He is not an ordinary master to me. In fact, he is one of the masters to my grandmasters (cikgu Muzairi and Ayah Su). I am really fascinated not only to his knowledge and skills in martial art but also his attitude and personality which resemble the true colour on how a guru (in my point of view) should act.
Pak Ngah Izahar showing some moves..
Last semester break, the Gayong Bachok team had organised a short course to enhance students’ skills in using the keris. For this purpose, we have invited the teaching team from Batu Kurau to enlighten us with the required knowledge and skills in this particular area. Alhamdulillah, we have learned something new and at the same time able to meet the old friends as well as the new ones.
The team involved in the course.
Back to the Master, He is known as Pak Ngah Izahar Batu Kurau. Not many people know who he really is as he always stays out from publicity and the ‘red carpet’. People only know his name and even if they meet him, they would just assume that he is no one, just a village guy. That is what makes him special.
Pak Ngah is among the few people who can still teach the ‘original’ gayong stuff. He is the second generation in Gayong students (along with Cikgu Majid, CIkgu Awang Daud and etc), learning with the Super-Grand Master Dato’ Meor Rahman. He has gone through a lot with Dato’ Meor before he become who he is today.
The training those days.. Acted by the Batu Kurau team.. huhuhu
Training silat today is nothing compared to the training that he had those days.. Imagine, a couple of hours used just for warming up.. For the silat practice, they would repeat the same movement again and again for weeks, before they move on to the next move. That is the reason they can use the movement in real.
Hopefully, we can take the opportunity available to learn as much as we can from him as he is among the few pearls still exist in Gayong..
More info on Pak Ngah Izahar (here)