Friday, July 2, 2010

The Compass Points

Using the compass points as a point of reference was totally alien to silat except to Pukul Pelaga. This does not stop many silat practitioners from various styles to claim that the Compass Points are an integral part of their respective system, because they have taken the concept as theirs. I have always said that there is nothing wrong in taking or copying from other people, but denying doing so is not the way of a warrior. It is even worse when they claim to be protecting the religion.

Mata Angin is a concept of direction. In 1976 several Cimande practitioners, including the instructor, lost to Pukul Pelaga because they had never met this concept. Before that they were quite proud, saying that they could beat Pukul Pelaga at any time of the day. They even said there were invicible defence positions. In a sparring match infront of the grandmaster who came all the way to Seremban from Banting, the instructor used one such defence position. Using Mata Angin I nullified his most likely move, and touched his sternum at the same time. It was after that night there were greater efforts by Cimande practitioners to prise away Pukul Pelaga's secrets.

Nowadays many silat practitioners use the same basic concept. Nevertheless from what I have seen so far they seem not to understand the full concept.


Anonymous said...

Just a question... Is this Pukul Pelaga related to Buah Pukul Mersing families?

Traveller said...

One Pukul Pelaga student is now an instructor for Buah Pukul Mersing.

Anonymous said...

salam..pukul pelaga xde buka gelanggang kat nilai? kalau ada inshaAllah nak join

Pak Ma'on said...

salam kepada tuan punya blog...bolehkah saya tahu siapa anda...harap dapat reply di page saya..

Anonymous said...


Sistem Merit didalam Pelaga tidak sama dengan sistem Merit Seni bela diri yang lain. Sebagai Contoh, TKD mempunyai warna tali pinggang untuk membezakan senioriti. Pelaga adalah "Close Combat" dan hanya latihan membezakan pengetahuan dan kecekapan seseorang Pelaga. Kerana itulah begitu ramai bekas Pelaga ke gelanggang lain atau membuka ranting sendiri.

Merit systems in Pelaga are different with other martial arts. For Example, TKD have waist rope color to tell seniority. Pelaga was "Close Combat" and only training distinguish knowledge and Pelaga a person's efficiency.. Because of that so many Pelaga container to next court or open own twig.

"Pelaga" Dagang,
...One Pelaga Always Pelaga...