Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Devil worshipper?

In 1976 Pukul Pelaga was accused to be satan worshippers by members of one silat style. They claimed to have proof, but up to now have not furnished any.

In 2006 the claim was Pukul Pelaga worship Iblis or Lucifer. Again no proof was submitted.

The result was many young and mature people avoided Pukul Pelaga. This is one of the reasons why the membership in Negeri Sembilan, and maybe to a certain extent other states where the other style has many members, is still small.

Compared to other silat schools Pukul Pelaga has no initiation rituals, and other compulsory meditation with incantation activities. The stress is on performing one's duties to God, and respecting other people. Is that devil worshipping?

There were members who continued to practice or do things which they learnt somewhere else. This does not mean that their practices were an integral part of Pukul Pelaga.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Silencing Pukul Pelaga

Since the late 1970's there had been efforts made by certain silat groups to silence Pukul Pelaga. They have reasons for doing so, and I have identified one main reason.

They desire to hide the fact that they have changed in order to portray themselves as the greatest. Many silat systems have added new techniques taken or copied from other styles, but those responsible simply refuse to admit it.

Methods used include spreading lies or slandering, twisting sequence of events, abusing the authority given to them, and twisting words to achieve their goal.

In 1976 one master from Gayung Malaysia and living in Port Dickson told his students that Pukul Pelaga are Satan worshippers.

In 1993 I was threatened by several members of Gayung Fatani for voicing out about what I know, and giving out my opinion. Several silat exponents from several other styles had told me to shut up.

In 2006 Pukul Pelaga was accused of worshipping the Fallen Angel, resulting in me losing most of my students because they or their parents believe in the slander.

For the time being Pukul Pelaga is still alive and kicking. Whatever, I believe that the true story should be exposed, and all wrong activities should be pointed out.

Out in the open

Pukul Pelaga used to be taught not in the open. The fear was that the secrets will be stolen or given to other silat practitioners more interested in self-glorification. The main disadvantage was that without exposure, not many people knew about Pukul Pelaga.

Things started changing in the early 1970's. At that time the seconf Grandmaster, Ismail Ahmad, was also teaching Silat Sunting, of which he was instrumental in introducing changes to make it a more potent self defence system. The introduced techniques were taken from Pukul Pelaga. This intrigued several of his students. They pestered him to teach them Pukul Pelaga. Initially he was reluctant, but finally he relented.

Once out, there was nothing to stop it. My guru expanded the move by opening two training centres. As for me, I can be considered as the one where many secrets of Pukul Pelaga passed through. My intention was to show to the others the differences between Pukul Pelaga and many silat styles. Unfortunately many silat practitioners from other styles copied or stole the techniques, integrated them into their system, claimed that the techniques were their original moves, and many claimed that Pukul Pelaga copied from them.

What was feared, happened as expected. Since Pukul Pelaga is not a household name, many people believe the accusers. I believe that God will eventually expose the truth.

Sample: Front Kick

Years ago when Pukul Pelaga was still relatively unknown all silat styles knew or realised only one or two aspects of the Front Kick. It was fine because almost every silat practitioner were using the Snap Front Kick version. Then came the exposure of Pukul Pelaga.

As stated before Pukul Pelaga stresses on the basics, or more accurately on the building blocks in building a martial art system. As a result for the Front Kick alone Pukul Pelaga has identfied more than 500 aspects related to it. This means that it will take more than a few days to understand, familiarise, and becoming proficient in all the aspects.

It is true that silat exponents do not use all techniques. The more a Pelaga understands, the better he or she is in adapting to different circumstances. It helps the Pelaga to understand what works and what does not in a particular situation.

By the way Mawi and many members and ex-members of Pukul Pelaga have not reached this level of understanding.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Unbeliever changed his opinion

There was one Malay who did not believe that silat can be a potent fighting or self defense system. He made this conclusion after observing many silat practitioners not applying their silat moves when fighting in the outside world. This was true even for members of well known silat styles.

When his friends invited him to join Pukul Pelaga, he was reluctant. He had also heard that Pukul Pelaga was an inferior self defense system. Nevertheless he decided to join for his friends' sake. Even though sceptical, he was prepared to see how far Pukul Pelaga can go.

Initially he felt that Pukul Pelaga was the same as the others. His opinion on Pukul Pelaga started changing when he realised that a true Pelaga does not change his or her fighting methods when fighting in the outside world.

