Though Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan wasn't able to reach his target of a top-five finish at the SEA Games, the 15-year-old wushsu opponent knows he is on the right path.
He finished sixth in two events and 10th in the other two, but Brunei's sole entry at this year's World Championships in Kuala Lumpur is sure to produce the goods in the near future.
Competing in his last event on Tuesday, when Brunei won gold in the women's duilian event through Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Ying Shi, Md Sufi was only able to finish sixth after collecting 9.61 points in the nangun (southern staff) event.
"My jumps were alright but I lost out in marks for peformance - I should have been faster and performed with better tempo," he explained after his final event at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.
"But it's a good challenge for me and I was able to learn a lot from watching the others here, some of them are even world champions.
"I'm young and have some way to go and I hope I can represent Brunei again at the next SEA Games," he said.
Youth has been a factor for Md Sufi and his brother Mohammad Adi Sya'rani, who at 14 is understood to be have been the youngest entry in the wushu competition.
Both are no strangers to success though, having won silver at October's Islamic Solidarity Games and August's 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships.
The brothers, who were unable to secure a medal in their SEA Games debut, teamed up in the men's duilian for another sixth place finish.
Md Sufi was 10th in both the nanquan (southern fist) and nandao (southern sabre) events.
The wushu competition ended a day before the opening ceremony, and the Brunei wushu team ended their SEA Games journey with one gold.