Sheikh Riyadh Walls (Imam of Aljaamiah Masjid) discusses Silat with Tuan Hilmy
_The First of its kind in South Africa, the Aljaamiah Academy will open its doors for future memorisers of the Holy Quran in January 2012 Insha-Allah. The complete name, Aljaamiah Quran & Seni Silat Academy was born from a discussion with The imam of Stegman rd masjid, Claremont. Sheikh Riyadh Walls approached us to initiate silat classes during the week at the masjid in order to bring beneficial activities to the masjid. The idea then progressed to become the first Haafith School in Cape Town integrating sports activity within the school curriculum.
This idea is not a new one, as this kind of Islamic educational system is the norm in Malaysia and Indonesia, whereby the teachers are educated in Deen as well as in Silat martial arts. We hope that this Academy will be one of the beacons of light for contiuous guidance, spiritually, mentally, and physically Ameen.
Join Aljaamiah Quran & Seni Silat Academy for our Open Day on the 3rd of December 2011 between 3-5 PM at the Aljaamiah Masjid, Stegman Rd, Claremont, and share our vision for the Huffaath of tomorrow.
The Aljaamiah Academy will ensure a safe and fun learning environment for anyone from the ages of 10 and upward. There is no age limit to learning the Quran. Other essential subjects offered are Fiqh, Aqeedah, Adaab wal Adhkaar (advices and etiquette from the Sunnah), Inshaad (islamic songs and musicality) and Bahasa Indonesia (conversational). Students will also be taught via audio visual learning aids in their studies of Quran, Inshaad, Arts or Silat. We believe that to be a Hafith (carrier of the Quran), one must cultivate the love and interest for the Quran and Islam using any beneficial means.
Our youth is one the most important sectors of the Ummah as they are the future of society and continuously need to be given tools to lead a good pure life. The vices of society are many, and we believe that if the youth have the necessary spiritual nourishment, their resistence to wrong will be much higher. A Muslim must be strong in order to faithfully carry out his or her duty towards Allah. That is why the nabi Muhammad (S.A.W) said "A strong believer is better than a weak believer." How much better will it be if our huffaath become useful with their hands as much as with their minds and hearts. This is the reason why we have included other subjects like Islamic Art & Calligraphy, Silat and Inshaad.
The carriers of the Quran should be humble, so that their hearts can be filled with wisdom. Learning Seni Silat martial arts along with the memorisation of Al Quran will teach us discipline, respect and humility and hopefully this will contribute towards producing better Huffaath Insha-Allah.
“In a time when Malays in Malaysia are straying further away from their religion and culture, our brethren across the sea are making strides in inculcating both beautiful Deen and wise Customs into their young. It makes me proud to see their efforts and I pray that Allah rewards them and saves us all because of it. Amin."
Mohd Nadzrin Wahab
International Islamic university Malaysia Alumni and founder of Silat Melayu Community
for more information go to www.aljaamiahacademy.co.za
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
call 0718698240 or 0718957452
Since yesterday, the Goodwood masjied Silat program has had a huge response Alhamdulillah. We now have 25 young warriors (male & female) registered for the program. Parents were given a short briefing about the program, and were urged to bring their kids on time for silat training, as this would teach them discipline.
The door is not yet closed, as we still have 25 spaces available. Registration forms can be requested via email, and returned on sunday, 4th December between 4pm - 5:30pm at our next registration day. This will mark the official closing of registrations Insha-Allah.
For those in the Mitchels Plain Area, we will follow the same program starting the 12th Dec until 6th January 2012. Training will take place mon-fri at colorado park masjied between 1:30 - 3:30. Registration will take place on sunday 4th Dec between 1:30 - 3PM.
for more information contact us on 0718698240 or email email@example.com
_ Can exercise make the brain more fit? That absorbing question inspired a new study at the University of South Carolina during which scientists assembled mice and assigned half to run for an hour a day on little treadmills, while the rest lounged in their cages without exercising.
