Ustaz Hanafi: A Transformative Figure in Malay Silat Through the Education of the Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia (PSSCM) (74473)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture
Session Chair: Anis Suria Zainudin

Thursday, 23 November 2023 15:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Ustaz Hanafi, the late Founder, President, and Guru Utama of the Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia (PSSCM), was a well-known figure among the members of the organization and the Malay martial arts community. This study aims to examine Ustaz Hanafi's character as a silat master in PSSCM. Interviews were conducted with 15 active members who had studied under Ustaz Hanafi during the early days of PSSCM. The findings revealed that Ustaz Hanafi possessed a firm and serious demeanor as a silat master, which was crucial for effectively transmitting and preserving the knowledge of the martial art. Despite the organization being in its infancy in Kuala Lumpur, Ustaz Hanafi's compassionate nature as a teacher fostered a strong bond with his students, ensuring their continued dedication and participation in PSSCM. The philosophy of Ustaz Hanafi's silat education aimed to cultivate individuals who would contribute to their religion, nation, and country. His distinctive character set him apart from other contemporary silat masters and allowed him to transform many troubled individuals within PSSCM into better versions of themselves. This paper explores in detail how Ustaz Hanafi's character contributed to the growth and development of PSSCM as a prominent martial arts organization. His leadership, combined with his strict yet caring approach, propelled the organization forward and established its reputation as it stands today. Ustaz Hanafi's legacy as a silat master continues to inspire and shape the values of PSSCM, fostering a community of dedicated practitioners who strive to make a positive impact.

Mohd Azuwan Maoinser, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
Abdul Hazim Abdullah , Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
Anis Suria Zainudin, Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Anis Suria is a Lecturer at Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS) in Malaysia. Currently I'm working on the Kuala Kangsar's Heritage House that will be one-stop centre for all heritage and arts products in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia.

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