Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Seni Silat Telapak Nusantara (Gelanggang Ketiga)

Dalam gelanggang ketiga kemahiran bergerak bebas dalam medan diajar disamping menggunakan segala teknik dalam pelbagai keadaan. Konsep lebih terbuka didedahkan dan segala kaedah tidak lagi digunakan secara bulat-bulat atau 100%.

Konsep 'jangan guna kaedah, ikut kaedah' dipupuk supaya dapat membentuk akal yang panjang. Setiap gerak walau sekecil mana akan dimanfaatkan awal, tengah, hujung dan diantaranya. Bunga mesti sentiasa dilatih bagi menajamkan kemahiran seterusnya meningkatkan kewaspadaan.

Pemusatan pancaindera yang lima belaku dalam proses ini. Latihan kawalan deria yang lebih sensitif dibentuk dengan pelbagai latihan yang mencakupi fizikal dan mental. Kupasan langkah sumbang mula diajar bagi persediaan yang lebih lengkap dalam menghadapi pelbagai situasi pertarungan. Keyakinan diri untuk diserang dan menyerang kini dibentuk lebih mantap.

Gelanggang tiga menjadi jambatan kepada satu kaedah persilatan yang lebih luas. Bolehlah dikatakan hampir kesemua kaedah Silat Bongsu terkupas dengan lengkap dan teratur kini. Gerak dalam langkah dan langkah dalam gerak wujud disini dan dapat menghasilkan pelbagai rangkaian teknik yang berkesan. Lanjutan disini dikaitkan secara terus dengan gelanggang pertama.

Kaitan ini penting bagi mendidik sikap tidak lupa diri dan mengemaskan pakaian pertempuran. Permainan bunga diolah dengan lebih cantik, teliti dan diulit dengan sikap tenang dalam ampuh. Penekanan dalam menjaga tertib zahir dan batin sudah mula ditekankan dengan lebih tegas dan mendalam.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Missing Piece

By:
Cikgu Mohd Nadzrin Wahab (SMC Innovations)



It is nearly impossible to find a people on this planet who have not been exposed to war, either directly or indirectly. In the Western world, the two world wars, Viet Nam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq have left tremendous impact on the lives and culture of everyone there.

Similarly, Malaysia has had its taste of smaller-scale, lower technology battles since time unrecorded and our psyche is imprinted with the clan wars of Nusantara, the coming of the Portuguese, Dutch, English and, for a short time, the Japanese. Such a contrast, it is; Malaysia has never collectively undergone the horror of a truly modern war.

We've never had images of napalm, gas, missiles, tanks, M-16 (nor Steyr) gunfire burned into the backs of our brains, nor in our pop culture. Malaysian war movies are generally baulked at, because there's so few material to redescribe.

For those of you wondering why I'm scribing about war in a silat blog, that's exactly the reason why I'm doing it. Silat has been divorced from its root: war.

For many, many years, we've read visiting foreigners comment on the ineffectiveness of our silat styles, and how they have degraded into shallow versions of their former selves. And for those many years too, we've defended it with statements such as: "You don't understand our culture" or "We have deadly techniques that we can't practice".

Seeing the deadliness of silat with my own eyes, I am among those who defend its effectiveness.

Unfortunately, I'm also forced to admit that there are styles that are freeze framed onto the spot and have discarded the age-old philosophy of silat that I was brought up with: mengaji (studying), mengamal (applying), mengkaji (delving), mengajar (teaching), menyebar (disseminating), mewaris (inheriting), menyambung (extending) and mengaji (studying again).

Fortunately, for most styles, the effectiveness of silat doesn't disappear because methods and techniques are replaced by others. It happens when teachers and students lose the context of the teachings themselves.

I have been told by so many teachers that the younger generation don't understand the real applications of what is taught to them. They marvel at the counters and recounters of a fight exchange. They practice for long, drawn out demonstrations and they adjust the syllabi to ensure they can continue learning unending techniques they will never apply. Being part of the generation who didn't understand, I of course didn't get what these masters were saying.

Once upon a time, studying silat meant studying to masterhood. It never meant studying to instructorhood, or practitionerhood. It meant, that within 100 days of going the distance 8 gruelling hours a day, you would have discovered how to control every movement, spiritual, mental or physical. Your mastery of the system taught by the master was complete. Your next task? Go and find another master and master HIS system.

But how was all this possible? Today, hundreds of thousands of students in Malaysia are run through their syllabi, learning, memorising, performing, testing and memorising again. Eight hundred hours would never be enough for any of them, and for many, it isn't.

That's because silat was not taught by rote memory. It was taught through guided discovery. It was taught using simple, but not simplistic formulas called by various names: Petua, Sifir, Rahsia etc that provided the student an algorithm to process the mass of information that besieged him.