Earlier studies have shown that exercise sparks neurogenesis, or the creation of entirely new brain cells. But the South Carolina scientists were not looking for new cells. They were looking inside existing ones to see if exercise was whipping those cells into shape, similar to the way that exercise strengthens muscle.
For centuries, people have known that exercise remodels muscles, rendering them more durable and fatigue-resistant. In part, that process involves an increase in the number of muscle mitochondria, the tiny organelles that float around a cell’s nucleus and act as biological powerhouses, helping to create the energy that fuels almost all cellular activity. The greater the mitochondrial density in a cell, the greater its vitality.
Past experiments have shown persuasively that exercise spurs the birth of new mitochondria in muscle cells and improves the vigor of the existing organelles. This upsurge in mitochondria, in turn, has been linked not only to improvements in exercise endurance but to increased longevity in animals and reduced risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease in people. It is a very potent cellular reaction.
Brain cells are also fueled by mitochondria. But until now, no one has known if a similar response to exercise occurs in the brain.
Like muscles, many parts of the brain get a robust physiological workout during exercise. “The brain has to work hard to keep the muscles moving” and all of the bodily systems in sync, says J. Mark Davis, a professor of exercise science at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and senior author of the new mouse study, which was published last month in The Journal of Applied Physiology. Scans have shown that metabolic activity in many parts of the brain surges during workouts, but it was unknown whether those active brain cells were actually adapting and changing.
To see, the South Carolina scientists exercised their mice for eight weeks. The sedentary control animals were housed in the same laboratory as the runners to ensure that, except for the treadmill sessions, the two groups shared the same environment and routine.
At the end of the two months, the researchers had both groups complete a run to exhaustion on the treadmill. Not surprisingly, the running mice displayed much greater endurance than the loungers. They lasted on the treadmills for an average of 126 minutes, versus 74 minutes for the unexercised animals.
More interesting, though, was what was happening inside their brain cells. When the scientists examined tissue samples from different portions of the exercised animals’ brains, they found markers of upwelling mitochondrial development in all of the tissues. Some parts of their brains showed more activity than others, but in each of the samples, the brain cells held newborn mitochondria.
There was no comparable activity in brain cells from the sedentary mice.
This is the first report to show that, in mice at least, two months of exercise training “is sufficient stimulus to increase mitochondrial biogenesis,” Dr. Davis and his co-authors write in the study.
The finding is an important “piece in the puzzle implying that exercise can lead to mitochondrial biogenesis in tissues other than muscle,” says Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of medicine at McMaster Children’s Hospital, who was not involved with this experiment but has conducted many exercise studies.
The mitochondrial proliferation in the animals’ brains has implications that are wide-ranging and heartening. “There is evidence” from other studies “that mitochondrial deficits in the brain may play a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases,” including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, Dr. Davis says. Having a larger reservoir of mitochondria in your brain cells could provide some buffer against those conditions, he says.
Dr. Tarnopolsky agrees. “Epidemiological studies show that long-term runners have a lower risk of neurological disease,” he points out.
More immediately, Dr. Davis speculates, re-energized brain cells could behave like mitochondrial-drenched muscle cells, becoming more resistant to fatigue and, since bodily fatigue is partly mediated by signals from the brain, allowing you to withstand more exercise. In effect, exercising the body may train the brain to allow you to exercise more, amplifying the benefits.
Revitalized brain cells also, at least potentially, could reduce mental fatigue and sharpen your thinking “even when you’re not exercising,” Dr. Davis says.
Of course, this experiment was conducted with animals, and “mouse brains are not human brains,” Dr. Davis says. “But,” he continues, “since mitochondrial biogenesis has been shown to occur in human muscles, just as it does in animal muscles, it is a reasonable supposition that it occurs in human brains.”
Best of all, the effort required to round your brain cells into shape is not daunting. A 30-minute jog, Dr. Davis says, is probably a good human equivalent of the workout that the mice completed.
