Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
from USGF!!
All the Best for 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays from USGF!

Happy Holidays
from USGF!
May you and yours
have a wonderful
Holiday Season and very
Happy New Year!

Malay Silat I & II at College Of DuPage (C.O.D.)

Information for College of DuPage classes
Malay Silat I and Malay Silat II

College of Dupage Silat I class info:
Malay Silat I
Course Section Number
Malay Silat I -- Malaysian martial art form that involves defensive principles, self-awareness, skill and sensitivity training. Encompassing both soft and hard styles, the main emphasis is on self-preservation, deception skills and keeping a low profile. Music and a form of dance are also a part of this practice. (2 lab hours)

Start Date
16 January 2010
End Date
14 May 2010
Academic Level
UG - Undergraduate
Meeting Information
01/16/2010-05/08/2010 Lab/Lab Discussion Saturday 08:00AM - 09:40AM, Physical Education Bldg, Room 118

College Of Dupage Silat II info:

Milay Silat II
Course Section Number
Malay Silat II -- A continuation of Malay Silat I. Malay Silat techniques with emphasis on intermediate to advanced level self defense skills. Also includes the philosophy of the art. Prerequisite: PHYS-1171 with a grade of S or better or college equivalent or consent of instructor (2 lab hours)

Start Date
16 January 2010
End Date
14 May 2010
Academic Level
UG - Undergraduate
Meeting Information
01/16/2010-05/08/2010 Lab/Lab Discussion Saturday 08:00AM - 09:50AM, Physical Education Bldg, Room 118
PHYS-1771 with a grade of S or better or college equivalent or consent of instructor

You can sign up now for Spring 2011 Semester Classes!

Friday, December 17, 2010

"Cikgu, I have a question..."

"Cikgu, I have a question..."

There are many things that are different about training Gayong in the USA and training Gayong in Malaysia, especially when it comes to asking questions. I am a notorious question asker, I can ask and ask and ask questions for hours on end. Many an email to Cikgu Sam or to Joel, have started with the words "Cikgu, I have a question..."Here in the USA, we are encouraged to as questions and as an instructor, to have your students ask you questions they may have.

Here in the USA, we have many questions on Gayong. We do not come from a Malay culture so we have questions about that. We don't come from Malaysia so we have questions about the country. We haven't grown up with Silat all around us, so we have questions about that. We ask because there are things we don't know, because we are not Malay. Malays tend not to have to ask questions about their own culture :)

Then there are the questions about techniques. I have found from experience training in Malaysia, that many students don't ask questions of their Cikgu or other instructors. I want to know why is Khatam Keris done near the sea? Why is Khatam Lembing done at a waterfall? Why? Why? Why? I don't think it's being disrespectful to ask a question. In fact, I think it's our responsibility to ask questions to preserve the heritage of Gayong. If we just do something over and over and over again without understanding "why" we do it, then we have lost essential knowledge within Gayong.

Cikgu Sam is always open to our questions and encourages us to ask and to answer them as instructors. He leads USGF by example, and patiently (usually) answers all our questions in detail and usually shows us the "why" part of a technique. Those of us that have been around for a while try don't like to ask "Cikgu Sam, what if I did this with Kacip Emas/ Fruit 4?" We know we will get put in that lock and it's going to hurt :) We do, however, encourage new students to ask! We know THEY will be the ones to get locked, not us haha!

The last trip to Malaysia, we had the opportunity to get to talk more with Cikgu Azman about Bunga Tanjung. Why does our Bunga look that way? What do the movements mean? We have since learned that the Bunga tells the story of Hang Tuah, the famous Malay Warrior. I didn't know that before I talked with Cikgu Azman. That puts a whole new perspective on our Bunga, what it is, why it looks the way it does, and why we do it at all.

As an instructor, answering questions is excellent training! Those questions make me look at my training and teaching in a different light. If I don't have an answer, I will seek it out. Those questions in turn, lead to my own questions and broaden my understanding of Gayong. Questions are productive, and essential to preserving the knowledge contained in Gayong. Silat Seni Gayong is much more than a collection of techniques... Unless we ask questions, we will never truly know Gayong.

Cikgu Sam and Joel teaching USGF's Gayong
perspective to Malaysian Students

Wanna See?

"Wanna See?"

If you want to see links to Fight Masters: Silat

...with Cikgu Sam, Cikgu Joel, Cikgu Jaz, Cikgu Kahar, Cikgu Rasol, Cikgu Pak Pow, Cikgu Azman, Cikgu Kamal, Cikgu Sulaiman, Cikgu Hamza, Cikgu Hamza Tajuddin, Cikgu Malik, Cikgu Shamsul, etc. etc. etc...

