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Jakarta Post

Tarung derajat looking for bigger stage

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sun, November 13 2011   /  11:09 am

Tarung derajat, West Javan martial arts, will enter the international arena as an official event at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

“With the support of eight ASEAN countries, we are confident that tarung derajat will be an official competition in Myanmar,” Achmat Drajat, alias A.A. Boxer, the 63-year-old creator of tarung derajat, said on Thursday.

For a sport to be accepted as an official the SEA Games event, it needs support from at least four countries.

The host of the next games, Myanmar, also supported featuring the sport in the biennial games.

“The heads of state from both of our countries have agreed to make tarung derajat an official event at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar,” said Myanmar tarung derajat team manager San Hlaing on Thursday.

Hlaing revealed that Myanmar’s head of state, Col. Thein Nyunt, and Indonesian President Susilo...