Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Blues of Nak Muay

with anok jate ambo yg sokmo2 curious...

Checking my stuffs in the store, I found my Muay Thai equipment. It has been years of not playing such "game". The last time I put in my gloves was in 2008 in France. That gloves doesn't suit me anymore seems I have been now heavier. My wife seems prefers I go back into the "industry" so I could get my previous form.  Being a principal, lecturer, busy with research publications, Silat, Capoeira, and perhaps getting back into regular training of Muay Thai, I think I will make my car as our second home, where my son will grow! ;) The thing is, it is always a good thing of practicing different martial art. It helps to move every inch part of our body. The different style concentrates on different moves. At the end, you will find that you are not only comfortable of locking and unlocking the opponent but also giving a right punch, knees, elbow, kicks and even the jumping and balancing the body.

Friday, September 14, 2012


 Alhamdulillah, last night we had our first meeting and training of Capoeira at the studio, Kompleks Sukan of UMP Gambang. These motivated engineering students called me to give an assistance to set up a Capoeira club here in UMP. With Eddy, Chua, Didi, Izzat, Wiznan (I think I may get wrong in pronouncing your name), Epol and Hazwan, I am sure Capoeira will be one of the favorite martial art class in UMP in the next few months ahead.

The training started smoothly with the basic movements of Ginga for half and hour, then we move to Meia-lua de Frente, then Negativa and lastly the Au. Seems this is their first time of learning Capoeira, I did exactly right as I was in the first time learning Capoeira with Mestre Sorisso. Then we start training with partners of simple combos and finally we finish with the Roda.

 As one of the staff of the student affairs department and also the faculty, I do support of the activities like this. The students will acquire new experience, physical and mental works, and also all of the soft skills needed as the graduated engineers one day. Come and see us on this Tuesday at UMP Gambang for the "Malam Kelab dan Persatuan". ;). To Mestre Sorisso and Instructor Pixote, the moment is coming. ;)

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I am the "Guerrier"!!!! ;)

nice and smooth

Safety is the priority. That's the Safety point of view. But an intensive training of supermotivated young Gayong practitioner with a sharp weapon is not exactly with that principles. Eventhough we have the modern and tradition regulations to be respected so that we could avoid the unwanted incident or accident, but sometimes we tends to neglect some rules. Never mind Julien, it will be a very beautiful scar!!! ;) BIEN JOUE!!!! ;) Hope that you won't give up Gayong! he he he

Jalan2 ke Felda Kerteh

 Our training goes as usual and the students are coming back to the university. I make a friend with one of our staff here in UMP and he invited us to his family back to Felda Kerteh. He "paid" us a demo team of Silat and a Boksing Siam. "Segar-Segar Angin", it's good to be back in the 'family' again.

HP abes bateri. Gambor xder bnyak...

Thank you very much Pak Mam, Pak Ungga, Pak Yi and all of the Silat Gayong, Boksing Siam and Gendang team. InsyaAllah I'll have a stop at Gelanggang anytime we pass through when going back to Kelantan. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Blues of the Beginning of Semester! ;)

Being a martial art practitioner, more or less, one would have wanted to learn the art in it's whole aspect. Silat Seni Gayong is not only a sport, or neither only a self-defense system, nor only a series of movements or Jurus, nor only a spiritual or army type secret group. It is ALL of it. It is a system that permits one defend himself, or his family against the assault. It is a system that create a man with a heart and mental of steel. It is the tradition, and adaptable with modern situation.

I am not saying that it's only Silat Seni Gayong who is complete in it's existence. But what is special about the art is that one will never finish learn the art. Years and years, and yet you are still practicing and learning a new stuff. We are blessed to have the senior Masters who are still able to share with the young practitioners like us. It is just a matter of intention, and motivation, whether we want more or not. Some would compare the art of Silat is like "eating something good". Too much is not good either. But the limit of this "too much" is variable and different to everyone of us, depending on our ability to carry it.

In looking for the science of engineering, for example, one had to sacrifice his time, his money and his energy, even ready to fly overseas and spending couple of years with continuous test and exams, only to get a certificate, a diploma, a degree, a master, or a doctorate in the field. Why one must force himself to strive on such a recognition??? It is due to the fact that with the "paper" of recognition, we will have a good life by being accepted in a very good job. If we could do a lot of effort in such a material and physical needs, why the need of our mind and heart, are always neglected? Body needs foods, Minds needs books (knowledge), and heart needs soul (spiritual).

The art of Silat Seni Gayong precisely, and Pencak Silat generally is precious, and is funnily being appreciated more to the non-Malaysian than the Malay people itself. Silat, once was a "clothes" of every Man and Woman, nowadays is being thrown away by some Melayu. The answers of some new University students would hurt your heart as one who loves to witness this art will remain on Tanah Melayu. "Do you practice Silat?". One replied; "Silat??? No no no, it is too dangerous for me". "Silat? Do you mean Wing Chun like Ip Man?", "No, Silat was practiced by the old old old folks. Not anymore". "Silat? I am not interested. Better playing futball then being hit".

If every Gurulatih, could improve his skills of teaching Silat Seni Gayong, and bring a good image of it, than we can bring back the art to be something that one young must learn at least once in his life. But once again, how could we improve our skills when we don't train, don't learn new things, don't go to see the old Masters, and don't admit that why people around us are not interested in Gayong is due to our own weakness. A "Hangat-Hangat Tahi Ayam" type of Gurulatih, who depends totally on a Hot issue to get involved in Gayong will only find a closed path in the future. As what we practice, the Istiqamah (continuity) is the most important, although it's a small effort.

Hope that God permits us to have the opportunity of practicing this art more and more. Hayyakoumoullah...