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The Malay art of self-defense : silat seni gayong / Sheikh Shamsuddin.
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2005.
Berkeley, California :

North Atlantic Books,

Physical Description:
xvii, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


Material Type
Call Number
01-Central Book GV1114.75 SHESSMS
03-Za'ba Book GV1114.75 SHESSMS

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Silat Seni Gayong is an art of self-defense, a fighting art but one that also emphasizes the development of the self, becoming a better person, and serving humanity. Sometimes compared to a tiger ready to devour its prey, Gayong helps practitioners develop and increase physical fitness, flexibility, mental conditioning, and self-confidence. Author Sheikh Shamsuddin, who has studied Gayong for 25 years, introduces this little-known practice to Western readers in this first book on the subject in English. The most comprehensive study in any language on Gayong and its customs, The Malay Art of Self-Defense explores in depth the system, techniques, crucial elements, and philosophies involved. Also covered are the art's history, profiles of the most notable practitioners, and an informative Q&A collected from various martial art practitioners to expand readers' knowledge and appreciation. Included are photos of Gayong demonstrations, traditional training centers, customs, and events.

Author Notes

Sheikh Shamsuddin (his full Malaysian name is Sheikh Shamsuddin bin Tan Sri Dato Sheikh Muhammad Salim), also known as Sam, is a Malaysian native who first learned gayong in Malayshia in early 1973. He is ranked pelangi hitam harimau cula sakti (fifth degree black belt) in the Gayong Malaysia hierarchy and carries the title ketua khalifah (chief of caliph). Shamsuiddin started teaching gayong in Malaysia, and has taught the practice to many local high schools, colleges, and private training centers in Kuala Lumpur. He has also studied other martial arts such as the Korean martial art hapkido and the Japanese art aikido, and has worked in martial arts disciplines such as kosho ryu kempo and kuntao silat.

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