However, at a deeper level, behind everything that was intellectual, there was the instinctual. There was the most basic of basic necessities that has given birth to everything man has ever created. The one instinct that Allah has put into man to allow him to not just live, but prosper, and that is: survival.

True. So many silat styles today teach techniques that are deadly, but a deadly technique creates not a deadly fighter. Only the will to succeed, the drive to persevere, the instinct to survive is what provides context for the methods and buah we learn.

It is in the heat of survival that most effective martial arts are born. Unfortunately, survival is only the first phase of development, followed soon after by comfort and finally by prosperity. It is when these silat styles reach prosperity that they find it most difficult to maintain the quality of students.

When all they can think of is the quantity of participation and fees, of glamour and press releases, of power and politics, that is when the mighty shall fall. We have seen so many walk that path. We can only wonder who will be next.

Sourced from:
http://silat-melayu.blogspot.com/2011/03/missing-piece.html

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ilham

Ilham itu kadang-kadang terus daripada Allah Ta’ala dan kadang-kadang melalui para Malaikat yang dapat difahami daripadanya perintah, tegahan, memberi semangat dan memberi amaran bagi perkara yang bersesuaian dengan syariat.

مَا أَصَابَكَ مِنْ حَسَنَةٍ فَمِنَ اللَّهِ وَمَا أَصَابَكَ مِنْ سَيِّئَةٍ فَمِنْ نَفْسِكَ
“Apa jua kebaikan (nikmat kesenangan) yang engkau dapati maka ia adalah dari Allah; dan apa jua bencana yang menimpamu maka ia adalah dari (kesalahan) dirimu sendiri.” (An-Nisa’: 79)

Imam Syarif Ar-Jurjani Rahimahullah: Kitab At-Ta’arifat - Pengertian ilham ialah apa yang dicampak di dalam hati dengan cara limpahan. Pendapat yang lain pula berkata satu ilmu yang tercetus di dalam hati dan menyeru supaya beramal dengan tanpa menggunakan ayat sebagai dalil dengan tanpa melihat kepada hujah.

Ilham daripada Allah Ta’ala sepertimana tersebut di dalam surah Maryam Ayat 25-26:
وَهُزِّي إِلَيْكِ بِجِذْعِ النَّخْلَةِ تُسَاقِطْ عَلَيْكِ رُطَبًا جَنِيًّا. فَكُلِي وَاشْرَبِي وَقَرِّي عَيْنًا فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ الْبَشَرِ أَحَدًا فَقُولِي إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَنِ صَوْمًا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ الْيَوْمَ إِنْسِيًّا
“Dan gegarlah ke arahmu batang pohon tamar itu, supaya gugur kepadamu buah tamar yang masak. Maka makanlah dan minumlah serta bertenanglah hati dari segala yang merunsingkan. kemudian kalau engkau melihat seseorang manusia, maka katakanlah; Sesungguhnya aku bernazar diam membisu kerana (Allah) Ar-Rahman; (setelah Aku menyatakan yang demikian) maka aku tidak akan berkata-kata kepada sesiapapun dari kalangan manusia pada hari ini".

Ilham daripada Malaikat daripada Hadis dari Imam At-Tirmizi yang diriwayatkan daripada Abdullah Bin Mas’ud r.a katanya, sabda Rasulullah s.a.w yang bermaksud: “Adapun lintasan atau ilham daripada Malaikat yang menjanjikan dengan kebaikan dan membenarkan akan kebenaran. Barangsiapa yang mendapati yang demikian itu maka hendaklah dia mengetahui bahawasanya ia daripada Allah maka hendaklah dia memuji Allah.”

Allah Ta’ala menegur hamba-hambanya yang soleh yang bersih hati mereka daripada kekotoran dunia dengan berbagai-bagai cara, ada yang Allah tegur dengan هاتف dan ada yang Allah Ta’ala tegur dengan فراسة dan ada yang Allah Ta’ala tegur mereka dengan خواطر dan ada yang Allah Ta’ala tegur mereka dengan melalui رؤية صالحة dan lain-lain lagi seperti mana yang telah ditulis oleh Imam Abu Bakar Al-Kilabazi di dalam kitab التعرف لمذهب اهل التصوف.

Monday, April 11, 2011

5 Asas Penyatuan Umat

1. Kesedaran: Perasaan yang mahu mengaku kehambaan, iaitu Taubat.

2. Berselawat ke atas Nabi Muhamad (SAW).

3. Memperbanyakkan zikrullah.

4. Mempraktikkan Syariat dan Toriq mengikut acuan Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

5. Menjauhi dan meninggalkan pendapat serta pandangan yang terkeluar dari acuan Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah lebih-lebih lagi pandangan, pendapat dan acuan Yahudi dan Nasroni.

(Syeikhuna wa Sanadina wa Fakhrina)