Friday, November 25, 2016

The New Chapter is going to be a long one

Assalamualaikum, dear readers! ^_^

 It is indeed exciting to be able to blog again, after a long rest from doing so. I do love blogging, but it bothers me that I am not sure if I have anything much beneficial to be shared here. Till then, I will continue sharing my life experiences which I wish can benefit others in any way, in shaa Allah.

Why such a title? Hehe
Since the last entry was about my admission to CFS, I would like to admit that I am new here, although it

has been already six months, hehe. What I mean is, the journey is still long ahead. Alhamdulillah, I have successfully finished the first semester, with, I can say, quite flying colours. I think that I am finally feeling very comfortable with the course I am taking and in shaa Allah, will not change it.

CFS Gate
For the first semester, I have already taken 5 subjects, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Islamic Law, Islam and Other Religions, Basic Application of ICT and Writing Skills and another class named Study Circle. They seem quite a lot, but alhamdulillah, it was not as though as it seems. I am not suggesting that it was totally easy though, nothing worth having comes easy hehe. But I would say that anyone who works hard from the start and keeps praying for Allah's help can do excellently in these subjects, in shaa Allah. ☺

I've always been thinking if I should share some photos, but I guess it's okay. Here we go.

Let's start with the first class. First time seeing everyone for Intro to Law. We sat in a circle and played a game for Ice Breaking. Little did I know we were to be in the same class too for other subjects.
ICT Class, with our beloved, soft spoken Madam Faridah Hanem. Oh, it was Wednesday, to explain the white scarves and shirts.
All right, have to admit that this is my most favourite subject, Islamic Law. Our young lecturer, Miss Farhana. Really never going to forget this, our last night class before the finals. We had a quiz, and found out our midterm results. Hehe. Miss Farhana really motivated us a lot when she explained how the midterm will not determine our final results, so everyone would work harder for the finals. Thanks Miss! TT
Introduction to Law, ITL. There is our lecturer, Madam Siti Humaiyah. I learnt a lot in this class, everything I never want to forget. Things that make me ponder a lot. But I ponder a lot in other classes too, hehe. I guess this course just reminds me humans are overall humans. We wonder a lot, if things will work well in the future.
Writing Skills with Madam Hanita :) The class with the most memorable taaruf session and of course, unforgettable lessons for life. Congratulations Madam for your newborn baby :)
Aha, here it is. Islam & Other Religions class, with Ustaz Shauqi. I would say this class is the most cheerful one, always filled with laughter :D Never forgetting this class, taught me a lot about my faith.

Hehe, our class photo :') I thought it was compulsory, but it was actually optional, but thanks to this, I have something to look at one day :) The brothers, at the moment this photo was taken, went for their blazers, so we had our special photo first.
Alhamdulillah, I loved these subjects so much and it surely played part in performing better. Oh, did I mention that I joined Karatedo? Yes, believe me I did. I myself could not believe it at first, but it was my choice anyways. Why?

I have always wanted to learn martial arts. During my school years, I already wanted to join Taekwondo, but did not have the chance to. I have always had the desire to be strong and able to protect myself and people around me, and above all, healthier. Did I ever mention in the previous posts that I've no talent in sports? Hehe. That's true, I don't. When I couldn't do sports really well, except I enjoy playing badminton, I think that joining martial arts can be a great platform to keep myself fit, and live a healthier life. Therefore, when it happened that after Eid Break, society booths were opened to attract new members, I joined my friends to visit them.

I went to all of the martial arts booths; Silat Gayong, Silat Cekak Malaysia, Silat Cekak Hanafi, Taekwondo and Karate. When we reached Karate booth, we first, were asked questions hehe. That karateka asked if we were wondering what specialty does this club have, and we just nodded. They said that as a club, it is just the same as any other clubs- we'll need to pay fees, buy uniforms, attend meetings, bonding days and all stuff like that. However, if what we were looking for was to learn the real art of protecting ourselves, and preparing ourselves a strong, healthy body, this club should be it. They also mentioned the common preconceptions about Karate, where they only use hands and break bricks haha but that's not all karate is about! We do, use our hands a lot, but we use our body and legs a lot too, just like any other martial arts.
CFS IIUM ShitoRyu Karatedo Club AGD, as well as Eid Celebration :)

They said that there were students who seem interested in Karate and came for the first training, but then never showed up. Some already trained a lot, but  stopped in the middle. When we asked for the usual reason, they said packed schedule and loss of interest are very common. My friends and I exchanged looks but we could try first :) The senior karateka then demonstrated for us a few movements they learned in karate, allthough I cannot remember now which kata was it. Hehe. It totally amazed us when he explained the functions of such movements. The other karateka then told us that the sensei, always does a special session after every dojo, on applying the movements in real situations, and I think that part really piqued my interest. 
After dojo - When sensei could not come, senpais will come and guide us :)

The best part (how many best parts are there already XD hehe) was when the karatekas informed us that we can just come to watch first, or have a try and then, decide if we really wanted to join. They also said that we would not have to pay the fees or buy our gi (uniform) until we were decided. Hearing such good news, we happily filled in the registration form. A friend of mine, who used to learn Shotokan Karate told me that I had to think deeply before joining- she was afraid I couldn't bear the pain and all. She also suggested me to watch some videos before the first training, and I did, and felt that I should give it a try.

Yes, sensei is in this photo. When it rains, we would have dojo indoors.
And when we went for the training, surprisingly, I enjoyed it so much! After several weeks of coming to dojo, I decided that coming to dojo is currently my 'me time' when I can relax and just karate on. It's fun, it really is. Till now, alhamdulillah, I have never regretted joining karate and only dream to go further, although, I must say, the journey is still long ahead. The karate family too, is very fun, and I really enjoy it being with them.

Alhamdulillah too, in October, we went for centralized grading in IIUM Gombak, with hundreds more karatekas. It was so exciting to see little kids in their gis and they were already brown belt TT It's okay, it's never too late to learn something new. Senpais always told us this: The little kids are already brown, and that is just because they learned Karate earlier. Your journey starts now. It doesn't matter when you start, but how you go through your journey. :) Senpais are really good motivators. Senseis are, too.

Post grading photo shoot. White belts with senseis and a few senpais. 

Alhamdulillah, finished sharing so much :) I have so many things to always share but it's rather hard to find time to do so. I have lots in the drafts but only this one managed to be published for the moment. That too, this entry has been delayed for a week already hehe. I do have a plan to share about my Thinking Skills project for the current semester. In shaa Allah, will find time to do so.

Thank you for your time, and see you again! :) Assalamualaikum!


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