Visit Kelantan 2016

This year is Visit Kelantan Year. The Department of Muzeum Kelantan has conducted quite a number of events in order to attract tourists all over the country. One of the events that was organised was calling different school of silat to perform live demonstration.

We were asked to do a silat demonstration during the school break holiday. The organiser had asked our silat school to show some moves for about a duration of two hours, consisting only five person (2 pairs and a single trainer).

Therefore our teacher had asked the senior practitioners to play. Perhaps these practitioners were able to drag the moves in order to buy some time.

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Tari by Syukri

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Live music

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Fadrul and Adi Syahid with their sparring pentas

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The picture was edited a bit as my tanjak was not properly worn.. huhu

On the surface, it seems that we are collaborating to do the demonstration. However personally, I believe that this event was also a trace to meet again my long lost friend.

I could not remember when was our last meeting but one thing for sure we had been working together a lot in our school silat committee during our schooling years.

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Lembing Feast

Last school break on the 3rd and 4th December 2015, we had the opportunity to invite Pak Ngah Izahar to Kelantan to conduct a course on the Seni Lembing.

The main aim was to gather the Anak Gayong Bachok who are still in touch although majority of us were not that active. It can be considered as a mini reunion to us.

In order to summon the members who have a lot of commitment to come and sit together, we have to frame a convincing bait to them. And the seni lembing course was one of the initiative.

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Alhamdulillah, although Pak Ngah was not as fit as he was years back, he was still manage to visit us here in Bachok. Credit also to Cikgu Zinan who has to take leave in order to teach us under guidance of Pak Ngah.

Akhlak comes first

Alhamdulillah, God permits me to see another dark side of a silat practitioner, and it is beyond my wildest imagination. Before this, I have met a few and only hear the story about negative people who practice silat.

The list of this kind of bad personalities is shamefully long.

blackheartThe beast (mazmumah) inside..

I believe that when Islam, Iman and Ihsan is put aside, everything that is practiced would somehow go out of the right track. In silat, Islam, Iman and Ihsan are all ingredients that build one’s akhlak (manner) to the perfection.

If a school of silat or a teacher brings you closer to the God using the path of prophet Muhammad SAW, then you are on the right path. On the other hand, if by practicing silat allows you to do bad things, then better find other one. If you are already a teacher or a master, nobody will bother to correct you unless you are humble to change. Then with God will, He would find ways to teach you.

  • If you are a Master but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you have wealth but you akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you have the fame but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you look ‘religous’ but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you are a great warrior but your akhlak is bad, you are nothing.
  • If you ‘look good’ but you are actually hypocrite, you are nothing.
  • The list goes on..
  • However, if you have the akhlak, you actually have everything.

Silat Sendeng

Alhamdulillah, I have now being transferred to Muar. I am currently teaching at a hospital here. It is a new perspective on how I see teaching is, and how it actually should be.

At the same time, I have been looking around on where I can learn and get some sweat in Martial Art, especially in Silat. It took me some time before I found one of the great silat that exist in Johor, which is Silat Sendeng.

Yesterday I had the chance to watch the Silat Sendeng Muar Postponement Ceremony for this coming Ramadhan. When I watched the demonstration done by the students as well as the teachers, I could see some patterns in their movements with what I have seen before.

 I have gone to a number of wedding ceremonies in Johor and the ‘bunga sembah’ is about the same. And now only I knew that the dance is coming from the same source. Silat Sendeng is widely spread among the community in the state, either among the youngsters as young as the primary school students or the old folks.

No wonder Silat Sendeng is declared as the official silat for the Johor state. According to the Bos of Sendeng Johor, they are the silent supporter to the state and nation. When a crisis happens to us (hopefully not), they will come out like Vendetta.. huhuhu

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Buka gelanggang

IMG_1256eThe speech from the Sendeng Muar Bos. The Sendeng Johor Bos is sitting in the Brown shirt.

IMG_1259eDemo from all the trainees

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IMG_1273eBadik Play, something new for me. huhuhu

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Insyaallah, I would further my study in the silat in the near future. It can surely eliminate some part of my thirst in learning the forgotten art.. huhuhu

The presence

Sometimes reading a comic can be educational too.

Based on this comic, it can be summarised that some part of the objectives in learning martial art are:

  1. To be able to know what presence is.
  2. To be able to read the enemy’s presence.
  3. To be able to eliminate one own presence.

