Mr Benjamin PONS contacted me for the first time somewhere during october 2005, and he invited me to come to Lille. Tuan Haji Mansor Othman, a.k.a Tok Ayah, the last vice president of PSSGM, and the Yang Dipertua (Timbalan Imam Khalifah) of PSSGM State of Kelantan, was invited in 2005, with 3 Gurulatih from Kelantan, Cikgu Muhammad (Tok Ayah's Son), Cikgu Amru (ALG) and Cikgu Wadi, to officialize and to give his blessing to our association, Program Gayong Jelajah Eropah 2005. Tok Ayah made the first Mandi Tapak and Mandi Seni here in France and Belgium, with 6 first French students at that time. The late Cikgu Siti Kalsom also wrote a letter, signed, saying her blessing to the creation of our association. The development of Silat Seni Gayong takes time and now we arrive at a new step, and I am happy with the progression of Anak Gayong in France!
As far as I concern, it is only our association that practice Silat Seni Gayong in France, registered and original, respecting the rules and tradition, from Malaysia. I make this clear statement as there are certain persons, from certain martial art club from France, that claim to practice Silat Seni Gayong, and use the name to attract the public.To them, I hope that you stop to pretend using Silat Seni Gayong as the syllabus, and stop using the logo of Silat Seni Gayong on your club's registration form and even on your training uniforms. The club that claim to use Silat Seni Gayong as the syllabus first must has a Gurulatih (ceritified Cikgu) from Malaysia that supervise and is the one who teach and arrange the syllabus (Directeur Technique). The club must then register with Gayong HQ in Malaysia. The club, doesn't have any relation with any Gayong Masters in Malaysia, nor using any Silat Seni Gayong syllabus. What they use is only the free style mix martial arts and self-defence, and no Adat, no Belt-Grading, no Initiation Ceremony (Bain de Fleur), and no respect at all vis-a-vis the tradition and regulation of the Dato' Meor's Silat Seni Gayong.