it.
Tim: It is not only a sport but also a form of art.
SW: Do you have a philosophy in wushu or in life?
Tim: Hard work is directly proportional to success and there are no shortcuts in life. Treat all setbacks as learning experiences and they will make you a stronger person.
Sam: Focus on the right things at the right time.
SH: No pain, no gain.
SW: Any final thoughts you will like to share or advice to give?
SH: Stay open minded to help the standard of Singapore’s wushu to improve. Not selfishness and unhealthy competition among competitors.
Sam: With hardwork, training, feedback, time, passion, good nutrition and rest, self-reflection, abit of luck, and many more…anybody can perform well during competition! Good performance in competition is multi-factorial; some can be easily controlled, whereas some are not. We should take proactive approach to identify what are they and develop strategies for it.
Tim: Study hard, train hard, work hard and most importantly, PLAY HARD! Woohoo~ =D