|Sunny pounding Hassan at the ladder match
(Photo by YK Tang Photography)
Sunny likes to view his aspect as being Deaf on equal footing with everyone else. It’s not about being unable to hear. It’s about how this sporting event can be played out. He doesn’t want anyone who are hearing to view him as “Aww”, “Inspiration”, “Wow, Deaf person can do this!”. He wants everyone to treat him equal just like they would everyone else. He loves being Deaf, what he does with his life and being a positive role model for other people, including children in schools just like he was inspired by Matt Hamill, for instance. What a great positive attitude he has!
|Referee Oliver Coaste communicates with Sunny via basic hand signs (Photo by YK Tang Photography)
Question 1. What made you pick martial arts as a sport? Why not soccer or any other sport?
Sunny used be active in sports like track & field, basketball, etc. but he hasn’t had much opportunity to represent in those sports. He had learned Taekwondo, Karate & boxing, but whatever he learned was very limited due to his Deafness. This was the case until Sunny came to know Borneo Combat Gym through a Deaf friend of his. Sunny, then decided to join BCG. Coach AC Poseidon (The founder of BCG) saw a lot of potential in Sunny and spent a lot of time teaching him. Coach AC has also learned sign language to communicate with Sunny.
Question 2. What is the most difficult thing you have ever experienced when involved in the battle cage?
The most difficult part of a fight is when he is unable to get instructions from Coach AC. This often happens when the opponent tries to block Sunny, so Sunny can’t get any guidance from Coach AC. This is the worst experience because he ends up having to fight alone.
Question 3. What is your biggest goal you hope to accomplish during your involvement with MIMMA, and why? Do you think about inspiring Deaf people?
Sunny had lost during quarter final in MIMMA. Sunny will overcome all the obstacles to prove himself and keep on fighting. Winning or losing doesn’t matter, it is about discovering ourselves and achieving another level in life. Sunny is a normal person like everybody else, but Sunny works hard all day and train hard at night. He wanted to let everybody know that Deaf people can achieve anything if they want.
This interview was conducted through Sunny’s coach, A.C.