A few years later, in December 1999, an incident occurred, convincing him on the effectiveness of Pukul Pelaga. The day that he had to defend himself against about 40 attackers shall be related in the future.

Mawi did not complete his basic training

That is the plain truth. As such he is not in a strong position to say that Pukul Pelaga has many weaknesses.

As has been explained before this, there are many facets to Pukul Pelaga. Mawi's training session was once a week. Imagine how hard it is to complete even half of the necessary basics in Pukul Pelaga.

It is not my intention to potray him as a bad person. I feel that it is necessary to have the views of someone who have met him and his school mates, and pointed to them the finer aspects of Pukul Pelaga. Otherwise there will be people taking his words as accurate, partly because he is a well known celebrity in the country. In fact I will not be surprised if there are silat practitioners who use his words to bury Pukul Pelaga.

A Pelaga who has completed and understood the basics would not utter similar words. In fact he or she will be able to adapt to different styles without any or much difficulty. I believe he said those words after becoming an actor in a martial art production.

He is not to be completely blamed. His master was at that time busy with additional responsibilities. As a result Mawi and his training friends were left on their own, without proper guidance.

His case is not unique. There are many martial art practitioners who think they know everything. Several even go against their masters because they feel they have reached a higher status.


Pukul Pelaga Tahap 1

This is a manual on the basics of Pukul Pelaga. 'Tahap 1' can be translated as Proficiency 1.

The manual has three levels. The First Level can be completed in 8 weeks, but it also depends on the individual. The Second and Third Levels go deeper into Pukul Pelaga, and require a longer time to complete. Most Pelaga know only the training in the First Level, and bits and pieces of the others.

The main difference with other manuals is the focus on the underlying aspects of Pukul Pelaga. Anyone repeatedly reading it will gain some understanding, and will be able to form his or her own system. Add this to the understanding of 400 Corak Tempur (of Pukul Pelaga), and the person can easily brag about his.her prowess in silat. That is why the manual is not to be distributed to the public. Those who understand the contents will be able to understand most martial art systems.

What happened was several Pelaga lost their copies to unknown persons. One traitor gave it to another silat organisation. Several members of this organisation formed another silat school, with similar basic moves as Pukul Pelaga. It may be a coincidence, but there are also pointers indicating otherwise.

Several silat practitioners who were allowed to browse through the manual commented that it is complete. Well, it is not. There are more. Currently I am not prepared to expose them even to members. What the traitors did, and what were stolen, have made me wary, and a little bit paranoid.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pecahan Buah

'Pecahan Buah' can roughly be translated as 'The Sub-division.Sub-variation of Counter Attack Techniques.

Due to the differences in human size, capabilities including speed, and mental attitude, Pukul Pelaga recognises the fact that most, if not all, counter attack techniques need to have an open ending. Not many, if any, techniques are suitable for everybody. What is inside the training area is usually different from what can be found in real life.

The concept of variations in a counter attack has been part of Pukul Pelaga since its inception, more than 70 years ago. As such each counter attack has more than 7 variation to its ending.

The book that I illustrated in relation to this may be sufficient for serious martial art practitioners to understand the concept. Many silat master/guru/instructor talk about variations, but they are incapable of explaining how this can be carried out. Possibly not wanting to be seen out dated, they claim to have the same concept, but ask their students to think about it.

Pukul Pelaga gives guidance on how to go about it. That was one of the reasons why I was able to do the illustrations. Imagine illustrations on how one basic counter attack move can be divided into more than 50 variations. Imagine the same principle being applied to all other basic moves. This is the reality of Pukul Pelaga.

30 Buah Gelek

'30 Buah Gelek' can be translated as 30 Twist Counter Attacks.

I am not sure about the translation of 'gelek' into 'twist'. Basically 'gelek' is an action where a person turns or twists the body from side to side.

There was an agreement with a publisher to have this book publshed. The owner of the company is a well known person, and many silat practitioners try to get close to him. One of them claimed that I stole the techniques from his school or style. As a result the book was not published, and the manuscript 'disappeared' from the company's office. I knew about it after nearly two years of silence from the day the manuscript was personally sent to the office.

There are two main things to be considered:

1) I have never joined any martial art system except for one training session with Silat Harimau in 1972.

