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
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."