Usamah in serious training at Gelanggang in Skaapkraal
Usamah Samuels, a 14 yr old grade 7 learner at the Hyde Park College has been awarded for bravery at his school awards ceremonyand graduation dinner on Tuesday, 26th November 2013. Usamah is described by his parents and teachers as a gentleman, with good manners and character.
On his way to school on thursday morning, 21st November 2013, Usamah and his younger brother Mishal were confronted by an african man. The man asked them to hand over their schoolbags, to which Usamah said no. This caused the man to become aggressive, and once more insisted that they hand over the bags, or else.
The man then takes out his knife and threatens to hurt the young boys. Usamah then instructs Mishal to run to school, while he sorts the matter out. Without hesitation, Usamah grabs the mans arm and applies an arm lock which he just learnt the week before at his silat lesson.
The attacker was quickly subdued, which allowed Usamah to grab hold of the weapon and disarm the guy. According to the 14 year old pesilat (silat practitioner), he thinks he broke the attackers arm due to the aggressive arm lock, as he heard the joint pop. The attacker quickly fled the scene which gave Usamah the freedom to attend school. The knife was handed to the principals office, and Usamah quickly gained popularity amongst the schoolkids. He is also a grade 7 learner and school prefect.
His parents remarked that had he not been trained in Silat, he possibly would have given in to the attacker, and suffer an asthma attack. They believe that silat has boosted his confidence and given him the necessary life skills of self defense. During silat training, the students are always reminded never to believe that they are powerful, but only possess the power which the Almighty Allah has given them. And if you get hurt, it is only through the will of Allah and serves as a test. Allah is All Powerful over all things, and He will never test us with something which we cannot handle.
Usamah and Mishal trains at the gelanggang (training facility) in Skaapkraal as well as the Rondevlei Islamic society in Mitchels Plain. Classes are open to youth from 7yrs and up. check out the training venues page
Practical tactics: Prof Dr Azlan Ghanie (right) trains his student Dr Mustafa Bakri and his two sons.
A father wants his family to learn silat because it is not only a form of martial arts, but steeped in the Malay traditions of adab (respect) and adat (customs). Quick and fast moves: Dr Mustafa Bakri and wife Noraishah Mohamed testing their sparring skills during silat class.
EPIDEMIOLOGIST Dr Mustafa Bakri’s fascination with silat started from watching old Malay films from the 1960s such as Anak Buluh Betong and Dharma Kesuma.
“I was fascinated by how silat invoked the spirit of heroism and justice. But after being introduced to different silat techniques such as silat lintau and silat panji alamin secondary school, I realised martial arts acts in movies were choreographed, be it in Malay, European, Hollywood or Japanese movies.
“Silat teaches the core art of martial arts, minus the fancy moves seen on the big screen. In a real fight, the scenario is entirely different. Silat is thus far one of the best and most practical,” shares Dr Mustafa, 57, who works at the Seremban district health office.
The Perak-born doctor attends Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 lessons which he considers one of the most practical self-defence tactics.
“It is one of the few silat systems where students (beginners included) are encouraged to use the keris in both armed and unarmed combat. Silat exponents can use simple yet effective movements to counter attack the opponent.
“To me, Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 is the most practical silat by far as it combines skill and rigorous exercise. It requires minimal running, pumping or punching unlike other silat forms that I have seen, making it a perfect martial arts form-cum-exercise for me,” he said.
Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 is an old system in Silat Melayu that can be traced back to the Malacca Sultanate and it is believed Malay warriors used it to fight Portuguese invaders.
The modern version of this form of martial arts was developed by silat exponent Prof Dr Azlan Ghanie, who had learnt it from his father Abdul Ghanie Abu Bakar, who inherited it from his grandfather Abang Salleh Datu Patinggi Borhassan.
Dr Mustafa, who has been learning silat since 2007, is one of Azlan’s students. He was so enthusiastic about silat that he has persuaded his wife Noraishah Mohamed, 49, and his sons Muhammad Syahridwan, 13 and Muhammad Syahriezlan, 11, to participate in Azlan’s classes.