How do we achieve the objectives? Find a good master who can fight not by mouth.  Surely he can guide you to be able to know the presence. It is not an easy road to walk but with the passion and patient, insyaallah there should be a way to success.

related post: Pintar Pintas

The skills in the pocket

A person may have a lot of skills that he has learned throughout the years. Or perhaps mastering a variety of skills in handling weapons with a collection of them in the wardrobe. Some are written nicely in the manual book or being recorded in the hard disk in order to capture the memory so that it will not fade in the future .

However, usually people don’t carry them all in their pocket, in case they face an emergency. This is when a person need to choose which one he prefers the most. The one he is comfortable with and the one that he believes most effective among all that he has.

Then comes the practice to sharpen the skills in order to create better confidence when he encounters the real situation. The training should be made countless time until the person can do them in any situation with anybody even with the eyes closed!

Some martial art schools do not have much many moves yet their few moves are practical in many situation. The key secret is the drilling until it ripes. They need to really master just a few moves in order to survive.

On the other hand, Silat Gayong is known for its countless number of movements in its syllabus. Furthermore, the syllibus can be vary from one master to another. However the disciple (including me) might be trapped in trying to grasp the skills as much moves as he can. At the end of the day, the disciple might become Jack of all trades, master of none. Poor him…

This situation usually happens to the amatuer level. If something bad happens, he starts blaming his teacher or the school that he went for not preparing him well to the real world. He himself should be blamed first for believing that quantity means quality which rarely true. Poor him…

Quality is the priority  and quantity means bonus. It is like having a pocketknife in your pocket which is already ok, but having a multi-tools swiss army knife or perhaps a few more gadgets is a bonus. However, having a picture of knife in your pocket which you think as a real one might give you a big problem!

What he should be doing is finding the one that he really likes and practise it until he becomes one with the moves. He should make the muscles in the body save the data (not the youtube). It will come out automatically (with the will of God) when he needs it.

The great thing being in Gayong Meor Rahman is that you are able to choose, from different schools to different teachers to different hundreds or thousands of moves. Don’t be too greedy to master all at once. But be greedy to learn and preserve the art. The masters are losing their age. Better we be hurry or else it will be too late.

Perlahan-lahan makan anak Sayang
Jangan sampai tercekik paku seluruh alam.

(Oh Anak!, Phoenix Bangkit, 2001)

Besilat means able to hit and not being hit (too much), the others are just the accessories. At least that is what I syoksendiri believe, Therefore, put a few skills in your pocket so that you won’t get embarrassed  if you encounter a fight on the street (with the will of God). huhuhu

Picture taken from (here– the writer has also written a critical review on silat)

Meeting The Master XVII

It started when Pak Ngah Izahar suggests me to find a teacher of his batch who is now hold the Gayong organization in Johor. He is Cikgu Mohd Noor bin Haji Abdul Samad. Because of some of hindrances, the intention was postponed for years until these few weeks.

It is quite weird when I manage to travel for quite some distance to watch students practicing and I did not realise that there is a Gayong gelanggang in my residential area, just a stone trow away from my house. I should now be more greedy to learn from both gelanggangs. The interesting part was that the instructors are the active Gayong Malaysia members under Cikgu Mohd Nor. What a bless.

Cikgu Mohd Nor, picture taken from the website of Gayong UTM.

Tracking him down the net was quite impossible because I could not find any story about him. Although he is among the early batch who learn Gayong in Singapore, not many seems to know him. I guess only those who learn along with and under Cikgu Mohd Nor know who he really is.

The word of wisdom that came out from his mouth really excites me. It makes my decision to apply for a transfer to my hometown shakes pretty hard. Getting the big picture on how he approaches the syllabus tailors pretty much on the late Grandmaster’s way has made me think even harder. Then, he assures me with one statement, “Be confident with the destiny, we can’t do anything about what had happened. And the good things are everywhere, you don’t have to worry about it.”

He practices the wisdom of timba mencari perigi. Furthermore, he is really strict in pouring his knowledge and skills to others including to his students. The courses were rarely held as to make students master what were being taught first. Only the chosen ones were able to join, not openly held to everyone. All of the classes and courses were kept almost under the radar. He prefers being low profile as nobody although he is somebody in Gayong.

Hopefully I can learn something valuable from him or at least from his apprentices. His way of looking at the Gayong knowledge has opened a new perspective from how I saw the school back then. More input from him is needed and really appreciated in order to widen my horizon and view to my own self, Gayong and the world at large.

