I just wanted to share the picture of how Anak Gayongs looked like, once upon a time (thanks to Ayah Su for the book). I suspect that silat was really a hit at that time (it was not long after the black incident, 13 May 1969). People felt that they need to have ‘something’ to protect themselves, family and so on.
31 Ogos, Padang Kelab Selangor, Kuala Lumpur: Kekuatan fizikal adalah amat penting dalam memastikan ketahanan rakyat menghadapi sebarang ancaman daripada musuh negara. Kumpulan silat adalah antara kontigen yang mengambil bahagian dalam perarakan- Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia (Arkib Negara Malaysia 2006:102).
Today, people slowly forget that they still need to have that ‘something’. There should not be any lame excuses. For instance:
- People use guns nowadays- have you encounter any so far?
- I do not know how to do silat – that is the reason you need to learn it!
- I do not have time for it – you must make some time for it as it is not just for your safety, there are a lot more benefits from it.
- I am a girl- you’ll need silat even more than a boy need it.
- Is already late- better late than never.
- Silat is brutal- better sweat in the gelanggang than blood on the street.
Please do not make lame excuses. If you do not like Silat Gayong Dato’ Meor, join other silat. If you do not like silat, join other martial art. If you do not like martial art, do something that will protect you at the crucial time. We do the ikhtiar, and leave the rest to the Almighty.
I may sound a bit harsh. But in my opinion, that is the way it should be.
Arkib Negara Malaysia (2006). Citra merdeka 1957-2005: Buku cenderamata khas sempena sambutan hari kemerdekaan ke-49 tahun 2006. Kuala Lumpur: Utusan Publication & Distributors Sdn Bhd.