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.
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 attended different martial arts disciplines such as kosho ryu kempo and kuntao silat.
"Guru Sheikh Shamsuddin helps the art of silat flourish. His pace precisely exhibits the legendary slogan ‘No Malay shall perish from this earth.’ Congratulations to Guru Shamsuiddin – he is definitely not an amateur, he is Tok Guru."
-Azlan Ghanie, director and owner of Seni Beladiri magazine, Malaysia, and founder/chief instructor of silat melayu keris lok-9
"I consider Shamsuddin one of the great pioneers of pentjak silat gayong in the United States. He has increased the popularity of the silat gayong practice and always upholds the grace, traditions, and honor of the art."
-Bapak Willem de Thouars, chief instructor of kuntao silat, Denver, Colorado...