A similar program was run at the Taronga road Khidmatul Islam Masjid during the June Holidays, where the focus was on self-defense tactics, which ran over a period of 8 days. Kids were taught a series of techniques which will help them defend themselves and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This time, the focus of the Silat course was on the artistic expressive element of silat called seni. A series of silat stances were taught, which is called Jurus. In the end, participants were taught how to apply silat concepts in sparring, introducing them to the sport aspect of silat called Olah Raga.
"Are you coming again next holidays?" asked one of the youngsters eagerly.
We hope to be doing many more short courses in Silat at various venues, introducing people to this rich martial art. We do hope that many more people will join silat and learn how to defend themselves, and build their confidence, strength, and remove the fear of confrontation.
Heres what some of the participants had to say:
" I found silat to be very interesting and practical. It was also quite easy." A Akhalwaya
"Very interesting to learn something new. The way you step is similar to Ashihara Karate." M Thaakier Jattiem
"It was so much Fun. I really enjoyed it!!" :) From Nafeesah
"I found Silat very fun, and I hope they do it again." - F.P
"It was very fun. Thank you." - N.S
"Silat was very fun for a few days, its different to other fighting skills." Imraan
" Silat was quite interesting as Id never done it before. It was quite easy though" - Yusrah
"I enjoyed silat. Silat was quite difficult but then I got the hang of it. I will keep practicing it. Thank you." - Imaan
"Silat was fun" - Laila
"It was fun and I learnt alot. I hope you will start a full time class here"