Shahiri Fullah bin Ibrahim, a 29 year old Silat expert and coach arrived in Cape Town on the 16th December 2014. His purpose in Cape Town was clearly defined i.e; to disseminate as much Silat Sport knowledge as possible amongst pesilats in Cape Town. Currently, Coach Shahiri works as a school teacher in Malaysia, and holds a Degree in Sports Education and Health, as well as a Diploma in Sport Science.
The 12 day program included intensive training for selected potential athletes, as well as workshops on Rules and Regulations; Sport massage and Taping, and Skill & tactics. The entire program was focussed mainly on the Sport and athletic aspect of silat tournaments. Although the entire program was meant only for silat members, the public had the chance to attend an open air workshop at the Mouille Point Lighthouse in Seapoint.
For many of the pesilats in Cape Town, coach Shahiri's humility and great interpersonal skills has left deep imprints on their hearts. Here's what some of them had to say:
"Thank you for the personal attention and for never giving up on a person.' - Hammaadah
"You can be a champion you just have to work hard and believe in yourself and I learnt that champions can also have lots of humility." - Muneeb
"I learnt that limits is just in our mind in reality what we are capable of is so much more than what we think" - Zaid
"Coach Shahiri resembled highest level of semangat/spirit which I could see was very infectious on all pesilats. The year of semangat ended on a high note thanks to coach and all people involved." - Ebrahim
"Selamat malam. The trip was excellent for students of Pencak Silat." - Tuan Hilmy
"Van damme splits with coach sepet , once in your lifetime✌" - Natheem
"Slm from what I saw was that he kept the kids interested and kids became motivated to try different techniques during sparring. It was an honour to host him here in Cape Town." - Masturah
"Its definitely a skill to keep an audience alert and interested, especially kids." Nabeel
"It was wonderful that Coach Shahiri's time here was utilised optimally. It was especially great that the young pesilats who made themselves available received so much attention and time from him. He made a point of getting to know them all personally, by name. It was the most endearing thing to see, during his time here how beautifully the young pesilats were able to train side by side, with their older pesilat brothers ... and sisters!" Zubeida
"Coach Shahiri's professionalism coupled with his humble manner at all times , will be long remembered."
"Coach definitely left a deep impression on all he interacted with no one felt they did not have his attention."
Coach Shahiri will be meeting up with us in Pukhet, as appointed coach in the 16th Silat World Championships. The tournament takes place from 7th - 17th january 2015, and Muneeb Solomons will be representing South Africa as an athlete/fighter in class C category. We wish Muneeb all the best in his performance, and hopefully he might surprise us by bringing back a medal for South Africa!
We at Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka South Africa and Malaysia would like to thank AWQAFSA for their sponsorship and confidence in us. We hope to benefit many more people through the art of silat InshaAllah.
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