“Since my wife and sons do not do much physical activities, the classes help to keep them active,” said Dr Mustafa who has six children. Hidden in the palm: Students learn to use anak badik, a weapon used by women in self-defence.
Noraishah, a homemaker, was inspired to join silat classes due to its simplicity and practicality. “We learn self-defense tips for women, be it in public spaces or at home. It is especially useful as I am a housewife and I am home alone most of the time,” said Noraishah, who has been a silat student for two years.
Muhammad Syahridwan’s interest was sparked by his father’s enthusiasm. “My parents have been silat enthusiasts and their interest rubbed off on us. I enjoy my silat lessons as they build confidence and discipline. It is also a good form of exercise,” said the secondary school student. Dr Mustafa works in Seremban but travels back to be with his family in Rawang during weekends. Every Saturday, his family travels from Rawang to Setapak, Kuala Lumpur for their silat lessons.
Students start their classes with Senaman Melayu Tua, an ancient form of physical exercise that focuses on breathing techniques, stretches and movements to strengthen the body. After the warming up session, students learn different forms of loks (a Malay term for the curve on the blade of the keris).
There are five loks
(numbered one, three, five, seven and nine) to be learned to complete the basic syllabus. Learning the loks
is the key to the principles of fighting in armed and empty hand combat. The basic syllabus takes two years of regular training to complete.
Dr Mustafa adds that besides an art of self defence, silat
also places emphasis onadab
(respect) and adat
(customs). Traditional Malay values are maintained throughout classes where students are taught how to respect their elders and each other. Students are also taught how to confront danger (with or without weapons) which is useful for different age groups and gender.
practitioners are taught to respect our opponents and training tools. Before each session, we have to bow a little to shake hands with partners and kiss our weapon as a sign of respect. This traditional martial arts form teach us to avoid trouble and protect ourselves from danger. Being able to handle the keris
during practice has helped boost my sons’ self confidence,” explained Dr Mustafa, adding that plastic or wooden knives are also used during sparring sessions.
Traditionally, the keris is regarded more than just a weapon and the adab
(manners/ rules of behaviour) surrounding this art is extremely important. The keris is a symbol of the ancient Malay culture and must be respected, and those who own a keris carry heavy responsibilities. Learning the customs and traditions associated with the kerisis an integral part of the syllabus.
Another benefit of learning silat is that it is good for health as its practitioners learn how to regulate their breathing. “Some silat
students with asthma and shortness of breath are now more aware of proper breathing techniques. Learning how to improve breathing is among the core essentials of
silat,” said Azlan, who charges RM50 monthly for his silat
Azlan has also further developed Senaman Tua –
a traditional exercise system based on the movements found in Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9. He had turned to this exercise form after he suffering from a stroke at 32, which left him partially paralysed.
“Although I sought all sorts of treatments ranging from modern to traditional, I didn’t show signs of improvement. I eventually started to practise various techniques ofSenaman Tua
(which I had learnt from my father) and my health gradually improved,” recounted Azlan, who is the founder and editor of Seni Beladiri
, a monthly magazine dedicated to the Malaysian martial arts scene.
Dr Mustafa hopes more youngsters will learn silat as it is a self-defense art passed down from the warriors of the olden days. “Sadly, some feel that silat
is out of fashion and not a necessity. Hopefully more students will sign up for classes as it is a powerful martial arts form that stresses on team spirit and confidence.”
*For more details on Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9, go to senibeladiri.com.my.
article from: http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Family/Features/2013/09/25/Bonding-over-an-ancient-art.aspx
That’s what enraged Singapore Silat Federation head, Sheik Alauddin, wants from bowling chief and chairwoman of the Singapore Sports Awards (SSA), Jessie Phua.
Sheik’s fury stems from the omission of the Sportsman of the Year accolade from this year’s awards, after a selection committee deemed that no male athlete had achieved anything of note in 2012.
Silat world champion Muhd Shakir Juanda was one of four nominated for the honour, along with paddler Gao Ning, sailor Colin Cheng and wushu exponent Seet Wee Key.
While explaining the decision not to award a Sportsman of the Year to various media, Phua said the panel had to “consider the quality of the competition” faced by the athletes.