Written by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
Sourced from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/how-exercise-can-strengthen-the-brain/
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 11/18/2011 11:51 AM A | A | A | Indonesia is back atop the podium in pencak silat, with its emotionally charged comeback as Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion bolstered by its home advantage.
After closely contested bouts on Thursday at Padepokan Pencak Silat TMII in East Jakarta, the host team finished one short of its target of 10 golds, with a total of nine gold, five silver and two bronze medals from 18 events. It beat out its closest rivals Vietnam (six gold, seven silver, five bronze) and Malaysia (three gold, one silver, seven bronze).
In the 2009 SEA Games, Indonesia could only muster two golds, trailing Vietnam with six golds and Malaysia with four. It was a particularly humiliating defeat because the martial art originated in the Indonesian archipelago.
On Tuesday, Indonesia made a clean sweep of the six artistic (seni) medals in competition.
National head coach Maryatno said his team was buoyed by its tremendous home support and also 18 months of intensive training.
“The presence of family members also lifted the spirits of our athletes,” he said.
However, he conceded that Vietnam, which had been touted as the new force in pencak silat two years ago, displayed formidable mental strength, while his team was brittle at times.
The atmosphere was feverish on Thursday’s final day, with the 3,000-seat sports hall packed with local spectators as well as fans from neighboring countries.
From the eight Indonesian fighters vying for gold after a haul of five golds on Wednesday, only Dian Kristianto (class A 45-50 kg), Amelia Roring (class E 65-70 kg) and Rosmayani (C 65-70 kg) were
“It was a hard match, my opponent is strong and I was worrying about my knee during the fight because my ligament was injured in 2009,” Dian said, saying his opponents usually attacked his weaker knee.
Dian, who was also the champion at the 2007 Games, dedicated his medal to his wife Niken Hartati. His final against Anothai Choopeng of Thailand was marred by local spectators throwing empty plastic bottles after Thai fans accused the referee of bias against their athlete.
There was a thrilling encounter between Indonesia’s Sapto Purnomo and Malaysia’s Ahmad Shahril in men’s group D (60-65 kg) amid fervent sentiment between supporters of the two athletes.
“I just fell once, I am a little bit disappointed but I will have to be introspective about it,” Sapto said of losing 5-0 on points.
He added that Shahril was his fiercest rival after he defeated the Malaysian in the 2010 Word Cup semifinal in Jakarta on his way to becoming world champion.
“Maybe he learned my moves from the last time we met,” said Sapto. (rpt)
OUT of the many Malay warriors of Pahang who stood up against the British in the late 1880’s, only one lived to witness with his very own eyes the nation’s independence. He was Mat Kilau, the son of local chieftain Imam Perang Rasu (aka Tok Gajah), and one of the Malay warriors who rebelled between the 1880s and 1890s when the colonial masters extended their rule to Pahang.
Gallant walk: Mohamed bin Ibrahim being taken to the town hall to be declared the true Mat Kilau, the fighter against British rule.Mat Kilau even had the opportunity to shout the magical word “Merdeka” on August 31, 1957, something that his contemporaries Datuk Bahaman, Haji Abdul Rahman Limbong and Tok Janggut or the earlier ones like Datuk Maharaja Lela and Dol Said did not live to do. But on that historic day, none of the hundreds who turned up at the state mosque field in Kuantan realised that the high-spirited but frail-looking centenarian standing among them was Mat Kilau, the man who once tormented the British. Mat Kilau’s obscurity is equally legendary. The feared warrior went into oblivion for more than half a century as he was on the run after the British put a price on his head and branded him a traitor to the Sultan. At the initial stages, Mat Kilau, Datuk Bahaman, Mat Kelubi, Awang Nong, Teh Ibrahim, Haji Mat Wahid and Mat Lela staged a formidable resistance that unnerved the British. Mat Kilau and Datuk Bahaman’s names are etched in the nation’s annals as those responsible for the Lubuk Terua war where they attacked a police post set up by the British and fatally wounded two British policemen. They even conquered Temerloh. However, with more reinforcement and a clever ploy of accusing the group of betraying the Sultan, the British succeeded in stopping more locals from joining the group and isolated it from the community. This eroded the group’s strength that at one time reached 600 and prompted them to flee.
