Kickboxing training

I train kickboxing twice a week together after abdominal training class. Sometimes we do coordination training which is basically punching and kicking air. Not too fond of that. But other times we do conditioning training which is very hard on the muscles or combination training, i.e. coordination training with targets. I like the latter two types of training more. Anyways, last night there were only 3 of us so I decided to video tape our training. SInce this is my blog, I've uploaded only my bits. This is how a typical training session is like. break down a final combination into smaller bits. Then combine everything into a final combination that may be useful in actual combat. Here's how it looks like:

First off we start off with a simple defending combination: Jab, cross, lead leg turning kick to the thigh ending with a hook punch.



Then we practice a simple, common attacking combination




Last of all, the two sequences are combined  to get this fighting sequence:



All in all it was a very good work out and a very good stress relief session! ;) If you haven't tried kickboxing for exercise purposes, you might want to try it out.

Men wearing gold and silk in Islam

It is common for men in everyday life to come across these two items in the topic above. The former in the form of gold watches, gold or white gold rings cuff links, gold pens etc... Silk normally tempts us in the form of silk ties, certain expensive songket and batik cloth, shirts etc. All these things are readily accessible to the average man so just as a reminder for myself and for the benefit of others, I've posted below an article in the form of an answer to a question posed by a reader of http://www.islamonline.net/, a website founded by famous scholar Dr Yusoff Al-Qardawi. This response was written by him and is an interesting read indeed.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

As regards your question we'd like to cite for you the words of the eminent Muslim scholar, Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, in his well-known book, The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam. He states:
"Beautification and elegance are not merely permitted but are required by Islam, and in general it repudiates any attempts to prohibit them. Almighty Allah says, "Say: Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has brought forth for His servants, and the good things of His providing?" (Al-A`raf: 32)

Islam has, however, prohibited two kinds of adornment for men, while permitting them to women. These are, first, gold ornaments and, second, clothing made of pure silk.

`Ali reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left, declaring, "These two are haram for the males among my followers." (Reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i, Ibn Hayyan, and Ibn Majah, who reports the additional phrase, "but halal for the females.") `Umar reported that he heard the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) say, "Do not wear silk, for those who wear it in this life shall not wear it in the Hereafter." (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim) On another occasion, referring to a silken garment, he said, "This is the dress of a man who has no character.'' (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) once saw a gold ring on a man's hand. He immediately took it from him and threw it down saying, "Does a person pick up a piece of burning coal and hold it in his hand?" After the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had left the place, someone asked the man, "Why do you not pick it up and benefit from it?" He replied, "No, by Allah! I shall not pick it up after the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) has thrown it away." (Reported by Muslim)
The same prohibition which applies to the gold ring likewise applies to what we observe among conspicuous spenders, i.e., the gold pen, gold watch, gold cigarette case and lighter, gold teeth, etc.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), however, permitted men to wear silver rings. On the authority of Ibn `Umar, al-Bukhari reported the former saying, "The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) wore a silver ring. After him, Abu Bakr and then `Umar and `Uthman wore it, until it fell off his finger into the well of Arees." (Reported by al-Bukhari) As for other metals such as iron, there are no sound texts prohibiting them. On the contrary, in the Sahih of al-Bukhari we find that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) advised a man who wanted to marry a woman to, "Present her with a gift, even if it be ring made of iron." On the basis of this hadith al-Bukhari inferred the permissibility of iron rings.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made concessions in the wearing of silken garments for medical reasons, as he gave `Abd ar-Rahman ibn `Awf and az-Zubayr ibn al-`Awwam, both of whom suffered from scabies, permission to wear silk. (Reported by al-Bukhari)

The Wisdom of These Two Prohibitions Concerning Men

By means of these two prohibitions which concern men, Islam's aim is to achieve certain noble educational and moral objectives.

Since it is the religion of jihad (striving) and strength, Islam must safeguard the manly qualities of men from any show of weakness, passivity, and lethargy. Allah has made the physique of the man different from that of the woman, and it does not befit a man to wear clothes made of fine material or to adorn his body with costly ornaments.

There is, however, a social aim underlying these prohibitions. The prohibition of gold and silk to males is part of a broader Islamic program of combating luxuriousness in living. From the Qur'anic point of view, luxurious living leads to weakness among nations and to their eventual downfall; the existence of luxury is also an expression of social injustice, as only a few can afford luxurious items at the expense of the deprived masses of people.

In addition to this, luxurious living is an enemy of every call towards truth, justice, and social reform. The Qur'an says: "And when We intend that We should destroy a township, we permit its luxury-loving people to commit wickedness therein. Then the word is proved true against it, and We then destroy it utterly." (Al-Isra': 16) and again, "And We did not send a warner to any township without its luxury-loving people saying, 'Assuredly we are disbelievers in that with which you have been sent.'" (Saba': 34)

In keeping with the spirit of the Qur'an, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade Muslims any indulgence in conspicuous consumption. He not only forbade the use of gold and silk to men but also forbade men and women alike the use of gold and silver utensils.
Finally, economic considerations also carry some weight here. Since gold is a universal medium of exchange, using it to make household utensils or ornaments for men does not make sense in economic terms.

Why Gold and Silk are Permitted to Women

Woman has been exempted from this prohibition out of consideration for her feminine nature, as the love of jewelry and ornaments is quite natural and becoming for a woman. However, she is not to use her adornments to attract men and arouse their sexual desires. According to a hadith, "When a woman puts on perfume and goes among people so that its scent reaches them, she is an adulteress, and any eye which is attracted to her is that of an adulterer." (Reported by an-Nasa'i, and also by Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hayyan in their respective Sahihs) And Allah Almighty warns women: "...that they should not stamp their feet in order to make apparent what is hidden of their adornment..." (An-Nur: 31)"

Can you kecek Klate?