A source told Yahoo! Singapore that on the night of the awards held on Tuesday, Sheik – incensed by the comment – had approached a minister to “demand” an apology from Phua.
When contacted, Sheik said that he was “just telling (the minister) how the silat council and community were unhappy, hurt, down and low in morale” as a result of Phua’s remark.
The silat chief, himself a two-time Sportsman of the Year nominee and former world champion, confirmed he wanted Phua to "apologise to the community”.
“Is she saying the quality of silat is not there? This is the first time in my life, and in 30 years of silat, that I’ve heard something like this,” he told Yahoo! Singapore over the phone.
“I personally feel demoralized,” added the Singapore Sports Council Hall-of-Famer. “This is not about awards or medals. It’s about the integrity of the silat community.”
Phua declined to comment when pressed for a response. As part of her earlier explanation, she had referred to the number of participants in the athlete’s sport – a point which Sheikh passionately addressed.
“25 countries took part. But it’s not about how many countries are taking part. It’s about who you fight; your opponent’s background,” said Sheik. “Shakir fought world champions. He fought with the best of them all. This is not a 'kampong' sport. What more do you want?”
In the grand final of the World Pencak Silat Championships last year, Shakir overcame defending world and SEA Games champion Le Si Kien of Vietnam.
Moving forward, Sheik said that the Jakarta-based international silat body “will know about this” and that locally, the Singapore Silat Federation plans to convene to deliberate the matter on 3 July.
The three-time SEA Games gold medallist also hit out at the SSA selection panel’s modus operandi.
“I personally invited the relationship manager of SSC to Chiang Rai (in Thailand) to watch Shakir compete at the World Championships, but they said they were busy,” said Sheik. “After that, the committee never interviewed the silat federation about Shakir’s achievement.”
The sports awards were given out during a gala ceremony on Tuesday. Table-tennis paddler Feng Tianwei won Sportswoman of the Year, but there was no male equivalent.
Former national fencer and triathlete Nicholas Fang, who was on the committee to decide the SSA recipients, told Yahoo! Singapore on the night itself that the committee was “not disparaging the achievements (of) the male athletes”.
Fang, who is also a Nominated Member of Parliament, then said that Shakir’s efforts did not go unrecognized as “we made sure we rewarded him with a meritorious award.”
But he acknowledged that the exclusion of a Sportsman of the Year award was “very tough” and that the “sports fraternity is disappointed for sure”.
Ultimately, he said, the panel’s decision was based on the need to “inspire people to aim very high.”
“If somebody wants to be Sportsman of the Year, he really has to dream big,” concluded Fang.
The question now is how big is big enough.
Article from http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-sports/singapore-silat-chief-want-apology-demoralising-remark-031350035.html
SINGAPORE - The Singapore sports community lost a former world champion on Friday night with the sudden death of retired silat exponent Abdul Kadir Ibrahim.
It is understood that the 40-year-old had collapsed after complaining of chest pains. He was running errands with his wife at the time, after going for a jog.
He was buried on Saturday morning and leaves behind six children, the youngest was born just under a month ago.
Kadir won the Match Male Class 'E' title at the 5th World Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 1997. Two years later, he won the gold medal in the same class at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Brunei.
Singapore Silat Federation (SSF) chief executive officer Sheik Alauddin told TODAY that he is still reeling from the news about his friend who worked as a national coach for a few years after retiring from the sport.
in picture: Kadir, who won the Match Male Class 'E' title at the 5th World Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 1997, died on
Friday night, aged 40.
"I received a call from a friend yesterday, and I was in disbelief when he told me the news," the 46-year-old former three-time world champion said, with a heavy sigh.
"And then, one by one, I kept getting calls and messages from friends with the same news. It is a very sad day for the Singapore silat family.
"This just shows that death can strike anyone at any time. Somehow, it seems that it doesn't matter how fit or healthy you are."
Former national fencer Nicholas Fang remembers Kadir as "a great sportsman" as well as "a really nice guy." They had travelled to a few editions of the SEA Games together as part of the Singapore contingent during the late 1990s.
