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.
Coach Shahiri (affectionately known as 'coach' in Cape Town), is well known in the Malaysian Silat community as 'Sepet'. He has won many silat tournaments in Malaysia and abroad, and is known for his speed and accuracy. Here is a brief synopsis of his achievements:
1) GOLD MEDAL IN INTERNATIONAL SILAT OPEN BELGIUM 2014
2) GOLD MEDAL IN SILAT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP INTERNATIONAL IN UPSI 2014
3) GOLD MEDAL IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TERENGGANU, MALAYSIA 2013
4) GOLD MEDAL IN FESTIVAL COMBAT ( FESKOM) INVITED BY INTERNATIONAL IN PULAU PINANG 2012
5) GOLD MEDAL IN INVITED CHAMPIONSHIP INTERNATIONAL AT UKM 2010 AND 2012
6) GOLD MEDAL IN UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP MALAYSIA (MASUM) 2004,2006,2007,2008,2009.
7) GOLD MEDAL IN OPEN UNIVERSITY KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA (UKM ) 2010,2012,2013
8) SILVER MEDAL IN ASIAN PACIFIC IN MALAYSIAN 2011
9) SILVER MEDAL IN SUKMA AT SABAH, MALAYSIA 2002
10) SILVER MEDAL IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2002
11) SILVER MEDAL IN UNIVERSITY ASEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2002, 2006,2008
EXPERIENCE IN COACHING :
1) COACHING AT MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITY OF DEFENCE 2010 UNTIL PRESENT
2) COACHING JUNIOR MALAYSIAN TEAM FOR ASEAN SCHOOL GAMES IN VIETNAM 2013
3) COACHING STATE TEAM ( KUALA LUMPUR ) FOR THE SUKMA GAMES ATHLETES - 2013-2014
4) COACHING THE DAERAH BATANG PADANG,PERAK 2009
"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!