At the Asian Agri’s Clonal Oil Palm Production Unit (COPPU) in Pelalawan, it’s not just all work and no play.
Employees here have taken up the martial art of Hapkido, training and practising their moves in their spare time every week.
Hapkido, a Korean martial art, is a unique activity which combines moves from other forms of martial arts. In Hapkido, locking, rolling and kicking is involved, for the purposes of either self-defence or to attack.
This Hapkido Club at Asian Agri began in 2015. It currently comprises 15 members, all of whom are COPPU employees.
Leading the club are Ida Febriantine, Indra Setiawan and Triana Dewi Wulandari, who are all Hapkido black belts. They act as instructors at the Hapkido sessions, teaching all that they know about the martial art to the other club members.
Some members have already reached the red belt level – just a couple of levels away from the coveted black belt.
Members of the Hapkido club train twice a week after working hours on Tuesdays and Fridays, in a multipurpose room located in the COPPU main building.
Most of the members have taken up the activity to keep fit and stay healthy, while others view Hapkido as a useful form of self-defence.