"He was a very fierce competitor but off the mat, he was very warm, genuine and always smiling," said Fang who is now the president of Singapore Fencing and a Nominated Member of Parliament.
Sheik said he will meet up with the SSF Council to discuss what forms of support the national sports association can provide for Kadir's family.
Dear comrades, we greet you with the universal greeting of peace “Assalaamu Alaikum Waragmatullahi Wabarakatoe”, a prayer of peace from us to you
.RE: Palestine Bazaar| South African Friends of Palestine Convoy 2013
The South African Friends of Palestine (SAFP) invites the community of Cape Town to join them for a day of fun filled shopping and entertainment at the Ottery Islamic Society Hall (Oracle Academy) on Saturday 31st August 2013.
Hosted under the auspices of South African activist Aishah Cassiem, a Palestine Bazaar will take place on the day to raise funds for the upcoming SAFP Convoy 2013. Activist from around SA will be leaving to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in early September to donate much needed funds to various schools, orphanage homes, places of worship and community centres, during their 10 day stay. All funds raised from the Palestine bazaar will strictly go towards the convoy, Insha’Allah.
A variety of entertainment can be expected on the day, along with special guest speakers from various organisations in SA, including the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU)
and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).
A variety of stalls will also be available from 9am – 7pm, ranging from fashion wear to beautiful jewellery, hijaab galore to health and beauty products, Eastern accessories to Palestine products, as well as tantalising foods to tickle your taste buds and delicious home-made cake’s & savouries. A media screening will also take place on the day, along with much more other exciting endeavours.
If possible, we would like all to be dressed in the colours of Palestine , Inshallah. I am hoping that you can take from your time to come and join us on the day, in support of Palestine. Remember our honourable president Nelson Mandela had once said “South Africa is not free until the people of Palestine are free...”
If you would like to know more about the Palestine Bazaar in aid of the South African Friends of Palestine Convoy 2013, please contact Aishah Cassiem on 0799662228
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more details on SAFP contact the Pretoria offices at 0848178005
(Tasneem Mart) or email email@example.com
Please share this information with all you know. Thank you.
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The South African Friends of Palestine Stall booking:Regarding stall bookings for the Palestine Bazaar; all interested stall holders should please make a payment of R400 into the following account before the20th July 2013. Please forward your name of stall/ business, as your posters need to be printed out for the day of event. Banking details:Standard BankA CassiemPromenade BranchBranch number: 026609Account Number: 310932661 There are a lot of stall bookings coming in and no need to worry about losing out on the day, as we will only have up to one or two stalls selling the same items, depending on what the product is. We will not have more than two of the same stalls as this will be a lost for stallholders. Please book soonest. Shukran
Youth Day on 16 June in South Africa commemorates the start of the Soweto riots of 1976, initially sparked by a government edict that all instruction in black schools would be held in Afrikaans. The iconic picture of Hector Pieterson, a black schoolchild shot by the police, brought home to many people within and outside South Africa the brutalities of the Apartheid regime.
While we honour and remember our young heroes of the past, lets read something about a young man from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). He was a real example of Budi Pekerti Luhur (noble mind and character) which is the highest aspiration of a Silat martial artist. His name is Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (May Allah be pleased with him).
When he was still a youth, not yet past the age of puberty, he used to roam the mountain trails of Makkah far away from people, tending the flocks of a Quraysh chieftain, Uqbah ibn Muayt. People called him "Ibn Umm Abd"--the son of the mother of a slave. His real name was Abdullah and his father's name was Mas'ud.
The youth had heard the news of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who had appeared among his people but he did not attach any importance to it both because of his age and because he was usually far away from Makkan society. It was his custom to leave with the flock of Uqbah early in the morning and not return until nightfall.
One day while tending the flocks, Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) saw two men, middle-aged and of dignified bearing, coming towards him from a distance. They were obviously very tired. They were also so thirsty that their lips and throat were quite dry. They came up to him, greeted him and said, "Young man, milk one of these sheep for us that we may quench our thirst and recover our strength."
"I cannot," replied the young man. "The sheep are not mine. I am only responsible for looking after them."
