Monday, September 29, 2008

Gayong Organization

Gayong is widely practiced in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Due to different opinions and styles of managing a very large organization, Gayong carries many different names; Gayong Malaysia, Gayong Pusaka, Gayong Warisan and Gayong PASAK. Regardless of whatever names Gayong may carry, they all agreed on one thing that the Grand Master of Gayong will always be Dato Meor Abdul Rahman .

Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia (PSSGM)

PSSGM is currently the largest gayang organization and is presently led by Cikgu Siti Kalsom, daughter of Dato' Meor Rahman.Kalsom has been active in Gayong since she was a teenager and still is today. She was very close to Dato . she started learning Gayong at the age of fourteen and was taught by Dato' himself as well as other gayong instructors. Her training with Dato' made her a unique gayong student. Because there were only a handful of female students at the time, she was frequently forced to train with men and this made her tougher.

Within the gayong community, she was known to be very skillful in keris (wavy-bladed dagger) fighting. On February 20. 1970, she performed a demonstration to welcome the Japanese Prince Akihito and his wife Michiko to Malaysia. They were amazed with her demonstration and invited her to japan for the Osaka Expo in 1970. Due to citizenship issues, she was not able to attend; instead, she sent two other gayong instructors in her place. The silat demonstration in japan received a standing ovation and surprised the Emperor of japan. The demonstration was widely publicized by the media throughout japan.

At the age of twenty-one, she was assigned to teach at one of the gayong centers in Kampong Pandan, in the city of Kuala Lumpur. One day while training, a gentleman named Mr. Omar introduced himself and challenged her. Mr. Omar was a martial artist from a different discipline. The challenge was accepted and the combat began. Kalsom admitted that Mr. Omar's kicks were powerful but she ultimately defeated him. Later. they became good friends. Kalsom was chosen to teach gayong to 100 selected Malaysian army members.

Pertubuhan Silat Seni Pusaka Gayong Malaysia (PSSPGM)

PSSPCM is currently led by Cikgu Majid Mat Isa. The organization was formed in 1978. Cikgu Majid is the chairperson and chief instructor of pusaka gayong. Majid began learning gayong in 1957 at the age of eighteen. He studied gayong under Dato Meor, his father Daeng Uda Mohd Hashim, and his brother Meor Abdul Aziz. He also learned from earlier gayong instructors such as Cikgu Ismail Mansor and Cikgu Kamari Melan from Singapore. As a gayong instructor, Majid has taught in several other Malaysian states such as Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang,

Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Perlis, Penang, and Medan, Indonesia. Majid was known to have single-handedly fought forty-five gangsters to protect the village of Pekan Bukit Jenun in the state of Kedah. His act of bravery made him known as hulubalang legenda (the legendary Malay warrior). He was given a Pingat Jasa Kebaktian Medal of Honor by the Sultan of Kedah. The headquarters of pusaka gayong is presently located in Kampong Kepala Bukit, Curun, Kedah. Under the teaching of Majid, many outstanding students have emerged as gayong instructors.

Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong Warisan Serantau (PSSGWS)

Cikgu Mat Nanyang currently leads PSSGWS. This organization was established in 1992, about a year after the death of Dato Meor Rahman. The headquarters is in Alor Star, Kedah, in Malaysia and the organization is active mostly in the northern states. The main training center is in Kampong Kepayang, Ipoh, Perak. Cikgu Badek Ruzaman is the chief instructor of Gayong Warisan.

Silat Seni Gayong PASAK Singapura (SSGPS)

Cikgu Hussein Kaslan and his son Cikgu Mohammad Rahim are leaders of SSGPS. PASAK stands for Perkumpulan Angkatan Sandiwara Anak anak Kesenian (Singapore Youth Society of Dramatic Culture). Hussein was one of the earliest gayong students of Dato Meor Rahman in Singapore. Hussein began learning gayong in 1950. After 1960, before Dato Meor migrated to the state of Kedah in Malaysia, he entrusted gayong to Hussein to continue its propagation. I Iussein is the imam khalifah of gayong Singapore, with the title of seri mahkota agung rclang pelangi given by Dato. Hussein is Dato Meor's right-hand instructor in Singapore. As the gayong leader in Singapore, he organized and formed the group PASAK in 1963, known as Gayong PASAK Singapore. Hussein is now over 80 years old. He has endorsed his son Mohammad Rahim to continue the gayong mission, culture, and tradition.

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