Why did I joint Silat? There is a lot of martial art in Sabah, but I settle with Silat. I joined Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Ustaz Hanafi Malaysia Cawangan Sabah since August 2004, and now I’ve become one of the Instructors teaching at SM Majakir, Papar.
As far as I remember, the first martial art that I joined was Tae Kwon Do. But I didn’t finish it, not even upgrading to yellow belt. I was too lazy to continue. I was 14 at that time and I was very active in extra curricular activity. What prompt me to join at that time? Well, sadly, I was mugged by some bully from other school. I was not hurt though, I willingly surrender my only RM10. I was only 5’3″ at that time and he was like 5’6″ or 5’7″. Yes, yes, I was small that time. Don’t laugh at me. It happens inside State Mosque while waiting for Friday prayer. Can you believe it? Luckily my mom’s office is just a walk away and I just simply popped up as said, “Hi mom. I was mugged just now. Can I have another RM10?”.
Then I joined Kung Fu. Wuuuu… Yeah I know. I was in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. I guess I joined it because I watch too many Jackie Chan & Jet Li’s Movie. Guess what? I didn’t finish it either. For 1 semester it’s just stretching and stretching and stretching. It’s boring. But I did manage to learn The Monkey Stance Kung Fu. I can’t recall the moves now. And the funny thing is, Silat Cekak was in my university but I was not moved to join.
Then I met my fiancée. She’s a Karate Do Black Belt 2nd Dan holder. Then I get to thinking. It is kind off embarrassing if groups of mugger surround you and your fiancée end up saving you. I am a man. I must be able to throw a punch at least. So I decide to join Shorinji Kempo while at the same time my brothers joined Silat Cekak. They keep promoting it to me but I still insist on joining Shorinji until a friend of mine message me to join silat. I didn’t think for a second and just simply say okay. So I didn’t manage to join Shorinji but joined Silat Cekak instead. My brother was still half way at that time. They kind off waiting for me I guess. So we finished together, went for Sijil Rendah Persilatan together (hey, I got two SRP certificate now hahaha), and went to Pertandingan Waja Diri 2005 together. My sisters and cousins also joined soon after we completed our training. So you can say we are Cekak Hanafi Family now.
But still, why Silat? Well, that’s another story.