The answer is no. But I can understand a few words. Recently I attended this course. The course had many speakers/facilitators and some introduced themselves with their state of origin and some not. It made it an interesting self guessing game when I was bored or was getting bored (as we always do during courses don't we...=p) to try to guess where the speaker was from based on his accent and erm... look. Admittedly, there's almost no way one can guess another person's state of origin just by looking at the face but with accent you have a better chance. In the end it turned out that most of the speakers were either from Kelantan or Terengganu. This lead to me googling a quick guide to Kelantanese so that if u ever find yourself in my situation, stuck in a meeting or presentation, bored you can spot a Kelantanese when they pronounce certain words differently and certain words mean something different and certain words are not even in standard Malay! So here's a short guide compiled by me from Wikipedia with some addition from me as well.

Example of how certain words in standard malay is pronounced differently in Kelantanese malay:
Standard Malay
Kelantanese Malay
English meaning
Boleh
Buleh
Can/able
Makan
Make
Eat
Apa
Gapo
What?
Saya
Sayo
Me/I
Nasi
Nasik
Rice
Beritahu
Ghoyak
Tell
Berlanggar
Blago
Collide/hit
Rambutan
Mokte
Rambutan fruit
Tiada apa-apa..!!
Takdok Gapo!
Nothing
Tipu
Wat lolok
Lie
Semula
Smular
Again
The easiest giveaway are when you hear words ending with "an", "am" and "ang". They usually end with an "e" in Kelantanese.
Standard Malay
Kelantanese Malay
English meaning
Jangan
Jange
Don’t
Lengan
Lenge
Arm
Ayam
Aye
Chicken
Geran
Gere
Grant
Pisang
Pise
Banana
Words ending with an 'a','o','e' usually (but not always) will be replaced by an 'o' (the 'o' in how you pronounce 'sore' and 'roar', not like the "o" in 'sow' and 'row')
Standard Malay
Kelantanese Malay
English meaning
Buka
Buko
Open/switch on
Mana
Mano
Where
Baka
Bako
Genes/breed
The "sabdu" or extra emphasis on certain consonants in Kelantanese usually makes a big difference to the meaning of the sentence.
Kelantanese
Literally translated to standard Malay
Actual meaning
English meaning
Ruput make kkambing
Rumput makan kambing
Rumput dimakan oleh kambing
Grass eaten by the goat
Tok ppaka
Tak pakai
Tidak boleh pakai/tidak berguna
Cannot be used/useless
Make kketeng
Makan kantin
Makan di kantin
Eat at the canteen
Kkecek
Kecek/pujuk
Bercakap
Spoke/spoken/speak
Baju ddale
Baju dalam
Baju dimasukan dalam seluar
Top tucked-in
Figures of speech is also a good give away:
Bunga bahasa
Standard Malay
English meaning
Yak!
Opocot!
Opps!
Deh?
Ok? (Biasanya untuk memohon restu atau persetujuan.)
 Ok? (to prompt permission/approval)
Gak
Habis tu.../Jadi...
Then…
Pah?
Habis tu.../Jadi... (Lebih kurang Gak.)
Then…
Ho (Bunyi naik ke hidung.)
Ya lah...
Yes, that’s right
Dock?
Bukan?/Betul tak? (Persoalan.)
Is that so?
Lamoke...
Nantikan...
Await it..
Then you have your strengthening words:
Kata penguat
Maksud
English meaning
Manis lleting
Sangat manis
Very sweet
Masing ppeghak
Sangat masin
Very salty
Pahit llepe
Sangat pahit
Very bitter
Mase ppughik
Sangat masam
Very sour
Tawa eber
Sangat tawar
Very tasteless
putih ssueh/ssembo
Sangat putih
Very white
Hite llege
Sangat hitam
Very dark
Biru kketu
Sangat biru
Very blue
Kuning nnehe
Sangat kuning
Very Yellow
Kenye bbonyah
Sangat kenyang
Very full
Come llote
Sangat cantik
Very pretty
Gemuk ddebok
Sangat gemuk
Very fat
Busuk bbanga
Sangat busuk
Very smelly
Hapok kohong
Sangat hapak
Very stale
Nnakut apah
Penakut sangat
Very easily scared
Ceghoh jeghiloh/bbole
Sangat terang/cerah
Very bright
Jatuh celabok
Jatuh sangat teruk
Fell very badly
Kuca hanya
Sangat bercelaru
Very disorganised
But don't let yourself be embarrased by misunderstanding certain words! Here are a few words that might get you into trouble by mean something different than what you think:
Kata
Maksud
Catatan
English meaning
Selalu
Terus
Contoh: Wak selalu = buat terus
Now
Rajin
Pernah
Contoh: Rajin gi = Pernah pergi
Have you…
Buje
Bujang
Masih belum berumah tangga dan teruna atau dara (Kelantan = nama lain bagi janda)
Bachelor
Kote
Kering
Contoh: Nyo kote = Kelapa tiada air
Dry
Patat
Dasar
Contoh: Patat sungai = Dasar sungai
Bottom
Minuman yang tidak mabuk
A popular  indigenous non alcoholic drink
Sia
Sembuh
Kedengaran seperti sial (celaka) / siar (sebar/siaran) Contoh : Luko ambo nok sia doh (salah faham : Luka saya nak siar [merebak])
Heal
Nyimpe
mengemas
Contoh: Mu ni panda ke nyimpe?
Putting away

So there you have it. My little guide to spotting and understanding Kelantanese Malay. It might not be very comprehensive as I myself can't speak it well. Have fun!