The evolution of Pusaka Gayong Badge

The badge of Pertubuhan Seni Silat Pusaka Gayong started with this one, I guess. I had not started learning gayong yet at the moment. My seniors a year or two before me used this badge. I only managed to grab the last stock of the Gayong Bachok t-shirt which has the badge. The shirt is now worn out and in pretty bad condition. huhuhu

Lencana Pusaka Gayong 1: The yellow dragon on my torn shirt..

When I joined silat during my schooling years, the badge that I got was the lion edition (below). Some other version of this badge that I saw was the white sea, instead of blue.

Lencana Pusaka Gayong 2: The lion version on my training uniform.

Then when I moved to Kuala Lumpur, they use the latest edition of the badge. The badge is used until now. However, I am kind of stuck with the second badge. Perhaps it has more sentimental value compared to the latest one. huhuhu

Lencana Pusaka Gayong 3: The lion in the dragon badge that I keep..

The exact date on when these badges change as well as the story behind it remains mystery to me. Maybe someone can enlighten me on this? huhuhu

Meeting the Master XVI

I had a trip during the last school holiday to my wife’s place, Kuching, Sarawak. Coincidentally (by the will of God), I met  one of my masters, Cikgu Hakim, my gayong friends during the varsity days, Ust Hakimi and Ust Firdaus, Cikgu Abdul Azami (PSSGM Sarawak) and Ataillah (Cikgu Hakim’s student). All of them are great figures. I am really lucky to meet them.

from the left: Me, Ust Firdaus, Ust Hakimi, Cg Hakim, Cg Abdul Azami, and Ataillah. picture taken from Cikgu Hakim’s blog

The meeting has led me to search for the origin of Gayong in Sarawak. With the help of Cikgu Azami, I was able to trace down one of the main characters, Cikgu Uthman b Haji Ramli, the Yang Dipertua PSSGM Sarawak. My wife and I went to his house which was also his gelanggang during the night of the training.  It is situated at Taman Malihah.

According to Cikgu Uthman, the gelanggang is called Gelanggang Rosli Dhobi, a well known independence fighter for the country especially in Sarawak. Allayarham Rosli Dhobi is a very close relative to his family, from Cikgu Uthman’s side. Therefore, there is no doubt that the warrior’s blood flows in warmly in the family.

The training, they are lucky to have a very good conditions to excel.

With Cikgu Uthman

When we arrived at the gelanggang, we got a warm welcome from the family. Cikgu Uthman and his wife, Puan Sa’adiah Binti Salleh (we address her as makcik- as a polite way as we don’t know her name yet at the moment). In front of the house, there were students having their warming up, the tough one I guess, at least for me. Then they move on to more aggressive movements. huhuhu.

We listened to both Cikgu Uthman and Puan Sa’adiah on how Gayong was brought and developed in Sarawak. And how their son’s passionate in silat has made Gayong in Sarawak great (Cikgu Khawar-  I was a bit unlucky because he was already went back to his working place when we arrived). The sweet and bitterness that they have faced in order to succeed. Insyaallah God will always help those who are walking in the right path.

for more info on Cikgu Uthman and PSSGM Sarawak, kindly refer here.

Credit to Mr google map my wife for showing me the direction to the place. huhuhu

Backflip

Backflip refers to the act of doing a backward somersault, especially in the air. I am not sure of the term in Malay as we usually use the term ‘back’ or ‘backflip’ when we are reffering to the action. Perhaps the experts can help me in giving the right Malay term for such action.

The last couple of weeks, the saujana Gayong members had a bit of the training on the acrobatic movements at the end of the session. It included the backflip exercise. I am really bad at these kind of stuff and other stuffs as well. Thus, I would just prefer watching and taking pictures at the side. huhuhu

Warming up session..

Doing it with the hand first

Jumping up high..

and wohaaa

Kids, do not try this at home unless supervised by an adult! huhuhu

Routine @ Kg Dusun Durian

I had the chance to join the training at Kg Dusun Durian, Kelantan last week. Despite the training was on Monday night, I was able to make it as I had the Maulidurrasul and Thaipussam break back in Johor.

