Yusuf Fisher, (aka boeta Yusuf) is once of Cape Town Community radio stations favourite presenters and one of the first presenters at the Voice of the Cape Radio. Known for his warm, friendly manner of speaking, Boeta yusuf is associated with his popular weekend program "The Golden Oldies" where he entertains the aged with nostalgic tunes and topics.
This time, boeta Yusuf found himself speaking to a panel of sports people. Nabeel & Faheem (aka the Jackson bro's) were in studio last Night between 10PM - 11PM speaking about one of their passions, Seni Silat - malay martial arts. A special guest by the name of Ammaar Delarey, was interviewed telephonically and brought his experiences in silat into the homes of thousands of Capetonians, and others across the world.
Ammaar, a 16 year old junior Silat instructor residing in Bosmont, johannesburg explained how he became a martial arts instructor in the AZHAR Seni Beladiri Silat school at such a young age. Assuming the leadership role of Instructor testifies to the confindence and trust in him by his teacher Ka' Jojo, who trained Ammaar for a full 10 months. Ammaar was thrown into the deep end when asked to continue teaching what he has learnt, when Ka' Jojo had to return to indonesia at the end of 2010. Until this day, Ka Jojo is unable to return to South Africa due to inconsistancies with VISA issues on the part of the South African embassy in Jakarta.
"Teaching silat in itself is a learning process, and it is an honour and privelage for me to teach the art", explained Ammaar. As one of the first students of Ka' Jojo Prihardjono, an east javanese Silat coach. Ammaar has proven himself worthy to be chosen to represent South Africa for the first time at the International Silat World Championship in 2010 held in Jakarta. He competed in the 'tanding' category, which is the silat sport / sparring aspect. He stresses that his participation was merely to gain experience amongst world reknown competitors in the sport. "So you went there to merely get a beating", jokes boeta Yusuf Fisher.
No Pain, no gain! is the spirit that Ammaar will take with him when he travels to Indonesia for his second time. In December this year, he will be given intensive training in Silat teaching methodology, Massage, Jury training and of course martial arts for 1 month before returning to South Africa. A heavy Amaanah (duty) lies on his shoulders as he is now responsible for further developing 20-30 of his students in the art of Silat.
Back home, the PSSPM (Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka) silat school continues to promote the silat heritage. "Why should anyone learn Silat" asks Boeta Yusuf. Apart from the apparent health & fitness benefits, our silat is an art close to home for muslims, as we learn how to connect our hearts and bodies when doing Silat. All our sessions begin with invocations to Allah requesting His blessing and drawing strength from Him " says Faheem. Nabeel has started Silat training for the young and old at the Maitland community hall on the corner of patton and coronation roads. "Training starts at 9AM and ends 11:30AM, every saturday morning", says Nabeel.
***The Azhar silat school in Johannesburg was founded in South Africa by Indonesian Businessman Sariat Arifia, who ran an import-export business in Johannesburg. Ka Jojo, was then brought to south africa in 2009 to train interested youth in the art, and since then, the school grew from a few to a few hundred. More can be read about Azhar Seni beladiri ... www.nvpermai.com
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