Article from Silat World...

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  1. 408kali

    408kali Member

    Hi All,

    I was just reading this article and thought I'd post it here for those of you who have an interest in Silat.



    Buah Pukul of Malaysia

    Posted by: "Mohd Nadzrin Wahab"

    Salam hormat all,

    A few comments here about Buah Pukul. In
    Malaysia, Gayang 5, LianPadukan, Silat Awang Daik,
    Gerak Silat Lian and many more fall under the category
    of Buah Pukul which has been variously defined as
    Shield and Strike or Striking Techniques or just

    The name Buah Pukul is used exclusively when speaking
    of a root style taught by a Chinese trader who came to
    Singapura in 1897. He is known by various names, but
    the most common is Abdul Rahman Al-Yunani with some
    later practitioners claiming him to be of Chinese-Arab
    descent (even a descendant of the Holy Prophet
    Muhammad, PBUH).

    Some even add on the title of Sheikh, claiming him to
    be a Muslim missionary. His skills (and successful
    defence against Singapura dock workers who tried to
    fleece him) caught the ear of Sultan Ibrahim of Johor.
    The Sultan ordered his personal bodyguard, the then
    High Commissioner of the Mersing district, Awang Daik,
    to investigate the incident and maybe even court the
    trader to teach.

    Sensing his skills incapable of testing Abdul Rahman's
    own, he asked that a friend, Pak Long Muhammad Yassin,
    the Muar Chief of Police to accompany him.

    In a friendly contest, both of them conceded defeat
    and managed to persuade Abdul Rahman to come to Johor
    to teach. It was there that Awang Daik and Pak Long
    Muhammad Yassin became masters of the style. In Buah
    Pukul lore, Abdul Rahman disappeared soon after, never
    to be heard of again.

    Meanwhile, Awang Daik and Pak Long Muhammad Yassin
    modified the style and it's not impossible that they
    even enhanced it with local pukulan forms of silat,
    Sendeng being one of the more prominent Johor ones at
    the time. Awang Daik, himself a Buginese, would have
    had some contact, if not familiarity with Sendeng and
    other pukulan forms including local Kuntau. However,
    this remains an interesting hypothesis at best.

    Buah Pukul was then taught to the Sultan's personal
    army (Johor used to have its own army separate from
    the Malaysian Armed Forces up until the the turn of
    this century) and flourished. To this day, there are
    still remnants of these army folk who pass on the
    knowledge and their particular blends to their
    families and students.

    In the palace, Buah Pukul was known as Lian Paduka or
    Royal Lian, but the art filtered outwards to the
    kampungs by way of Awang Daik's students and gained
    names such as Gayang 5, migrated to Pahang, and called
    Gerak Silat Lian, etc.

    One of the more prominent Buah Pukul is LianPadukan
    [http://silatmelayu. com/modules. php?name= News&file= article&sid= 23
    you have to register as a free member to read this
    article] which has made strides away from the original
    Buah Pukul, including incorporating a left side lead
    and connection to the right side lead and a
    simplification of the 99 Lian forms into 16 core ones.

    In Sabah and Sarawak, there is a particular pukulan
    style called Silat Spring (sometimes Sapring, or
    Sepiring) which resembles Buah Pukul. Recently, we had
    an interesting lead when AB Rahim, one of our research
    team members posted there, reported that Spring lore
    tells of a Chinese Muslim merchant named Abdul Rahman
    Abdullah who came to Sarawak and spread the art. So
    maybe he didn't 'disappear' as we all thought. You
    guys are among the first to hear of this. We haven't
    nailed down any chronologies yet but we hope to soon
    and publish our findings in SMC (SilatMelayu. Com).

    The most interesting part is that AB Rahim was himself
    an intermediate student of LianPadukan and he reported
    that what he saw in Spring is reminiscent of the old
    Buah Pukul forms, a continuous fist rolling that only
    exists in LianPadukan as a three-strike barrage. The
    inquiry is ongoing.

    Now, as for Lian Yunan (the only one on Phil's list I
    didn't touch on yet), although some Buah Pukul
    practitioners use this term for their own variants, I
    personally know of one strain that claims no descent
    from Buah Pukul.

    This Lian Yunan comes from Melaka and was last taught
    by a Soh Ah Chee to Pak Anwar (full name unknown to
    me). It is claimed to originate from one of Hang Li
    Po's bodyguard entourage (she was a 'princess' bride
    from China for the Malaccan sultan, although some
    people dispute her royalty for lack of records).
    Having seen and practised slightly both LianPadukan
    and this Lian Yunan, I can personally say the
    difference in method and technique is vastly

    However, when I described Lian Yunan to guru utama
    Mohd Hasyim Mohd Salleh of LianPadukan, he seemed
    pleasantly surprised, saying that that was a really
    old form of Lian, which he thought did not exist
    anymore. Curiouser and curiouser.

    Salam persilatan,

    Mohd Nadzrin Wahab
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Silat appears in Malaysia, Indonesia, the's very international!

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