Silat gayong

Silat gayong
The roots of gayong name are found in the Malay word silat, normally associated with a series of movements of which two opponents demonstrate how to fence and defend themselves without the use of weapons in an extremely graceful manner.

It was introduced to the Malacca court in the 15th century. There the are flourished as a form of entertainment for privileged classes and eventually gained among the rural classes where it remained in practice until the days prior to the Japanese occupation in World War II.

Most of the instructors of silat gayong lived in rural and agrarian cultures in those early days when a course in rudimentary silat usually lasted three months. Village youths were assigned to local instructors for period ranging from six months to a year and the art suffer because of the various styles that gave silat gayung a varied non-uniform format.

The first experiments with a uniform syllabus began on Sodong Island, off Singapore, in 1942, during the height of the Japanese Occupation. It was conducted by Mahaguru Dato’ Meor Abdul Rahman bin Uda Mohamed Hashim.

Silat gayong deals mainly with locks, holds and throws. It s a very physical art and can be quite painful to practice.

A student’s progress is rated by the award of a bengkong (belt) of varying colors. After six months of basic training, the beginner can aspire to wear his first belt (white) and later graduate to green, red, yellow and finally black.
Silat gayong

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