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Silat Tua

The Malay Dance of Life

Zainal Abidin Shaikh Awab Nigel Sutton FREE FEBRUARY 2007 Sendout for SMC Members

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Dear Members of SilatMelayu.Com (SMC), Welcome to Silat Tua: The Malay Dance of Life, the first book of its kind on silat to be published in Malaysia. This 30-page sendout previews the book written by guru Zainal Abidin Shaikh Awab and Nigel Sutton. This means that SMC members are the first people in the world to get to read two sample chapters, before everyone else! (Who said being an SMC member was dull?) Although the sendout is given to you in your capacity as an SMC member, you are free to distribute it to anyone you wish, the more the merrier. If you like what you see here and want to have a copy of Silat Tua for your own library, never fear, the book will soon be available on SMC and leading book online book distributors as well as being directly available from the publisher. If you have any specific inquiries into the contents of this book, you may email the publisher at [email protected]

Salam persilatan, Mohd Nadzrin Wahab

Norazlan Abdul Wahid

[email protected]

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28 February 2007

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Silat Tua The Malay Dance of Life by Zainal Abidin Shaikh Awab Nigel Sutton

SilatMelayu.Com - The Malaysian Martial Heritage SILAT TUA: THE MALAY DANCE OF LIFE A Living Tradition Edition 1C-2-A2 Taman Leader, Jalan Chee Seng 13, Tanjung Bungah, 11200, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Tel: 604-890 3313 website: http://www.living-tradition.com email: [email protected] First printing 2007 ISBN 978-983-42328-0-1 © 2006 Zainal Abidin Shaikh Awab & Nigel Sutton

Editing, Layout & Cover Mohd Nadzrin Wahab Published by Azlan Ghanie (M) Sdn Bhd (692773-K) 6-1, Jalan 5A/6, Taman Setapak Indah, 53300, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: 603-4025 5379

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Table of contents 1. Foreword - Azlan Ghanie

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2. Foreword - Haji Abdul Rashid Baba

7

3. Foreword - Ismail Ahmad

9

4. Introduction

13

5. Origin of Silat

17

6. What is Silat?

21

7. Fundamental concepts

25

8. History

37

9. Preparations for training

41

10. The Silat training experience

47

11. Mythic concepts

73

12. Interview with Tok Guru Haji Zainal Abidin Shaikh Awab

89

13. Poems of Tok Ayah

115

14. Glossary

119

15. Additional References

126

16. Acknowledgements

127

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Both authors wish to dedicate this work in gratitude to all those Martial Artists of the past who dedicated their lives to developing those arts which have been passed down to us today.

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Foreword

It is an honour to be invited to pen a few words for Silat Tua: The Malay Dance of Life, especially since this book comes at a time when many more peo