Demise: Mat Kilau died at the age of 122 years on August 16, 1970. His body was buried in Pulau Tawar, Jerantut, Pahang.The British continued to hunt them. Records show that his father Tok Gajah who was also involved in the resistance took refuge in Hulu Terengganu and died there, while Datuk Bahaman and several of his followers surrendered to the Siamese rulers. What happened to Mat Kilau then is unclear till today but he definitely went through a lot of hardship especially when he had to move from place to place and take refuge under different names like Mat Dahan, Mat Dadu and Mat Siam. After being on the run for many years, he returned to Pahang and settled in Kampung Batu 5, Gambang, Kuantan, under the name of Mohamed bin Ibrahim @ Mat Siam. Mat Kilau’s real identity only came out into the open when he himself made a declaration after the Friday prayers at the Pulau Tawar mosque in Jerantut on Dec 26, 1969. After months of research and investigations, the Pahang state government finally confirmed that he was indeed Mat Kilau. Unfortunately 10 days after the confirmation, Mat Kilau died on Aug 16, 1970, at his home in Kampung Batu 5. He is said to have died at the age of 122 based on his estimated birth year of 1847. He was buried with full honours befitting a national hero at his birthplace, Kampung Masjid Pulau Tawar, Jerantut. His adopted son who later became his son-in-law as well, Abu Bakar Awang, 80, said that before he revealed his real identity he was very evasive each time when asked about his background. Mat Kilau probably feared that he was yet to be pardoned for the allegations that he had betrayed the Sultan. During the uprising, Pahang was under the reign of Sultan Ahmad Al-Muazam Shah. He waited almost 12 years after independence to reveal that he was Mat Kilau as he feared the Sultan hadn’t forgiven him,” said Abu Bakar. One of his daughters, Aminah, 80, when met at her home in Kampung Batu 5, confirmed that before Mat Kilau declared his actual identity, none of his children had the faintest idea that their father known as Mat Siam was actually a warrior dreaded by the English. Aminah is among four out of Mat Kilau’s five surviving children who have settled around Kuantan. The others are Sabariah, Abdul Rahman, Salamah and Razali, while the eldest, Zaleha, married to Abu Bakar, died in 1978. Continuing the story, Abu Bakar, despite his advanced age, recalled vividly Mat Kilau’s excitement on the run-up to the proclamation of independence. “On that day (Aug 31, 1957), he woke up early and after the subuh (dawn) prayer he got ready to leave for Kuantan as he was aware that the proclamation was also being held in the states, other than at Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. “I was wondering why he was so eager to go to the state mosque field. Even though he was more than 100 years old then, I noticed he was so excited to celebrate the historic occasion,” he said. Abu Bakar who is the lead instructor of Seni Silat Tapak Setia Suci, the art of self-defence he inherited from his warrior father-in-law, remembered clearly how Mat Kilau had donned a white round-necked T-shirt with a grey overcoat and a kain sampin wrapped over the top part of his dark long pants. He wore shoes and his head was wrapped with a piece of cloth known as kain cindai. “Even I was intrigued where he got all those things and what the kain cindai signified,” he said. According to tradition, the kain cindai is a piece of silk cloth used by Malay warriors to wrap around their head before getting into the ring to confront their foes. Abu Bakar said the bizzare clothing and behaviour prompted Mat Kilau’s wife Ajrah Bakar to reproach him, asking, “what’s wrong with you?”