Wednesday, July 7, 2010


With Cikgu Sam of USGF

"Sempoooii"! That was the first word my mind was murmuring when meeting this Gayong Master for the first time. The man I meant was Cikgu Syeikh Samsuddin, called as Cikgu Sam who came back to Malaysia to visit his family. He said to me, "post this photo so Jen and other American students could see me getting "Urut" by Master Kahar!", while giving a simple smile to me and Cikgu Jaz. But I don't think that I saw Cikgu Sam smiling to Cikgu Kahar, since everytime Cikgu Kahar "touches his Urat", his face looks so fierce and serious. lol

Master Kahar reflexology massages

He is the Gayong Master of USGF (United States Gayong Federation). Talking about the Gayong history in USA, Silat Seni Gayong was firstly introduced to the American by Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif. The name of "Gayong USA" was adopted to spread the art all over the country. The senior Gayong Master Cikgu Majid Mat Isa was also invited to USA to give his blessing to the Gayong students and Gelanggangs. Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif who is the author of "50 Martial Arts Myths" is still teaching and training the Gayong practitioners in Malaysia. I met him once during an event organized by Pusaka Gayung at Kg. Kerinchi few months ago. A serious and educated looking man, this Master must have learned "something" from the late Dato' to survive and to be able to open the Gayong class in the middle of the dangerous ghetto where the crimes are a daily event.

Cikgu Sulaiman Syarif of Gayong America

After Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif came back to Malaysia, Cikgu Sam continues the responsibility to spread the Gayong art in that continent. He is also the author of The Malay Art of Self Defense, the first Gayong book ever in English that make Gayong becomes popular and get attention from the Human Weapons, National Geographic and many other medias. What I respect from this Master is that he educates his American students so correctly. Those American could understand that to know Silat Seni Gayong, they must not only learn from their Master in US, but they must come and feel the technics from the Gayong Master all over Malaysia. Besides, the connection of USGF with Taman Nirwana (Master Kahar Redza and Cikgu Jazwan) is really close. This is what every International Gayong association must have. "A child, will never leave his Mother".

Hopefully the AFSSG (Gayong France) will have more chance to make a closer relationship with USGF. Let us work together to make Dato' dream comes true! ;) Many thanks to Cikgu Sam, Cikgu Jaz and Master Kahar for evrything. ;)

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