PSSPM - Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka South Africa
Pukulan Melaka is a Silat style originating from melaka, drawn from two main styles called Silat Lintau and Silat Kuntau. Tuan Guru haji Mokhtar Yahya, is the head or Ketua Perguruan of this school style. The headquarters are in Melaka, Ayer Molek, Malaysia. There are satellite branches in Malaysia as well as in Germany and South Africa.
Haji Mokhtar has over 30 years experience in teaching Seni Silat. His teachers are 1- Late HJ Ali who learned from late Tok Abu,
2-late Hj Ariffin who learned from kiyai selamat. 3 - Pak Kadir (Ibrahim bin Hashim) - Silat Lintau
A very effective combat system using empty handed self defense and attacking techniques as well as with weaponry. Training in this style is done using the four elements of Silat: Seni (aesthetic movement), Beladiri (self-defense), Olahraga (sport) and Isi (mental spiritual).
In south Africa, the first formal Silat institution was started by Haji Mokhtar Yahya, in 1998, when a student by the name of Tuan Moegamat Gielmie Hartley of Cape Town opened the first Gelanggang (silat training area) in Bokaap. This institution is a branch of the headquarters in Malaysia called Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka (The Association of Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka) also known as PSSPM or SPM. Abang Nabeel Jackson was the first student of this school.
After training for 3 years, haji Mokhtar graded 8 students. Some were given higher gradings. Abang Nabeel & abang Faheem Jackson were graded as Penolong Jurulatih (assistant instructors) and Tuan Hj Mogamat Gielmie Hartley was awarded the Red Sash (Bengkong Merah) for his commitment to spreading silat in Cape Town. The rest of the group were Yazeed Waggie, Zaid Cassiem, Irfaan Cassiem, Yusuf & Moegamad Dawood, Zaaid & Zain Richards. Tuan Hj M Gielmie has frequented Malaysia over the years for upskilling in the art, and Abang Faheem is the current Senior Instructor graded in Melaka under Tuan Guru Hj Mokhtar bin Yahya.
Silat was spread to other areas in Cape Town in the form of regular classes or Silat Self Defense short courses:
See Training Venues page for a gelanggang (dojo) near you.