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Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia - Silat Melayu

In The Name Of God, Most Gracious Most Merciful.


What is Silat Seni Gayong?

Silat Seni Gayong is an art of self-defense; a fighting art, the art of war. Gayong is not merely about self-defense, it is also for the development of the self (belajar mengenal diri); becoming a better person so that you may serve humanity. It is a great way to develop and increase physical fitness, flexibility, mental conditioning, discipline and self-confidence. The philosophy of Gayong is strongly related to the Malay Adat Istiadat (Malay cultures and traditions), morals, adab (respect) and the teaching of religion. Religion is the inspiration, motivation and guidance for high quality behavior. It is a mark of peace and harmony.

Gayong is widely practiced in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Now Gayong is slowly spreading into the Western world.

The Mahaguru, the grand master of Silat Seni Gayong was Dato Meor Abdul Rahman. He passed away on June 23rd 1991. His daughter Cikgu (teacher) or Guru Siti Kalsum Dato Meor Rahman is the current successor of Silat Seni Gayong. In Malaysia, Gayong is currently operated under an organization called P.S.S.G.M which stands for "Persatuan Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia." This organization is led by Cikgu Razali Salleh.

In United States, Gayong is operated under an organization called S.S.G.A (Silat Seni Gayong America.) This organization is a joint effort between Cikgu Sheikh Shamsuddin and Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif. The purpose of SSGA is to propagate and share the knowledge of Gayong throughout the American continent. SSGA and PSSGM are one body.

Silat Seni Gayong in Illinois, U.S.A.

Currently Gayong practice exists at Elite Sports Complex, in Downers Grove, IL. Adults class age includes 14 and above and the kids class is for ages 7 to 13 years. The class is conducted by Cikgu Sheikh Shamsuddin. Elite Sports Complex can be contacted at,

Elite Sports Complex
6360 S. Belmont Road
Downers Grove, IL. 60516
(Summer schedule. Mon. 6pm -8pm)
(Winter schedule. Tues. 6pm - 8pm)
Tel: 630-968-2699
Contact Person: John Muno

Silat Seni Gayong in New York and Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Currently Silat Seni Gayong is also being taught in New York and Philadelphia by Cikgu Sulaiman Shariff. He has conducted several Gayong seminars. He trains at:

22-22 College Point Blvd,
Queens, NY 11356.
(Every Saturdays. 2pm - 4pm. 3300sq ft. indoor)

6041 Drexel Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(Wed. & Fri. 3pm - 5pm. Outdoors, fenced, just like home!)

Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif can be contacted at the following address (
For enquiries & registration call or fax to 215-473-8221.

Silat Seni Gayong Form

Silat Seni Gayong is mostly the hard form of silat. Silat itself consists of two forms, hard and soft. The soft form is referred to as Bunga (flower) and the hard form as Buah (fruit). From the flower we have fruit. Gayong seldom practices the flower form but it does exist. The flower form acts as a means of camouflage for the hard style. The purpose of bunga is to confuse and bore the opponent. When the opponent is confused, the graceful motions suddently change into explosive and lightning fast strikes to vital targets. Gayong style uses striking, grappling and bone breaking techniques. In addition to Buah Kunci Mati (dead lock), there is a set of movements referred to as Kombat or Pukulan (combat), i.e. a combination of blows, claws, tears and pokes to the vital points. Gayong also teaches the "ground fighting form". Falling to the ground does not mean the fight is over. Falling to the ground enables you to use Gerakan Harimau (tiger movements). Another concept is to work on the opponents' center axis by pushing, twisting and off balancing maneuvers.

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Last Updated: Aug 7, 1997
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