Pictured above, is our small team of 15 youth who participated in our short course in Seni Silat, the Malay Martial art. The course ran over four days, between 12-19 DEC 2012, on mondays and wednesdays. Due to short notice, only residents of the Athlone / Crawford area attended, Alhamdulillah.
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"
venue : 99 southern cross drive
date: 23rd february 2013
time: 9:00 AM - 15:00
The subject of the CAPE MALAYS has long been one which many debates has come about. The Cape Malays today have a distinct culture, and some elements of this culture takes its form in spiritual practices, educational and festive practices.
The Muslim Judicial Council recently issued a fatwa (religious decree) banning muslims of participation in the Coon Carnival. Please see the attachment above.
The Kaapse Klopse, known as the Cape Coons and the Malay Choirs are usually active during New Years celebrations. Singing and dancing accompanied by musical instruments and afrikaans / dutch lyrics makes up a cape malay choir performance, while performers are dressed in english two piece suits and a Red Koefiyah (muslim hat). The coons however, march through the streets wearing multi-coloured uniforms and hats. Their music is somewhat different to the Malay Choir, where brass bands are used, as well as a brigade style percussion.
The Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka, has been in existence since 1997 promoting one of the main elements of true malay culture. The malays of Nusanatara, has been keeping Silat alive in their everyday lives. Silat performances can even be seen in wedding ceremonies, which is usually accompanied by silat music, in honour of the bride and groom which is seen to be the King and Queen of the day. see more in the video below.
The Seminar "The Cape Malay Question" will be hosted by Mr M G Hartley (independent Cape Malay researcher) on the 26th January (saturday) 2013. It aims to encourage discussion around the Malay community of Cape Town, known as the 'Cape Malays'.
Those who wish to participate should submit their papers on the topic "The Cape Malay Question" in PDF format by email to email@example.com or hand deliver to 2B Block rd, Kenwyn 7800.
For More info please call Mr Hartley on 0733497663.
December school holidays is here once again, and many people may be lost when it comes to finding suitable activities for themselves or their kids. Last year, the Pukulan Melaka Silat school hosted a martial arts program for 40 hours, running over 20 days of the holidays.
The feedback recieved from parents and participants was great, so this year we have put together another program. The 4 day course will run from the Monday, 10th December 2012, Insha Allah. It takes place on monday and wednesday afternoons at the Taronga rd Masjid, between 2-4pm.
During the mid year holidays this year, we ran a self defense program for youth at the same mosque. This program was aimed at providing the kids with the necessary tools and tactics to survive on the street and defend themselves effectively against empty hand attacks, leg attacks and also basic defense against weapons. A similar program was done for the adults at the Retreat Masjid Munowwar which was also well attended, Alhamdulillah.
Just recently returned from Malaysia, the course at Taronga rd will be conducted by Silat Pukulan Melaka instructor Abang Faheem. Registration will take place at the Masjid immediately after thuhr on monday 10th December. The course cost will be R100 per participant. The course content will be slightly different this year, as we intend to expose our youth to this wonderful martial art of Seni Silat.
Anyone can attend, male or female, starting from ages 7 and above. Dont hesitate to forward your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 0718698240.
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