The elders watching from the side

It was a chill training whereby not many turned up as some were beaten to death during the SUKMA selection competition. Anyway, congratulation to all who have made the team a great opponent. The bronze medals were not bad at all for the first timers after leaving the field for so many years. We’ll make a comeback in the years to come insyaallah.. huhuhu

Allahumma baariklana fiima razaktana

This was actually what happen during after the training. It was indeed a delicious way to end our training with Curry Noodles of course, the Ciksu’s recepi. Jazakallahu khairan kathira.. huhuhu

Karnival Silat DUN Panchor 2012

It was nearly afternoon when I arrived at the Silat Carnival. I was not in rush as the venue was beside SK Sering, really close to my house. Unfortunately, the silat team from my previous secondary school had just finished performing their demonstration at the moment I arrived. I am not sure whether I was unfortunate or actually the other way around for not being able to watch their performances. huhuhu

The crowds were not that many as the target group was just the people from the nearby villages, to be specific, under the DUN (state legislative assembly) Panchor.   According to the organiser (under the Panchor assemblyman, Dato’ Mohd Amar Bin Nik Abdullah) , there were about 10 school of martial arts were invited to perform in the carnival.

Boxing’s langkah sembah (opening dance) before the real sparring

The sparring from the silat boxing

The movements with inner strength and breath from Silat Tapak Suci

There were a variety of Malay martial art schools performing in the carnival, such as Silat Jatuh, Silat Seni, Silat Tempur, Silat Batin and Tomoi. The traditional gendang silat from two groups were also being played alternately throughout the events.

Silat Tongat

3 versus 1, from Silat Sekebun Bunga

Pentas Keris from PSSPGM

The Gayong team from SMU Panchor did a good job in their pentas. A bit more sweat and blood in their practice would make better. The tomoi or boxing partners also taugh. Although it was just a light sparring, some of the movements were really solid.

The silat dance by a master before the sparring

The Silat Jatuh performances from various schools were also great. A lot of their flowery movements consist of hidden philosophy and meaning. However, a couple of pairs really spoiled my mode. Although their movements were unquestionably great, I think that the performances were too much of comedy acts.

Silat putut (sticky like the glutinous rice)

Silat jatuh (ground work@grapling)

Perhaps their real intention was to entertain others especially the women and children. However, I do not think that silat should be known as something funny as we are not in the colonial era anymore. Silat should be known as the protector and pride to its practitioner.

The last performance to close the carnival, by two grandmasters.

I believe that this kind of event should be made as example to the other places in Kelantan or Malaysia in general. This event will eventually bring up the name of the local martial arts especially the traditional and low profile ones. It can also motivate the young generation to participate and contribute in continuing the legacy of our ancestors.

more pictures (here)

P/s: The weather was perfect all day long. The sun was gloomy, hidden behind the thin clouds which gave enough shade to the participants and audiences of the carnival. Later that day, I was told that Tok Guru Hj Hussin Ibrahim Lubuk Tapak has gone meeting the God. No wonder the feel and mode was a bit melancholic. Al Fatihah.

Social Visit

We had a chance to meet up at Pak Ngah Izahar’s house. As usual, we had a lot of eating and chatting, less sweating and suffering. huhuhu

Insyaallah, we’ll make time to meet them in the near future. huhuhu

Year End Party

On the night of 31st December, the PSSPGM SKTSS had organised a party to close the year 2011. Thanks to the organising committee for all the great service, finger licking food and special presents.

Preparing the bbq and ect.

Amin..

A short speech from the teachers.

After eating, all of us got the draw lot prizes..

The organising and teaching team for PSSPGM Saujana 2011..

Take the thorns and bitter bits of the past as valuable experiences. Lets move on to the New Year with enthusiasm under God’s mercy and blessing. Treasure the time spent for silat as a platform to gain knowledge, skills and experience in all aspect of life. Make full use of the opportunities that come. The time that has passed will not come twice. Zatt

On The News

As a reporter from Utusan Malaysia came to the closing ceremony for the Perdana Pusaka Gayong Johor that we had before (here), we were expecting that the news to come out a couple of weeks after the event. However, we were left in dark. Nothing came out at all.

 After nearly a couple of month after that, I was told that a short news about the event came out in Utusan and Berita Harian. Better late than never. A few days later, the news came out again in Kosmo. It was a full page news. huhuhu

Kosmo, Wednesday 21st September 2011

I believe that it was a good prospect to promote the art to all. There were a lot traditional silat school in Malaysia and it is sad to see that some lack the successor or even the trainees to carry on the tradition. The school might end up buried in the grave with the master if nobody cares to learn the art from them. Hopefully the news can trigger the spirit of warrior in them and make them learn the art with heart spirit.

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