L'exposition de la Malaisie: 2004
Gayong does exist in New Zealand. The reality is that Gayong exists everywhere, as long as there is Anak Gayong, there is the Gelanggang. Che Det, as he introduced himself to me, is a new Gayong student. But what surprise me is his motivation, trying to set up a group of Anak Gayong there. It reminds me to Srikandi Izdza and Panglima Taro, who contacted me for the first time to set up a Gayong association in Ireland. We set up Gayong club inside RCSI (Royal College of Surgeon of Ireland) at Dublin. Other senior students like Cikgu Fadzil, Cikgu Rais (Bristol), Cikgu Haris (UCD), Cikgu Hafiz (Gayong Midland) and Cikgu Faiz (Gayong Plymouth) also helped to make this happens. I've met also Cikgu Soffuane. But he has already came back to Malaysia. But he used to teach Gayong at Damietta, Egypt. Moreover, he had many students too there! I got one copy of their Gayong Book, a complete guide to the beginners and even the seniors! ;). I know also, Ustaz Hamzah, "rakan seguru" (we learn with same Master), a student of Cikgu Nasir teaches also there in Egypt (but i've forgotten which parts).
(I didn't even know that child, she just came and asked me to hold her on my lap! Romantic. I think my "ilmu pengasih" works even on children!!! hehhe)
Gayong Ireland Opening Ceremony: 2007
Srikandi Izdza: I think something's missing here... did you break the coconut or not? hehe
In a new place,in a very first day we must first make new friends. For me, I start always with 2 places, (other than your classmates of course): Mosque, where I meet many Maghrebis (potential Gayong members! ehheheh) and University sport field, where I start my first Gayong training there. I know that as a Malay, we will avoid to do any "Silat" stuff in open area. Modest and secrecy. That's Malay way. But how could I train and satisfy my need to jump and to shout "ZATTT" if there is no any single remote spot there?!! For the sake of Gayong, I 'sacrifice' my timidity, even though sometimes I feel like a fool, or think maybe they who-look-at-me talking among them that I'm quite showing off, but what can I do? But finally, I realize that my consistent training gain their respect and popularity among the university students! ;) That's how Gayong France starts.
Then, it is time for a second move, by using the power of globalization: Internet! My first free website (even though my french was totally sucks that time! ;p), was the cause I came to Lille and set up another Gayong club in the north of France. It also made me contacted by many Pencak Silat instructors in France, and was invited to the Pencak Silat gathering in the l'Isle d'Oléron, west of France, organized by Association France Pencak Silat (an association equal to PESAKA in Malaysia and IPSI in Indonesia).
To set up a Gelanggang outside Malaysia, we need firstly a affiliation form from the Gayong headquarter in Kuala Lumpur (jalan Tun Razak). Complete the form, and send your Gurulatih certificate. For those who don't know what is the Gurulatih certificate, it is a prove of your pedagogical level in teaching Silat Seni Gayong (there is 7 level of Gurulatih if i'm not mistaken), and of course, you must achieve some good level in Gayong too (certificate of your Black Belt). It is then the Gayong HQ will deliver your certificate of affiliation. In my case; Silat Seni Gayong France and Silat Seni Gayong Ireland. There is a annual fees to be paid.
For those Malaysian students who are sent to foreign country, my advice is that, you must have a permission from your Master. He knows best whether you are capable or not of creating a Gayong club outside Malaysia. If you are not yet Black Belt,and you want to set up a Gayong club where you studies, then don't waste your time by travelling around or hanging out with your friends during holidays! come back to Malaysia, and learn and learn until you pass your belt grading and a course/seminar of being a Gurulatih. When you have the permission, make your activities in the country where you live legal and has a proper place to train. This step is much more difficult, as to obtain a "Dojo", you have to convince the owner first that you are a teacher of Silat Seni Gayong. Well, everything takes time, but your training must go on, even though in the open air during winter!
When you have started your club, (registered legally, obtaining the license to teach martial arts, insurance for any accidents) then you must do it seriously. No turning back, no "melepas batuk di tangga". Your club must last even when once you have already returned back to Malaysia. Teach and train your students perfectly. Working with the westerners, meaning you must have stamina and self defense technics. Develop your own way of teaching method, and up date your syllabus. The westerners are not like Asian. They learn when ONLY they have been convinced. Some come to test you. That's why, to be a Gurulatih outside Malaysia, you need to be a fighter too. Sparring must be one of your favorite lesson. Knowing other style of martial arts too will help you to face them confidently. I had too some experiences. Thank God, until now my honor and the honor of Gayong still untouched! But of course, if you intend to open a club only to Malaysian students there, don't need to fight! hehehehehe (but it is still worth to train free fighting)
Hope my call could be an inspiration to all gayong students out there.We are not after the names or Sandang, but it is our need to receive and to give. Give them a gift. A gift that no one else can give other than Anak Gayong himself.