Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters in Islam,
Alhamdulillah, we have received tremendous response since our posting on Sunday, January 18th. For those who are interested, here are the details regarding this art.
Thank you for your interest in Silat Seni Gayong. Silat Seni Gayong was founded by Dato Meor Abdul Rahman who came from a family of celebrated Muslim Bugis warriors. Although Seni Gayong was officially founded in 1963, the origin of this art traces itself back to the early 15th century. For centuries, in Malaysia, silat was taught exclusively to the Muslim Malays. The exponents of this art regard this system as a wholly combative art that is neither recreational nor sportive. The combative nature of Silat Seni Gayong is evinced in the word Gayong which means using any elements in the surrounding area to deflect an oncoming attack. The word Silat implies the application of systematic fighting techniques that stems from the lifestyle of the Muslim Malay
Known as a fierce Muslim art of war in the Malay archipelago, in the 15th century, Silat was used extensively to keep treason and colonialism at bay. The pesilat or one who practices silat begins and ends his practice by submitting to Allah Subhanawataala. He worships and fears none but Allah The Most Glorious One. Although the techniques used in Silat can be described as brutal and lethal, the pesilat constantly prays to Allah Taala to never accord him the opportunity to apply his knowledge. The pesilat is never the aggressor but merely a defender. The pesilat does not believe in violence and would never be the first to retaliate. As the pesilat matures, his exercises are no longer physical but more spiritual and metaphysical. He begins to shy away from the rigors of physical movements but relegate most of his time to the worship of Allah Taala.
We hope that Muslim brothers and sisters and the children of Islam will take advantage of this art. Silat Seni Gayong does not and will never condone or associate itself with any form of terrorism and would allow his own life to be taken in defence of an innocent life. Its an art that focuses in the deen of Islam and holds on to the rope of Allah Subhanahuwataala.
Classes for silat are now being held in New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Silat Seni Gayong also conduct seminars and workshops upon invitation. In March of 1998, Silat Seni Gayong will be launching an Instructors course. Application for this course is now open. For those who cannot attend these classes, an extensive video correspondence course is also available. For more information, please call Sulaiman Sharif at 609-423-4806, fax us at 609-423-4807, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at our website: