Overview of Gayong Form

   Silat is a Malay word meaning martial arts. Malay silat is a generic term for many Malaysian martial arts. There are at least 150 known Malay silats in Malaysia. Most popular ones are Silat Gayong (pronounced Guy Yoog), Silat Cekak, Silat Sendeng, Silat Keris Lok 9 and Silat Gayong Fatani.

   Silat Seni Gayong, is a Malay art of self-defense; a fighting art, the art of stopping wars. The art is not only about self-defense, it is also for the development of the self (belajar mengenal diri); becoming a better person so that you may serve humanity. It is a great way to develop and increase physical fitness, flexibility, mental conditioning, discipline and self-confidence.

   The philosophy of Gayong is strongly related to the Malay Adat Istiadat (Malay cultures and traditions), morals and adab (respect). Gayong art has been passed down from generation to generation; from the Hulubalang Gayong to Tengku Panglima Hitam (Daeing Kuning), to Syed Zainal Idris Al-Atas, to Daeing Uda Mat Hashim, to Meor Abdul Aziz and Dato Meor Abdul Rahman (see picture on text book).

   Gayong is mostly the hard form of silat. Silat itself consists of two forms -- hard and soft. The soft form is referred to as Bunga (flower) and the hard form as Buah (fruit) or tangkapan (grappling). From the flower we have fruit. Gayong seldom practices the flower form, but it does exist. The flower form acts as a means of camouflage for the hard style. The purpose of bunga is to confuse and bore the opponent. When the opponent is confused, the graceful motions suddenly change into explosive and lightning fast strikes to vital targets. Gayong style uses striking, grappling and bone breaking techniques. In addition to Buah Kunci Mati (body lock), there is a set of movements referred to as Kombat or Pukulan (combat), i.e., a combination of blows, claws, tears and pokes to the vital points. Gayong also teaches the "ground fighting form". Falling to the ground does not mean the fight is over. Falling to the ground enables you to use Gerakan Harimau (tiger movements). Another concept is to work on the opponents' center axis by pushing, twisting and using off balancing maneuvers.

   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 (PSSGM), Gayong Pusaka (PSSPGM), Gayong Warisan, Gayong Serantau and Gayong PASAK (Singapura). Regardless of whatever names Gayong Organizations may carry, they all agree on one thing... that the Grand Master of Gayong will always be Dato Meor Abdul Rahman.

We are one Silat; Silat Seni Gayong…