SINGAPORE - A butcher used his silat skills to disarm a man who was slashing another man with a chopper Thursday morning.
Mr Mohd Rahid, 33, who has been practising the Malay martial art for about 10 years, and his brother, Mr Hussain Khan, 51, were at their stall in an Ang Mo Kio market when they heard a commotion about 20m away.
When they went to check it out, they were shocked to see two men wrestling on the floor of the market and food centre at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4.
One man was armed with a chopper. The other was bleeding profusely from a large slash wound on his right arm and several wounds on his back.
Recounting the incident, which happened at about 10.45am, to The New Paper, Mr Rahid said: "Everyone else was just looking and no one went to help. I knew I had to do something."
The brothers went towards the two men.
"I wasn't scared and didn't think twice. All I thought about was taking away the chopper, which was dangerously close to the other man's neck," said Mr Rahid.
"It wasn't easy, though. The (attacker's) grip was very strong and I had a hard time prising the knife away."
But he eventually succeeded and managed to separate the men with Mr Hussain's help.
The police said they received a call at about 10.55am requesting for assistance.
When they arrived, they found an injured man.
They arrested a suspect in his 40s for voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon. They also took away a chopper from the scene.
Stallholders at the food centre said the suspect owned a drinks stall there, but they did not know the victim.
A passer-by bandaged the victim's arm and took him to a clinic about 200m away for treatment, reported Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News.
The man, who is in his 50s, was later taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, a Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said.
When TNP arrived at the scene, the police had cordoned off the area. A large patch of semi-dried blood could be seen on the floor.
A friend of the suspect said: "He said he was going to the toilet. The next thing we knew, this had happened."
The suspect's wife said she was feeling dizzy and declined to speak to reporters.
The motive for the attack remains unclear but Shin Min understands that it could have been over a money dispute.
Police investigations are ongoing.
Mr Rahid, who was praised by other stall owners, played down his heroic act.
"All I know is that if I didn't go to help, there would be a 99 per cent chance the victim may have died.
"I'm not a hero. I'm just a butcher who wanted to save someone's life," he said.
People were looking at the fight in horror until two men he recognised from another stall in the market, appeared.
They were Mr Mohd Rahid and his brother, Mr Hussain Khan, who stopped the fight and separated the two men.
Mr Neo, who has been running his aquarium stall for about 30 years, said: "It all happened very fast. This is the first time I've seen something like this."
Article Taken from http://news.asiaone.com
Usamah Samuels, a 14 yr old grade 7 learner at the Hyde Park College has been awarded for bravery at his school awards ceremonyand graduation dinner on Tuesday, 26th November 2013. Usamah is described by his parents and teachers as a gentleman, with good manners and character.
On his way to school on thursday morning, 21st November 2013, Usamah and his younger brother Mishal were confronted by an african man. The man asked them to hand over their schoolbags, to which Usamah said no. This caused the man to become aggressive, and once more insisted that they hand over the bags, or else.
The man then takes out his knife and threatens to hurt the young boys. Usamah then instructs Mishal to run to school, while he sorts the matter out. Without hesitation, Usamah grabs the mans arm and applies an arm lock which he just learnt the week before at his silat lesson.
The attacker was quickly subdued, which allowed Usamah to grab hold of the weapon and disarm the guy. According to the 14 year old pesilat (silat practitioner), he thinks he broke the attackers arm due to the aggressive arm lock, as he heard the joint pop. The attacker quickly fled the scene which gave Usamah the freedom to attend school. The knife was handed to the principals office, and Usamah quickly gained popularity amongst the schoolkids. He is also a grade 7 learner and school prefect.
His parents remarked that had he not been trained in Silat, he possibly would have given in to the attacker, and suffer an asthma attack. They believe that silat has boosted his confidence and given him the necessary life skills of self defense. During silat training, the students are always reminded never to believe that they are powerful, but only possess the power which the Almighty Allah has given them. And if you get hurt, it is only through the will of Allah and serves as a test. Allah is All Powerful over all things, and He will never test us with something which we cannot handle.
Usamah and Mishal trains at the gelanggang (training facility) in Skaapkraal as well as the Rondevlei Islamic society in Mitchels Plain. Classes are open to youth from 7yrs and up. check out the training venues page
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
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