Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cikgu Hussein Kaslan from PASAK (Gayong Singapore) passed away

Cikgu Hussein Kaslan, the head of Gayong Singapore, PASAK, passed away.

He was one of the great teachers in Gayong

and one of Dato' Meor's first Gayong students.

Top Row Left to Right- Cikgu Rahim (Pak Hussein's son), Cikgu Jazwan, Cikgu Jen, Cikgu Sam
Front- Cikgu Sazali (Dato's Son), and Pak Hussein Kaslan
Singapore, August, 2011

Cikgu Sam, Cikgu Jen, Cikgu Sazali, and Pak Hussein Kaslan
Singapore, August, 2011

I was honored to have met him. He will be missed.

Deepest condolences go out to
Cikgu Hussein's Family
and all of PASAK
from all of us at USGF...

‎"salam. Guru Hj. Hussain Kasllan (Gayong Pasak Singapore) telah kembali kerahmatullah pada 3 petang sebentar tadi. Takziah...Semogga Rohnya dicucuri rahmat..Al-Fatihah...."- From Kak Nor on Facebook]

USGF Dues are due January 1st!

USGF dues for the first half of 2012 are due January 1st.

Please send the USGF secretary your money or bring to class next week.

Thank you!

Last class of the Fall 2011 Semester!

Last class of the semester this coming saturday 10th December, 2011

We'll be going for breakfast afterwards.

See you then :)

Monday, November 28, 2011


United States Gayong Federation Logo

Design by USGF Jurulatih Dave


Register for COD spring Semester NOW!

You can register for COD spring semester NOW!!

Remember we have to meet our minimum soon to guarantee a spring class.

Saturdays 8-10am starting in mid-January

Malay Silat I - 1771

Malay Silat II - 1772

Anyone 16 and older can sign up for classes.

Next Class White Belt Testing

Next Saturday Class at 8am.
Jessica and Eric are testing for White Belt!
See you there!

Two more classes in the Fall Semester!

Two more classes left in the Semester!
If you are interested in training over break (about 4-6 weeks) let me know.
We'll have to have a guaranteed number to people to reserve a space, and pre-pay the location.

Let me know!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cikgu Jen Receives 2nd Degree Black Belt/Benkong Hitam 2

Cikgu Jen Receives
2nd Degree Black Belt
Benkong Hitam 2
Today from Cikgu Sam

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dave Krzyzewski's article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Jurulatih Dave Krzyzewski's article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Neel Tummala Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Jurulatih Neel Tummala's article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

©Seni Beladiri Magazine October 2010

Gayong Article Seni Beladiri Magazine Cikgu Muhammad and Cikgu Azman

Cikgu Muhammad and Cikgu Azman
Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Jen Para Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine "Training with men to feel the Reality"

USGF Cikgu Jen Para's Article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine
"Training with Men to Feel the Reality"

©Seni Beladiri Magazine January 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Roehl Llanes Article for Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Jurulatih Roehl Llanes'
article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Jen Para Article Seni Beladiri Article "Remebering Cikgu Siti Kalsom"

USGF Cikgu Jen Para's article
"Remebering Cikgu Siti Kalsom"
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Tim Abner's Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Jurulatih Tim Abner's article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

©Seni Beladiri Magazine December 2010

Justin DeZutel's Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF Jurulatih Justin DeZutel's article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Tim Doyle's Article in Seni Beladiri Magazine

USGF member Tim Doyle's article
in Seni Beladiri Magazine

Photos from USGF Seminars in Malaysia August 2011/Ogos 2011

Photos from USGF Seminars
Malaysia August 2011

Seminar Banner Gelanggang Wajadiri Taman Nirwana, KL, Malaysia

Seminar Gelanggang Wajadiri Taman Nirwana, KL, Malaysia

Seminar Gelanggang Wajadiri Taman Nirwana, KL, Malaysia
Cikgu Shaiful Hakim of Gayong France and Cikgu Jen Para from USGF

Seminar in Kulai, Johor Bharu, Malaysia

Great times!

Monday, September 12, 2011

USGF Malaysia trip 2011- Some things you have to experice yourself...