. Upon getting ready, Abu Bakar and Mat Kilau left the house together and waited for the free bus ride made available by the authorities in conjunction with the celebration. Though the bus was packed with people, nothing could deter Mat Kilau who was obviously impatient to get to the field. “When we arrived at the field, we waited for the proclamation of independence. We managed to see the parade ... there were decorated cars too and he (Mat Kilau) was visibly exulted,” Abu Bakar recalled. When the shouts of Merdeka began, Mat Kilau too joined in chorus. While at the field Mat Kilau told Abu Bakar, “see, who would have thought I too will live to see this country’s independence”. This made Abu Bakar wonder what this man was actually trying to say. Abu Bakar, who lived with Mat Kilau since the age of 18, noted that his father-in-law felt contented with the opportunity to shout “Merdeka” at the field in Kuantan. He was too feeble to go the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur to witness the proclamation of independence there. Abu Bakar said the declaration of Merdeka was probably the most defining moment for the warrior who tried to defend his race, religion and the sovereignty of his nation from occupation by foreign powers. Abu Bakar now hopes that some historical texts especially those describing him as someone who betrayed the Sultan be revised. “The English labelled Mat Kilau and his colleague Datuk Bahaman as rebels and traitors just to hoodwink the people so that they wouldn’t support their struggle,” said Abu Bakar, who is also the Kampung Batu 5 headman. Mat Kilau’s grandson, Alhamadi Abu Bakar, 40, said though his grandfather did not leave any wealth, he left a legacy and unparalleled gallantry to be inherited by the coming generations in defending the nation from various forms of colonisation. – Bernama
The Goodwood Islamic Society offers alternative, Islamic and beneficial activities this coming holidays for our youth. The society has approached the Silat team to have silat training at its premises. We offered an intensive, 40hours of silat whereby participants will learn all the basics of Silat empty handed combat. This program is aimed at the youth to combat boredom over the december holidays, and also to give them necessary lifeskills and confidence.
40 Hours of Pencak Silat Training at Goodwood Masjid
Youth can apply from ages 8 and up. The program starts Mon 12th December to be held 2 hours per day over 20days. Weekdays training only (mon-fri), to end on the Fri 6th January 2012 Insha-Allah. Begins in the morning from 9-11am.
It is our sincere intention to provide beneficial activities for our youth in an Islamic enviroment during the school holidays. Often do parents complain that their kids are bored at home during the holidays and there are no activities to occupy them. Many kids occupy themselves with useless activities and sometimes get upto mischief. As the course will only be followed on weekdays, parents can plan weekend activities and outings for their kids as usual.
Two hours of training per day would teach them how to defend themselves against attacks and how to deal with aggression. 40 hours of training over 20 days usually amounts to 3-6 months of training. The syllabus taught over this short period is usually taught in 1 year of silat training. On Completion of the course, participants will do a demonstration on the 7th january.
Participants will learn:
- Senam Silat & Pernafasan - Silat martial arts Exercises & Breathing
- Pelabat beladiri - Basis of silat self defense techniques including:
- Punching, kicking, blocks, footwork, Sweeps
- Serangan Tangan - Dealing with hand attacks using :
Langkah Elak evading technique, counter attacks, Kejatuhan dropping technique and Kuncian locks.
- Serangan Kaki - Dealing with Leg attacks using Sambut recieving techniques
- Jurus Satu Ibu kuning - Silat Form called Jurus
Boost Self esteem & Confidence
Fitness, strength and health
Learning a new culture & malay silat lingo
Respect & Discipline
participants will have Ujian Kecil Tahap Satu (minor grading of Level 1 Pukulan Melaka Silat Style)
They will recieve a yellow belt and Certificate upon successful completion of course
Requirements & Fees;
Complete the Application forms by no later than 30th november . The Course fee is R200 for the entire 40 hours. Fees include a Training T-shirt, Black training belt, and Grading yellow belt and certificate. Participants must be willing to take on a challenge. Punctuality and consistency as there will be no refunds if students do not turn up for the training.