USGF Snow Photos- December 2010

USGF Snow Photos
December 2010

Sundang Lipas

Two Sundang Lipas- Snow

Keris- Snow

Keris- Snow

Keris- Snow

USGF - Snow

Gayong Weapons- Snow

Cikgu Sam's (Sheikh Shamssuddin) Book
"The Malay Art of Self Defense: Silat Seni Gayong"

USGF Snow Photos- December 2010- ©jpara2010

Congratulations Dave!

Congratulations Dave- USGF's newest Jurulatih!

Congratulations Tim!

Congratulations Tim on receiving his white belt!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two Classes Left!

Two Classes left of the Fall Semester
Tim-not-the-cop is testing this Saturday for his White Belt. Good Luck Tim!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from USGF!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Article from New Straits Times- Drive to get more people to take up Silat Gayong

Drive to get more people to take up Silat Gayong

By Patrick Sennyah

Silat Seni Gayong Association of Malaysia trainers at the national trainers course in Port Dickson yesterday. - NST picture by Owee Ah Chun
Silat Seni Gayong Association of Malaysia trainers at the national trainers course in Port Dickson yesterday. - NST picture by Owee Ah Chun
PORT DICKSON: The Silat Seni Gayong Association of Malaysia (PSSGM) aims to recruit more members and create greater awareness of the use of the martial art.

The association hopes this would foster better relations and understanding among the people.

PSSGM president Datuk Adiwijaya Abdullah said 100 new trainers were tasked with recruiting at least 50 members each from their respective areas within six months, beginning in January.

He said this was an effective way to increase the membership and reach out to the increasing number of people becoming interested in martial arts.

"If each trainer can recruit at least 50 new members, our membership will increase by 5,000 next year," he said at the opening of the national trainers course 2010 here, yesterday.

Also present was Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is also PSSGM deputy Imam Khalifah Agong.

The five-day trainers course is aimed at providing the trainers with more intensified training and enhancing their skills in anticipation of new members next year.

At present, there are about 50,000 active members in the association.

Adiwijaya said there had been numerous requests for the association to set up more training centres, especially in Selangor.

"This is a positive development and proof that more people, especially the youngsters, are becoming interested in silat.

"We hope that this five-day training course will help better prepare our trainers to teach the newcomers."

Mohamad said the trainers should become role models for the young towards leading a healthy and active life.

"Apart from teaching the youngsters the art of self-defence, these trainers can also help them and guide them in other aspects of their lives.

"I urge these trainers to take their roles seriously and ensure they are well prepared, both mentally and physically to assume the responsibilities ahead."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

USGF October 2010 Training Photos

USGF October 2010 Training Photos

USGF Blackbelts
Jen, Joel, Cikgu Sam, Daniel

Chris, Joel, Justin

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Congratulations Cikgu Jazwan Kahar!

Congratulations to
Cikgu Jazwan Kahar
on receiving Hitam 5 and Panglima Hitam!

You deserve it!!


From your USGF family :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Good Luck PERDANA GAYONG 2010!

Good Luck to everyone participating in Perdana Gayong 2010!

USGF wishes we could be there with you, but we will be there in spirit!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Perdana Gayong 2010

2nd October in Selangor, Malaysia: Perdana Gayong 2010! This is a gathering of Silat Seni Gayong Practitioners all from around the world are invited. The opening ceremonies of the Perdana Gayong event will be presided by the Prime Minister of Malaysia! Best of Luck to everyone who will be in attendance.

This will help to show unity and solidarity among all Anak Gayong- we are all Children of Gayong, all on the same path to spreading Gayong and realizing Dato Meor's vision for Gayong.

USGF will be represented by our Liaison in Malaysia, Cikgu Shamsul Salim. Terima Kasih Cikgu Shamsul for representing all of us here at USGF. We wish the greatest success to the Perdana Gayong Event 2010!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Full Article Seni Beladiri September 2010

©Seni Beladiri Magazine September 2010

USGF Vision

Vision for United States Gayong Federation (USGF)

The United States Gayong Federation is comprised of members from all walks of life. All races, religions, colors can be found in USGF. This great variety in membership makes USGF a unique group of Gayong practitioners.

International groups training in Silat Seni Gayong face challenges unique to Malaysia and to each other. “International” applies to Gayong outside of SE Asia. The “International” part of Gayong gets a little complicated. We international Gayong students share some commonalities and many differences. We have different languages, cultures, each unique to our particular country. What we have in common is Gayong.

International Silat Seni Gayong groups face many challenges that most Malaysian students will not face. We have to learn Malaysian Culture to understand Gayong. We can learn the techniques without learning about Gayong, but that leaves our techniques hollow and without character. If I learn Kacip Emas here, first I must know what the heck Kacip is. That word is usually translated into English as “scissors.” Having been to Malaysia I know this not to be entirely true. The “kacip” is a tool for cutting betel nut. When you see it, you understand why this technique is called “Kacip Emas.” Two forearms one under the throat, one on the back of the neck, hands clasped together choking the victim. Ah….

