After our short trip to the mountain we got a bus back to Kuala Lumpur. The plan was to perform a Taiji demonstration and a Lock 9 demonstration with Guru Azlans students. When we arrived at the small mall where we would be performing we saw that a large crowd had formed around the entrance. Already there were Silat groups demonstrating. Also a group of Indians performing their native martial art Kalarippayattu. In my opinion their demonstration topped all the others, especially one staged sword fight with the use of the urumi a flexible whip like sword.
These two warriors danced and sprung lightly as they attacked and defended. Even though it was a staged performance they were going full speed and power.
Nigel Sutton stood by us and we watched the performances. We also saw a group of Lian Padukan students getting ready for their demonstration. Nigel told Vin and I to go and change so we could join in. A wave of fear washed over me as I panicked. We didn’t know what the Lian padukan troop were going to perform.
For those of you who are interested here is a link to a blog about Lian Padukan, it has a more in depth post about its history
We changed into our black gi and got behind the other students and marched onto the stage area.
Nigel Sutton said in a very stern voice just before we went on “don’t make any mistakes”. So we went on with only a rough idea of the program and managed to keep up and stay in sync with the other students.
After some of the forms we partnered up and I saw the other students practicing sparring. Vin and I pared up and took it in turns to beat each other to the ground. Both of us getting into the performance spirit and striking one another quickly and aggressively.
After the sparring which left me red faced and sweaty a few students took the center and performed some of the longer forms. While Vin, myself the other students stood back and watched. Soon Vin and I were called up to the center and the teacher gestured us to start. Vin was in front of me and I followed his movements. After a few moves I suddenly realized that I didn’t know which form Vin was doing. I panicked he was about to turn around which would mean I would also have to turn around. At that time I honestly thought the world was going to end. He turned and I had to look over my shoulder to try and follow his movements. My face felt like it was on fire I was so embarrassed, I didn’t manage to follow Vin and I cobbled together a form of my own. I just did some random moves and finished the form with Vin feeling like a prize lemon.
“I am really sorry that I made those mistakes” I apologized to Nigel Sutton after we had finished
“What mistakes?” Nigel said. He had not really noticed and when I looked back on a video which Min Sutton had taken, it didn’t look as bad as it felt. I remember my old drama teacher at school used to tell us ‘’ the audience doesn’t know your lines so if you mess up just pretend that nothing’s wrong, the worst thing you can do is to freeze’’
I just hoped that our next two demonstrations would go better.