This year I again traveled to Malaysia with Cikgu Sam. This trip I really wanted to meet more Cikgu and talk to people about Gayong. Here in the United States, I only have access to Cikgu Sam for information on Gayong and Malaysia, and believe me, I ask him tons of questions!

It's important I think, to go the homeland of Silat Seni Gayong and just let Malaysia absorb into your pores. It gives you a clearer understanding of the culture surrounding Gayong.

Every time I go to Malaysia, I come away with a new perspective on Gayong. It opens my eyes to new things with my own training, my understanding of Gayong and it changes the way I teach Gayong.

There are some things I cannot teach the students here, I cannot teach them what a Kacip is. You have to go there and see this cutting tool. I cannot bottle the smell of durian in a highway rest stop market. It's indescribable! I cannot explain the delightful taste of mangosteen on a hot day in Malaysia.

There are some things you have to experience for yourself...

Malaysia seminars by USGF

Two seminars were hosted by USGF in Malaysia to share Gayong experience and illustrate the differences between Gayong in Malaysia and Gayong in the United States. The seminars were held at Wajadiri Gelanggang Taman Nirwana in KL and the other one at Cikgu Jazwan Kahar's gelanggang in Kulai Johor Baru.

The seminar shared USGF experiences training in Silat and offered a different view on Gayong from the United States perspective. USGF thanks those who came out and supported the seminars in both locations. Special thanks to Cikgu Shaiful Hakim from Gayong France who came and offered his perspective on teaching international students Gayong!

Terima Kasih Malaysia for making these seminars a success!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!
Selamat Hari Raya!

Friday, August 26, 2011

First Class 2011 fall semester at COD

First Class of the 2011
Fall semester starts tomorrow!

27th of August
College of DuPage
Malay Silat I -class # 1771
Malay Silat II -class # 1772

See you there!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

USGF Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- July 30th, 2011

United States Gayong Federation Seminar
30th, July

Saturday, July 30 ·
9:00am - 12:00pm

Gelanggang Wajadiri
Taman Nirwana

Created By

More Info

when: Sat July 30th, 2011

time: 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon

where: Gelanggang Wajadiri
Taman Nirwana


Cikgu Sam (USGF), as seen on
Nato Geo's "Fight Masters: Silat"

Cikgu Jen (USGF), as seen on
Seni Beladiri Covers and articles,

Cikgu Jazwan Kahar (PSSGM
International Instructor),
as seen on Nat Geo's
"Fight Masters: Silat" and
History Channel's "Human Weapon"

Cikgu Kahar Redza (PSSGM),
as seen on Nat Geo's
"Fight Masters: Silat" and
History Channel's "Human Weapon"

Cikgu Malik (PSSGM), as
seen on Nato Geo's
"Fight Masters: Silat"

Cikgu Shamsul (USGF & PSSGM),
as seen on History Channel's
"Human Weapon"

Other special guest instructors...

This is a Charity Seminar!
Minimum donation M$20.00

what is the seminar about:
USGF is not holding seminar
to teach Malaysian Gayong,
but to sharing ideas,
perception of US Gayong,
culture difference,
techniques difference,
religion difference discussion,
adaptability and acceptability,
male/female training issues,
US/Malaysia gayong curriculum,
firearm training, police
training, etc....
We will show USGF gayong!

Wear Regular uniform-
Open to Silat students

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to Cikgu Hussein Kaslan of PASAK!

Happy Birthday to Cikgu Hussein Kaslan of Silat Seni Gayong PASAK in Singapore from all of us here at USGF!

Selamat Hari Jadi Cikgu Hussein Kaslan dari PASAK, dari USGF!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer Classes at COD start!!!

Next Saturday starts the Silat Summer Classes at College of Dupage (COD) If you haven't registered yet, do so before the start date or else you have to paya $25 late fee!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Condolences to Five Silat Masters killed in Malaysia

USGF expresses it's deepest sympathy
for the Five Silat masters
killed in an auto accident in Malaysia.

Cikgu Ahmad Ismail (Guru Silat Melayu Pattani),
Cikgu Juhari Darus (Guru Silat Gayong Pattani),
Cikgu Jumaat@Saad Mat Akhil (Guru Silat Tari Segelek),
Cikgu Sudin Idris (Guru Silat Minangkabau Asli) &
Cikgu Ishak Awang Kechik (Guru Silat Gayong Pattani)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Remembering Cikgu Siti Kalsom...