Limited space available
contact Abang Faheem 0718698240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (Bernama) -- While women may be synonymous with being gentle, they could also show firmness by learning the martial art of silat, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said today.
The prime minister's wife said silat was beneficial in developing an active mind and body, apart from fostering inner confidence in women.
She said, although women were able to take care of themselves, there were people who took advantage of their trusting and caring nature.
"While silat can prepare one to be ready for unexpected threats in life, its beautiful moves help a woman achieve physical strength, without compromising her decency and grace," added Rosmah.
She said this when launching the Women's Silat Lincah Movement at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.
Rosmah noted that learning the silat could be more difficult for women than men as it demanded more physically.
"However, it teaches us to get up, even when we are down. It also teaches us to be patient as anything we learn needs patience and perseverance to achieve perfection," she said.
At the ceremony, Rosmah was honoured with the first Selendang Tun Fatimah Award from the Malaysian Silat Lincah Association, as a symbol of upholding today's women.
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JERTIH: A senior citizen had to use his silat skills for 20 minutes before successfully chasing off bandits armed with machetes who broke into his house in the incident in Kampung Gong Nangka, Apal,here, yesterday.
In the incident at 11 pm, Abdul Ghani Jusoh, 65, was asleep with his 68-year-old wife when he was awakened by the sound of falling objects in the kitchen. He left his bedroom to investigate.
According to him, he at first thought the sound was caused by his pet cats chasing mice when he surprised a man armed with a knife in his kitchen.
"The man was holding a knife and tried to grab me and but we struggled for 20 minutes which resulted in several injuries to my chest and right shoulder.
"Although I am old but I'm still able to use my experience in silat, a martial art I was very active in during my teenage years," he said when met at police headquarters Loka (IPD) Loka in Kampung Raja, here, yesterday.
According to him, the man ran away while he was himself rushed to Hospital Besut by Loka residents before referred to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM), Kubang Kerian. He was released home around 10 am yesterday.
Abdul Ghani, who was wounded in the chest and shoulders as a result of the struggle received 10 stitches.
"My wife is paralysed and we never thought thieves would break into our house because we do not have valuables," he said.
Meanwhile, the Loka police chief, Superintendent Kamaruddin Zakaria said police acted swiftly after being informed of the incident. They managed to detain the suspect with the help of residents and the Kampung Bukit Kenak Security Unit here at 8 am today.
"He was found in the bushes in Kampung Bukit Kenak, about two miles from the scene, along with two parang believed taken from the house broke into the victim in the house," he said.
By MOHAMMAD ISHAK
Translated from http://www.hmetro.com.my/myMetro/articles/Bersilat20minithalaupenyamun/Article
The Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) are upon us again! This year, over 400 athletes are representing Singapore in Indonesia. Last week, Youth.SG managed to speak to one of them, Muhd Danial Azlani, who is competing in the doubles and team categories for artistic silat.
First things first, what is artistic silat?
Unlike combat silat, which is a physical competition between two combatants, participants perform a set routine in artistic silat. There are three categories: in the singles category, participants have to perform a set of about 100 steps; in the doubles category, they perform a choreographed fight, which may involve highly stylised moves and acrobatics not unlike those you see in martial arts movies; the last category is the team category, where a team of three performs a routine set by the International Silat Federation. In all categories, participants are graded on a combination of skill, aggression and aesthetic value.
We spoke to Danial to find out more about him and how he feels about his SEA Games debut!
Y: Tell us more about yourself.
D: I’m Danial, 17, and I just graduated from Singapore Sports School (SSS). I started learning silat in primary two, so it has been about eight or nine years. (After I joined), I grew more interested in the sport so I kept training and got into the youth development program at the Singapore Silat Federation. When I was in primary six, I went for the trial to enter the SSS, and was selected (for admission).
Y: What are your other interests?
D: I’m also into acting - when I was primary six, I auditioned and got a role in a production by Suria. I’m not quite sure (if I have any plans) to pursue that interest though.
Y: So what made you pick up Silat?