The two men did not argue with him. In fact, although they were so thirsty, they were extremely pleased at the honest reply. The pleasure showed on their faces . . .
The two men in fact were the blessed Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) himself and his companion, Abu Bakr Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). They had gone out on that day to the mountains of Makkah to escape the violent persecution of the Quraysh.
The young man in turn was impressed with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and his companion and soon became quite attached to them.
It was not long before Abdullah ibn Mas'ud became a Muslim and offered to be in the service of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) agreed and from that day the fortunate Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) gave up tending sheep in exchange for looking after the needs of the blessed Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) remained closely attached to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He would attend to his needs both inside and outside the house. He would accompany him on journeys and expeditions. He would wake him when he slept. He would shield him when he washed. He would carry his staff and his siwak (toothbrush) and attend to his other personal needs.
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) received a unique training in the household of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He was under the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he adopted his manner and followed his every trait until it was said of him, "He was the closest to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in character."
Abdullah was taught in the 'school" of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He was the best reciter of the Quran among the companions and he understood it better than them all. He was therefore the most knowledgeable on the Shariah. Nothing can illustrate this better than the story of the man who came to Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) as he was standing on the plain of Arafat and said:
"I have come, O Amir al-Mumineen, from Kufah where I left a man filling copies of the Quran from memory." Umar became very angry and paced up and down beside his camel, fuming. "Who is he?" he asked. "Abdullah ibn Mas'ud," replied the man. Umar's anger subsided and he regained his composure. "Woe to you," he said to the man. "By Allah, I don't know of any person left who is more qualified in this matter than he is. Let me tell you about this." Umar continued: "One night the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was having a conversation with Abu Bakr about the situation of Muslims. I was with them. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left, we left with him also and as we passed through the masjid, there was a man standing in Prayer whom we did not recognize. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stood and listened to him, then turned to us and said, 'Whoever wants to read the Quran as fresh as when it was revealed, then let him read according to the recitation of Ibn Umm Abd.'
After the Prayer, as Abdullah sat making supplications, the Prophet , peace be on him, said, "Ask and it will be given to you. Ask and it will be given to you." Umar continued: "I said to myself, I shall go to Abdullah ibn Mas'ud straight away and tell him the good news of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)'s ensuring acceptance of his supplications. I went and did so but found that Abu Bakr had gone before me and conveyed the good news to him. By Allah, I have never yet beaten Abu Bakr in the doing of any good."
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) attained such a knowledge of the Quran that he would say, "By Him besides Whom there is no god, no verse of the book of Allah has been revealed without my knowing where it was revealed and the circumstances of its revelation. By Allah, if I know there was anyone who knew more of the Book of Allah, I will do whatever is in my power to be with him."
Abdullah was not exaggerating in what he said about himself. Once Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) met a caravan on one of his journeys as caliph. It was pitch dark and the caravan could not be seen properly. Umar ordered someone to hail the caravan. It happened that Abdullah ibn Mas'ud was in it.
"From where do you come?" asked Umar.
"From a deep valley," came the reply. (The expression used fajj amiq deep valley--is a Quranic one).
"And where are you going?" asked Umar.
"To the ancient house," came the reply. (The expression used al-bayt al-atiq ancient house, is a Quranic one.)
"There is a learned person (alim) among them," said Umar and he commanded someone to ask the person:
"Which part of the Quran is the greatest?"
"Allah, there is no god except Him, the Living, the Self-subsisting. Neither slumber overtakes Him nor sleep," replied the person answering, quoting the Ayat al-Kursi (the verse of the Throne).
"Which part of the Quran is the most clear on justice?"
"Allah commands what is just and fair, and the feeding of relatives..." came the answer.
"What it the most comprehensive statement of the Quran?'
"Whoever does an atom's weight of good shall see it, and whoever does an atom's weight of evil shall see it."
"Which part of the Quran gives rise to the greatest hope?'
"Say, O my servants who have wasted their resources, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. He is the Forgiving, the Compassionate."
Thereupon Umar asked:
"Is Abdullah ibn Mas'ud among you?'