How would I understand the culture behind this technique had I not seen the “kacip” myself? International students have lots to learn outside of technique when we learn Gayong. Malay culture is foreign to us, we did not grow up in the culture, and so we have to learn about Malaysia and Malay culture. My Cikgu has lived here in the United States for decades, but he will not understand United States culture the way I understand United States culture. I grew up here; it is part of who I am. He did not grow up here so he has to learn about it.

Cikgu Sam is Malaysian. He was born and lived in Malaysia coming here to the United States for college and ultimately continuing to live here. As Cikgu Sam has taught students over the years, he has taught us as a Malaysian teaching Americans. He has to show us the technique, explain the Malay culture behind the technique, and answer a thousand questions from curious students like me.

As I have learned Gayong and started teaching, I face a different challenge than him. I am American, female, non-Muslim. How do I teach Gayong to others? I have to teach the technique, explain the Malay culture behind the technique, as I understand it, and answer questions. Sounds the same, eh? The difference is Cikgu Sam just knows the answers to the questions because he is Malay. I have to translate the Malay culture into something that a new American student would understand while keeping true to Gayong.

International Silat Seni Gayong must evolve into something else. We cannot be the same Gayong as Malaysia. We have to exist independently of Malaysia. Why? Because we will, no matter how hard we try, ever be Malaysian. For Gayong to not only exist but thrive outside of Malaysia, the Gayong must be absorbed by the people of that country. For Gayong to thrive in the United States, American students must make Gayong our own. We have to be able to teach and spread Gayong on our own. Right now, most International Gayong is headed by a Malaysian teacher. When will happen when those Cikgu are gone? Will that Gayong wither and blow away or will the roots that were planted by that Malaysian teacher take hold, survive and ultimately grow strong? We are working on building strong Gayong here, so we will continue to be strong and true to Gayong with American instructors.

This is the challenge faced by the United States Gayong Federation. We are independent of Malaysia. We have to be, we are different, we are not Malaysia. We look to Malaysia, we support all Gayong in Malaysia, we remain in communication with Malaysia, and we remain United States Gayong Federation. We work hard to develop and train quality instructors that understand not only the techniques, but the culture of Malaysia and how that intermingles with American culture to create something new and unique in Gayong.

We work hard for our Gayong here, so in turn, we have come to love Gayong, to cherish it, to protect it. We want to keep it safe here, and make sure that we are doing the best we can to grow Gayong on foreign soil to coincide with Dato Meor Rahman’s vision. There is a globe on the Gayong logo for a reason. Dato wanted Gayong to spread around the world. If he wanted it to remain in Malaysia, only for Malays he would have put the map of Malaysia on the Gayong logo, not the world. We, the United States Gayong Federation, are doing our best to help Dato’s vision be realized. We exist because Dato wanted us to exist; he wanted Gayong permanently in other countries. For that vision to remain alive, we Americans, have to absorb Gayong and make it our own and keep it close to our hearts.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

USGF in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Featured on the Cover of Seni Beladiri Magazine September 2010

©Seni Beladiri Magazine 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

New official USGF Liason in Malaysia!

The United States Gayong Federation
is proud to announce
Cikgu Sheikh Shamsul Salim as our Official Liason in Malaysia.

Cikgu Shamsul lived in the United States for several years in the 1990's and helped to spread the art of Silat Seni Gayong here with his brother Cikgu Sheikh Shamsuddin who remains as the head instructor of USGF. Cikgu Shamsul is the ideal person to facilitate interactions between USGF and Malaysia as he lived here in the United States and understands the needs and culture of USA students, is active in the Gayong community, and currently resides in Malaysia.

Congratulations to Cikgu Sheikh Shamsul!

Cikgu Sheikh Shamsul

Sign up for Classes NOW at College of DuPage

You can sign up now for classes at College of DuPage in Wheaton, Illinois!

1771- Malay Silat I
1772- Malay Silat II

Both classes are held together on Satuday Mornings from 8-10am
Classes start August 28th

TermSection Name and TitleLocationMeeting InfoFacultyCapacity / StatusCreditsCourse Types

Fall 2010

Main Campus

08/28/2010-12/11/2010 Lab/Lab Discussion Saturday 08:00AM - 09:40AM, Physical Education Bldg, Room 118

S. Shamsuddin

25 / Open


16 week session; Contemporary Life Skills

Fall 2010

Main Campus

08/28/2010-12/11/2010 Lab/Lab Discussion Saturday 08:00AM - 09:40AM, Physical Education Bldg, Room 118

To be Announced

10 / Open


16 week session

Training Sunday August 1st 8am

Training Sunday, August 1st 8am at Greene Valley Forest Preserve North Area
(On Greene Road between 75th and Hobson Road)

Let me know if you are coming or not!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Training Sunday July 25th 8am

Training Sunday July 25th 8am

Greene Valley Forest Preserve North Area
(on Greene Road between 75th street and Hobson Road)

Let me know if you are coming!