Meeting The Master XI

It was on Friday morning back in early 1998, a small thin, pale and nervously looking boy stepped into the Maahad Muhammadi Lilbanin (MML) field. He was eager to learn the art of silat, which he later knew as the silat Gayong.

Upon stepping on the cold and wet field, he saw countless of strong and tough figures wearing dark uniforms with different belt colors. Many were wearing whites and greens, and a few wore reds. At one side of the field, there was one person who put on a yellow belt. The person was the tallest as well, with a quite-well-built shape. So he must be the Master among the experts, the tiny boy told himself.

Abe Dee (on the left) is helping the thin boy.. picture taken from Nazmie’s.

The warrior was later introduced as Abe Dee (Cikgu Mohd Jamidi B Wahab). He is the person in charge of training  anak Gayong MML under the supervision of Cikgu Muzairi (Cikgu Yie). Abe Dee is a quiet person. Ironically, he roars really well in gelanggang. He would help these anak Gayongs mastering the syllabus as he is known as the walking encyclopedia among them. Usually the students would get the skills from him first before they presented them to Cikgu Yie. Cikgu Yie would validate and finalise the movements, of course gave some bruises and pains to them before they could move on to the next ones. huhuhu.

The little child learns starting from how to grasp in the fist to make a good punch and so on from Abe Dee, with the help of seniors and friends. Although Abe Dee is no longer teaching in MML (because the school admin changes the training day to the weekday and Abe Dee has working commitment to attend to), the little boy still find ways to learn from Abe Dee until today as the learning process is still in progress. The little boy is nobody other than me.

It has been more than a decade since I learned from Abe Dee and there are still plenty more to learn. I would say majority of my primary knowledge comes from him. There is nothing I can give to show my appreciation towards him. Only God can appropriately reward him. May God give him strength and passionate in silat so that he can continue contributing to my silat development and other silat members at large.

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3 Comments

  1. ambo said,

    September 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Abe Dee da Legend..hehe

  2. warid85 said,

    October 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

    baru kelik dr umoh abe di huhuhuhu

  3. warid85 said,

    October 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    i should continue the second part of this story, when the thin boy becomed the sensei to his friend…. i shall put it under tje title, My Guru 1 huhuhuhuhuhu


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