"Yes, by Allah," the men in the caravan replied.
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) was not only a reciter of the Quran, a learned man or a fervent worshipper. He was in addition a strong and courageous fighter, one who became deadly serious when the occasion demanded it.
The companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were together one day in Makkah. They were still few in number, weak and oppressed. They said, "The Quraysh have not yet heard the Quran being recited openly and loudly. Who is the man who could recite it for them?'
"I shall recite it from them," volunteered Abdullah ibn Mas'ud . "We are afraid for you," they said. "We only want someone who has a clan who would protect him from their evil. "
"Let me," Abdullah ibn Mas'ud insisted, "Allah shall protect me and keep me away from their evil." He then went out to the masjid until he reached Maqam-e-Ibrahim (a few meters from the Kabah). It was dawn and the Quraysh were sitting around the Kabah. Abdullah stopped at the Maqam and began to recite:
"Bismillah irRahman irRahim. Ar-Rahman. Allamal Quran. Khalaqal insan. Allamahul bayan... (In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful. The Most Merciful (Allah). He has taught the Quran. He has created man and taught him the clear truth...)" - Quran: Surah Rahman 55:1-4
He went on reciting. The Quraysh looked at him intently and some of them asked: "What is Ibn Umm Abd saying?" "Woe to him! He is reciting some of what Muhammad brought!" they realized.
They went up to him and began beating his face as he continued reciting. When he went back to his companions the blood was flowing from his face.
"This is what we feared for you," they said. "By Allah," replied Abdullah, "the enemies of Allah are not more comfortable than I at this moment. If you wish, I shall go out tomorrow and do the same." "You have done enough," they said. "You have made them hear what they dislike."
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) lived to the time of Khalifah Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him. When he was sick and on his death-bed, Uthman came to visit him and said:
"What is your ailment?"
"And what do you desire?"
"The mercy of my Lord."
"Shall I not give you your stipend which you have refused to take for years now?"
"I have no need of it."
"Let it be for your daughters after you."
"Do you fear poverty for my children? I have commanded them to read Surah al-Waqiah every night for I have heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying, "Whoever reads Al-Waqiah every night shall not be afflicted by poverty ever."
That night, Abdullah passed away to the company of his Lord, his tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah and with the recitation of the verses of His Book.
BY LOW LIN FHOONG-
SINGAPORE — Former silat world champion Saiedah Said has been slapped with a two-year ban after testing positive for illegal substances Nor-Sibutramine and OH-Nor Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant used for weight loss, at the 38th National Pencak Silat Championships on April 14.
The 28-year-old firefighter — who won the Sportsgirl of the Year award in 2005 — won a gold medal in match Class E (65-70kg) at the National Championships, but tested positive for banned substances after an in-competition test conducted by Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS).
She was informed of a possible Anti-Doping rule violation on May 21 and had requested for her “B” sample to be analysed.
Following the confirmation of her “A” sample result, the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC), a tribunal body independent of ADS and the national sports associations, decided to impose a two-year ban. It means the veteran silat exponent will not be able to participate as athlete or support staff in any sport during this period.
She has also been disqualified from the National Championships, and all results, medals, points and prizes won at the event will be forfeited. The deadline for appeal to the National Anti-Doping Appeals Committee is June 17.
Said ADS Deputy Director Yeo Say Po: “Under the World Anti-Doping Code, the rule of strict liability states that it is ultimately the athlete’s sole responsibility to ensure that anything that they ingest does not contain any prohibited substance.
“This case is a reminder to all athletes to be always mindful of what they consume to avoid falling foul of any anti-doping rule violation.”
When contacted by TODAY, Singapore Silat Federation Chief Executive Officer Sheik Alauddin stressed it was a case of “accidental doping”. “We knew of this a few days ago, and spoke to Saiedah about it,” he said.
“She was sick before the National Championships and her mother went to Geylang or Johor Baru and got her some traditional medicine for her health. Her mother made a mistake.
“Saiedah has been with us for years and has competed at the SEA Games and world championships. The council is meeting tonight to deliberate ... we are going to appeal to ADS and SSC (Singapore Sports Council) and explain the matter and see how best we can help her.”
