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!