D: I’m not quite sure. I guess, as a child, I just wanted to try something new. Being Malay, silat is part of my heritage and culture. I grew up watching action movies, and I wanted to (emulate their) actions (and) I guess silat allowed me to be like an action star. I actually pestered my mum to let me join a silat club!
Y: Then how did you get into artistic silat?
D: (During my time in) SSS, they trained us in both forms of silat (combat and artistic). I found that I was better in artistic silat. In our fifth year, we had to choose a specialisation and I naturally picked artistic silat.
(Danial’s forte is in the doubles category, where his small size and agility allows him to perform elaborate acrobatics. Just like an action star!)
Y: How do you feel going into the SEA games?
D: The SEA games is one of the major platforms for competitive silat and it is exciting! At the same time, I’m a little nervous because I want to perform my best on match day. It’s an odd feeling, but I guess I’m used to it because I’ve taken part in a number of competitions in sports school.
Y: What is next after the SEA Games?
D: I’ll be studying for a Diploma in integrated events management at Republic Polytechnic (RP), through the through-train programme by the sports school.
(The SSS offers a through-train programme to RP, which bypasses the ‘O’ levels. This allows student-athletes to focus more on their sports as their education is planned around their training and competitions. While he was at SSS, Danial only missed one competition!)
Y: What do you do in your free time then?
D: Silat usually takes up about four to five hours a day on weekdays, so I have more free time during the weekends. I like hanging out with my friends, just to relax or catch a movie. Sometimes, we try out different sports, like bowling or playing at a futsal court in East Coast.
Youth.SG also asked Danial's coach, Shiekh Harun, what he thought of Danial's and the rest of our silat team's medal chances.
Shiekh: Our Singaporean representatives are quite young, about 17, while those from other countries are much older, 27 or 28. Being quite young, our representatives are more prone to buckle under the pressure or be distracted by the crowd cheering at the competition. Danial needs to work on keeping his mind on his synchronisation with his team and the routine, blocking everything else out. In their last major competition, Danial and his teammates came very close to bringing back a medal, coming in fourth. At this SEA Games, the top three countries (from that competition) will also be participating because Silat is prominent is Southeast Asia. This time, we have tightened our training schedule and I believe (Danial and his teammates) stand a good chance of bringing back a medal. Well, that is it, we wish Danial and all our other athletes at the SEA Games all the best! Bring back some gold!
The ASBD (Azhar SeniBela Diri) martial arts school invites young aspiring warriors from Cape Town to learn Pencak Silat, the Indonesian martial arts. Youth ideally aged between 14 - 21yrs can apply now, as the course will start the program by 1st december 2011 until 10th of january 2012. This course is a lifetime opportunity which will help our youth build their self-esteem and character through various training programs to benefit them mentally, physically and spiritually. A truly holistic experience connecting Cape Town with the homeland of its forefathers of Islam. Four of Cape Towns youth will be able to grab this opportunity, while joining 5 youth from Johannesburg as well.
What does the program entail?
Silat martial arts training
workshops in leadership, marketing, indonesian language, indonesian islamic history, strategic management,
Indonesian export economic potential
visits to various places of interest
learn angklung - West javanese traditional music.
Sessions of Qiraah by Qori Mukhtar Ibnu, the Imam of the Azhar masjid in Jakarta
Students who successfully complete the program will become members of the Azhar Martial Arts organisation, and will be invited for further development programs. Successful applicants will be provided with food, accomodation and transport for the duration of the course, however applicants will bear the cost of their own return airfare.
Willingness to learn a different language, art and culture
The will to succeed and gain invaluable experience through travel
No martial arts experience required
Ability to complete the full 40 day course
Passport, Airticket and Visa
(invitation will be provided by ASBD Jakarta for application of visitors Visa)
Interested individuals can contact Faheem via the email address email@example.com, or via our contact page (training venues) on this website www.senisilatcapetown.co.za. Contact 0718698240.
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