While silat athletes are known to lose or gain weight to compete in different weight classes, Sheik stressed that there was no need for Saiedah to consume appetite suppressants.
“She is at a comfortable weight of 68kg at the moment. Her usual weight class is C (55-60kg) and she fought in the E class (65-70kg) at the national championships, so there was no need for her to lose weight,” he said.
A two-time bronze medallist at the SEA Games, Saiedah’s two-year ban could deliver a blow to Singapore silat’s medal chances at the December Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
In December 2012, Singapore’s Muhammad Shakir Bin Juanda was crowned world champion at the World Pencak Silat Championships in Chiang Rai, Thailand, after he came from behind to beat Vietnamese favourite, Le Si Kien, in the Class-I (85–90kg) category. He also took home the title of Best Athlete of the entire tournament.
Read more about this Champions experience and achievements by clicking: http://www.redsports.sg/2013/03/22/silat-muhammad-shakir/
Silat warriors from 25 countries will display their ability in the Silat Minang International Jamboree event in Nagari Talang Babungo, Solok district from 20-26 August.
Head of Tourism of Solok, Jasman said to ranahberita.com
on Tuesday (05/14/2013) that the event was organized by the community observers and performers of Silat Minang Talang Babungo. In the meanwhile, the government fully supports the event.
He explained that all participants would be camping in the open. " 25 countries has already provided confirmation.
Those from abroad prefers camping rather than to over-night in a hotel," said Jasman.
According to Jasman, the government essentially wanted the program to start 16 August. However, the foreign national participants has to adjust according to their work schedule. The event, he added, aims to restore the authenticity of Silat Minang. "Given the outstanding amount of Silat Minang practitioners abroad, from England, Germany, Panama and others, it necessitates introduction and explanation what Silat Minang exactly is about, "said Jasman.
Jasman explains, many Silat Minang schools are established abroad. Sometimes, the teachers only study abroad for a while. "They only learn for a year or two over here, thereafter they instantly become instructors.
In fact, Silat Minang is unique, as its correlation with Islam, " says Jasman.
In addition to foreign fighters, the Jambore will also be enlivened by the Minang fighters themselves from West Sumatra. Jasman said, there are approximately 500 silat schools in West Sumatra. The committee will invite all the schools (branches) that exist. For the smooth flowing of this event, the Solok region government had met some of the relevant ministries.
"We've got the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education and Culture," Jasman said.
"We from the government, are ready to assist in all aspects, such as asking for the support of the center and look for sponsors," said Jasman. (Raju Arafat | Yose)
News translated to english from ranahberita.com
Semarang, C Java (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian team became the overall champion in the 18th Open Belgian Pencak Silat Championship May 4-5 in Scholen Sporthall, Belgium.
"We were triumphant in Belgium by nine golds, two silvers and three bronzes," Indro Catur, Pencak Silat National Training Camp Coach (Pelatnas) said through phone to ANTARA News here on Monday.
The championship followed by 11 countries namely Vietnam, Malaysia, Suriname, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, England, Swiss, Indonesia and Belgium.
He said the Open Belgian Championship 2013 was the preparation tournament for Pencak Silat fighter before the athletes fight in a bigger event.
"We are grateful for this achievement. The Belgian Open would be our warming-up event before Indonesian fighters facing the multi-event sport competition, Southeast ASEAN Games 2013 Myanmar," Indro said.
He said from 15 fighters only one athlete failed to get a medal.
The nine gold medals were won from six men`s categories namely Awaluddin (class A), Johan (class B), M Adrian (class C), Sapto Purnomo (class D), Nyoman Sapurtaman (class H) dan Bagaskoro (Class I).
The other three gold medals were won by Wenny Sasmita (class B), Wewey Wita (class C) and Mariati (Class E).
Two silver medals were given by Yulinar Tikasari (women`s class A) and Pipiet Kamela (women`s class D).
Meanwhile, the bronze medals were presented by M Rizky Adi (men`s class G), Afriansyah (men`s class F) and Indria Milasari (women`s class F). (*)Editor: Heru
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