Silat Tradisional at East Rock Park

June 2, 2013 | Events Archive

Bapak WaleedSaturday, June 1st, 2013, East Rock Park, New Haven, CT

Fresh from an extended tour of teaching and training in Indonesia, Bapak Waleed returned to our neck of the woods this week and offered a class in traditional Silat of Silat Minang and Silat Tuo. During his recent trip to Indonesia, Bapak Waleed spent much time in West Sumatra, the birthplace and origin of traditional Silat. The extended region around the city of Padang, in West Sumatra, is home to many villages that have carried on the traditional arts of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang for centuries. For many years now, and again on this trip, Bapak Waleed has been invited to share, teach and perform Silat Tuo and Silat Minang at traditional Silat schools, cultural events, and sessions with the elders.

This past Saturday was sunny and hot, so Bapak Waleed brought his students out to East Rock Park to train. He led them in a warm up of the basic movements, with an emphasis on precision, balance, and breathing. Then Bapak Waleed showed the students how the movements connected with one another. He focused on flowing from one to the next and connection, as when one puts words together to form a sentence. Bapak gave each student special attention and corrected their movements one on one. At the conclusion of the workout, everyone was fulfilled and energized, feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn ancient movements in the traditional manner.  They remarked at the wonderful movements that Bapak Waleed always brings with him when he returns from time spent with the elders in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Bapak Waleed will be leading the International Silat Federation members in a performance of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang on stage at the upcoming Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven later this month (additional information can be found elsewhere on our site). In preparation for the event, some of Bapak’s senior students traveled from New York and even as far away as Michigan to be present with him and participate in the training. Everyone is excited for the upcoming event and honored to be taking part in an ancient and blessed tradition. As always, every session with Bapak Waleed, where the pusaka (treasured cultural heritage) of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang is shared, is opened and closed by offering respect to the generations of teachers and elders who have passed down this valuable experience.



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We are the local New Haven, CT branch of the International Silat Federation of America and Indonesia, dedicated to sharing the traditional arts, culture, music, theater, and natural wellness methods of the Minangkabau community of West Sumatra, Indonesia.