Alhamdulillah, All praises due to Allah who has made us see the fruits of our efforts. Last night saw the completion of the introductory silat training held at the Aljaamiah mosque in claremont. About 30 people (males and females) joined in the fun and got to learn the basic movements of seni silat e.g; punches, blocks, kicks, footwork, breathing and also silat exercise workouts including parts of Senaman Tua, the ancient malay exercise forms. The training was held from 17th October on molndays and wednesday evenings for 2 hours, and tuesday evenings for females.
Some of the participants previously had martial arts training such as Kungfu, Karate etc, and now had the opportunity to experience what silat is. But this is only the beginning, and those who wish to take up silat now will have to register for the classes. So far we have recieved very good feedback and a lady who had a foot operation recently had beared testimony to the healing ability of the Senaman Tua movements. The interest has definitely grown in Silat as we continuously recieve calls, SMS's, and emails enquiring about silat.
Our community is growing more health conscious now as our Community Radio stations continuously have health awareness campaigns. Yesterday, the Voice of the Cape Radio station held an open air Breast Cancer awareness day called pink Hijaab day where women had to come dressed in pink and the men could have their hair sprayed to donate towards the CANSA association. We were asked to give a short silat demonstration showing the benefits of silat and Senaman Tua. Some VOC staff members participated in the demo testifying to its benefits. “The Silat demonstration was strenuous even though it is a slow paced exercise,” said VOC presenter Mugammad Zain Majiet. “I could actually feel it working and it is based on breathing techniques which is very helpful when exercising.”
Silat training has proven to be attractive to all young and old, as we have students as young as 9 years, and over 60 years. Come and join us to feel your body come alive.
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