2) Gelek techniques were rare in silat until Pukul Pelaga came out into the open. The reason being was the fighting philosophy of most silat styles, including the use of a low stance. Most silat styles favour the low stance. A silat exponent using a low stance simply cannot execute gelek properly, the way it is taught in Pukul Pelaga.

When silat practitioners saw Pelaga training in the basics of gelek, they laughed at us, claiming that the technique was inferior. That was in 1976. Things started changing when many were hit through a gelek move.

Verily, the truth will eventually prevails.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

168 Kick Techniques

Due to the nature of all silat schools except for Pukul Pelaga, there were not many leg and foot techniques in silat. For wxample the low and wide stance adopted by them simply means it was impractical for them to execute many kick techniques. Furthermore they all rely on supernatural powers, making the use of physical techniques redundant.

Pukul Pelaga stresses on the use of physical and mental strength. Even though beginners are not encouraged to use kick techniques, there is no limitation set on their use and development. As a result there are more than 168 techniques including variants and combinations. There are low and high kicks, sweeps and leaps.

Examples are Tendangan Ayam (Chicken Kick, 1976), Tendangan Spring (Spring Kick, 1983), and Tendangan Pari (Stingray Kick, 1992).

Tendangan Ayam has been widely copied. One organisation used the same name when thy first started usng it in 1992. Later on they changed it to Tendangan Tanpa Bayang (Shadowless/ Invisible Kick). This silat system is based on the tiger and the eagle. Yet three months after Tendangan Pari was introduced to Pelaga of Sekolah Menengah Senawang they began using the same technique wth the same name. Funny how a tiger and an eagle can produce a stingray. There was a 'spy'.

400 Corak Tempur

The rough translation is '400 Fighting Styles/Pattern'.

One of the reasons why a Pelaga is not easy to be defeated in a real situation, or in a fair tournament, is his or her ability to change the fight pattern. This makes it difficult for the opponent to guess the next move. Of course this depends on the level of training and understanding reached.

Pukul Pelaga is a system where every member has to learn the same basics whether in practice or in theory. After that they are exposed to self-development, where each individual is encouraged to develop his/her own fighting method. We are not the same in terms of physical size and mental setup. Naturally there will be moves which mimic certain animals, and moves which resemble certain human characteristics.

This book is about the possible fighting styles which can be derived from Pukul Pelaga. Because of that each style is given its main characteristics, strength, and weaknesses. Note that most martial practitioners never talk about the weaknesses of their respective styles.

I stopped at 400 because there were other things which needed to be done. Furthermore discussing about them is enough to give an idea on what Pukul Pelaga actually is.

The knowledge on the fighting styles was hinted to me by my guru. and later on confirmed by the second Grandmaster, Ismail Ahmad.

On the accusation that I copied from other books, I put these questions forward.
1) How many books are there in the market? There are many, but the majority talk about the same thing.
2) Do I have the money to purchase all of them?
3) Do I have the time to study more than 400 fighting styles, and giving an analysis on the strengths and weaknesses?

Stolen Books

There are 5 main books written by me, specifically for Pukul Pelaga members, which I consider to have been stolen by other silat practitioners. The books were written in Malay, and the title are as follows.

1) 400 Corak Tempur
2) 168 Teknik Tendangan
3) 30 Buah Gelek
4) Pecahan Buah
5) Pukul Pelaga Tahap 1

They are considered stolen because they fell into the hands of certain silat practitioners through devious means. Many ideas and moves have been copied into their school. The sad thing is some of them even dared to make the claim that Pukul Pelaga copied from them.

Why do I say they copied them? The new techniques are similar to the ones that have been in use in Pukul Pelaga, with many being exposed starting from 1976. Most of the other styles were based on a low and wide stance. The techniques copied could only be done properly using a high and narrow stance.

Some of the techniques are simply in contradiction to their original concept. Unfortunately they justified it by saying whatever is in silat is in their system. They might as well say that they own every martial art system in the world.

The loss started earlu 1990's, after I showed my students what I had written. The greatest loss was during the Visit Negeri Sembilan Year. All silat organisations under PESAKA Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus were given a booth and a demonstation slot. Other organisations show cased their weapons. Pukul Pelaga displayed the books, most of them still in manuscript form. Someone took the books part by part, and had them photocopied. When challenged he said I gave him permission to do so. I never did.