Cikgu Siti Kalsom died February 6th, 2007. This year was the the 4th anniversary of her death. There is something about your memories a person whom you have met or admired, that can give you comfort, push you to do things, or just put a smile on your face.

We all first went to Malaysia in 2005. We took a drive from KL to Taiping stopping along the way near a town near Sungai Perak to buy keris. We were excited and nervous to meet her! We had all heard stories about her and wanted to make a good impression. Meeting her was at the top of our list of things to do while in Malaysia. We were all nervous to go into her house and actually meet her and Cikgu Mat, we kind of hung back by the van and finally we went inside.

We were greeted very warmly and immediately felt like we were somewhere where we were accepted and that someone was happy to see us. She and Cikgu Mat welcomed us. Cikgu Jazwan and Kak Nor came with us to Taiping to see her. It made me smile to see her and Kak Nor together, they were good friends and were very happy to see each other again. Since none of us spoke Malay we were mostly kept out of the conversations that happened between Cikgu Kalsom, Cikgu Mat, Cikgu Sam, Jazwan and Kak Nor. We did get to talk with her for a bit when we first arrived but I think even if we spoke Malay, we wouldn't have been invited into the conversation, those conversations weren't for our ears at the time, and that was fine.

She wasn't in the best of health when we were there, but to see her move when she played a little Gayong with Cikgu Sam and Joel you'd never know the woman had any ache at all in her! Her movements were clean, quick and precise. She could see how Cikgu Sam moved when they played Keris, she could tell what needed to be tweaked with a Kayu technique of mine, and Joel had finger marks on his arm for days from where she demonstrated a technique on him. She was Gayong!

When I think of her it makes me smile. I don't think it's ever easy to be in a leadership role. There are very many things that happen that the rest of us never see. Decisions have to be made and people's lives are effected by those decisions. Some people disagree and that is all part of leading an organization. She allowed me to conduct an interview with her over mail that was published in Seni Beladiri Magazine in 2006. I read her words all the time and is makes me smile. Her words still lead, and I look to them when I have decisions that need to be made in terms of our United States Gayong Federation Organization. Those of us in leadership roles in our organization face some of the same issues that exist in Malaysia. Having a strong female role model to look up to, even though she isn't physically with us anymore, is what helps to keep my personal focus on what is best for Gayong and for our organization.

Cikgu Siti Kalsom is truly missed by many people. She touched many lives and continues to be a leadership inspiration for many people in an around Gayong. I am a better person for having met her.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gong Hay Fat Choy!

Gong Hay Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year!

-from USGF

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chicago Blizzard 2011!

Chicago Blizzard February 2011
Started snowing yesterday, Feb. 1st, 2011
around noon and it is still snowing!
We have gotten about 19 inches of snow so far.

7:30am, Feb. 2nd, 2011-
Still Snowing!
(my video- no stealing)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

USGF Pukulan

USGF Pukulan Techniques

Jurulatih Chris Demonstrates Pukulan on Jurulatih Dave
(My Video- No Stealing)

Jurulatih Dave Demonstrates Pukulan on Jurulatih Chris
(My Video- No Stealing)

Cikgu Sam demonstrates sucker-punch takedowns

Cikgu Sam demonstrates sucker-punch takedowns

Cikgu Sam with Cikgu Daniel
(My Video- No Stealing)

Cikgu Sam with Cikgu Daniel
(My Video- No Stealing)

Cikgu Sam- Wrist Locking

Cikgu Sam Demonstrates Wrist Locking

Cikgu Sam with Jurulatih Chris
(My Video- No Stealing)

Cikgu Sam with Jurulatih Roehl
(My Video- No Stealing)

Cikgu Sam Yoi Technique

Cikgu Sam
Yoi Technique on Jurulatih Dave

(turn the sound up so you can hear the "slapping")
(My Video- No Stealing)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Courier Student Newspaper (College of DuPage) article on Cikgu Sam

The Courier student newspaper
January 21st, 2011 article on
Cikgu Sam

Cikgu Sam (large photo)
Cikgu Sam with Jurulatih Dave (inset Photo)

Article continuation

Sunday, January 16, 2011