Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
It's the day after I saw the Fight Masters: Silat show. It's still a bit surreal. I mean Cikgu Sam, Joel, Cikgu Shamsul, Cikgu Jaz, Cikgu Kakar, Pak Pow, Cikgu Rasol, Cikgu Hamza, Cikgu Malik, Cikgu Azman, Cikgu Anuar, the other Cikgu there for Mandi Minyak and the unaired Sundang portion, my Friends the Taman Nirwana boys (Jaz, Alang, Kairur, Man, etc), Pak Pow's students, Kak Nor, Lisa, everyone are people I know! They are all involved with the show and most are in the show! Pretty cool.
There were three things that I got to see that didn't make the show that as a Gayong student, I really wish they had made the cut, but as a viewer I understand time contraints. I really wish the Sundang portion had made the cut! I really with the bottle breaking made the cut (though a student at the shoot posted it on youtube from his cameraphone)! I wish Cikgu Anuar's commentary made the shoot! My knowledge of Malay mostly consists of numbers, words from techniques (which really don't help with general conversation "deadly support" doesn't typically come up,) and food. I was looking forward to Cikgu Anuar's commentary with English subtitles.
I wish more Cikgu could have been there. I'm not trying to be greedy (ok a little) but I had such a great time meeting and seeing all the older Cikgu interact with more it could only have been better and more wonderful! Getting to meet and interact with different Gayong teachers over the many trips to Malaysia is one of the best parts about traveling to Malaysia. They are the knowledge holders, they are the ones to lead Gayong into the future.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Joel asked my to clarify a couple of things. With the upcoming Silat show, he has done some interviews and some information may have gotten a little lost in translation!
- Joel Champ is currently a Master-at-Arms in the United States Navy. He does military police work for the Navy.
- Joel is currently ranked 3rd degree Black Belt in Silat Seni Gayong. Joel is the highest ranking student of Gayong in the United States.
- He holds the title of Khalifah Muda (young Califh) and is nicknamed Singa Barat (lion of the West.)
- Joel has trained in Silat Seni Gayong under Cikgu Sheikh Shamsuddin (Sam) for over 13 years. He has traveled to Malaysia and trained with many Cikgu there.
- He was adopted by Cikgu Siti Kalsom in 2005 as her son.
- Joel has written many articles on Silat for Seni Beladiri Magazine and Black Belt Magazine, and has given many seminars on Silat with Cikgu Sam and USGF.
- Recently starred in the upcoming National Geographic show Fight Masters: Silat. (Scheduled to air in Malaysia 31, August, 2009)