Nhan Dan – Vietnam aims to win at least one gold medal in the Tarung Derajat martial art events at the upcoming 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia next month.
Tarung Derajat, or AA Boxer, is a new category making its debut at the biggest sporting event in the region.
The sport, created by Haji Achmad Derajat based on his experience as a street fighter in 1960s Bandung, Indonesia, is a full-contact martial art focusing on stand-up fighting, kicking, punching, grappling and vital point strikes.
Vietnamese athletes took home one silver medal at the pre-SEA Games Tarung Derajat Tournament held earlier in Jakarta on September 29-30.
So far, nine out of ten Southeast Asian countries have officially registered to compete in the sport including host Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Timor Leste, Brunei, the Philippines and Myanmar.