08 May 2003

Silat cekak exponents show prowess at sports fest

A woman was walking alone one quiet evening after her class when suddenly, two men on a motorcycle stopped by her and tried to rob her. They even threatened to harm her.

What would you do if you were in this situation? Twenty-three-year-old Norazrine Shamsuddin of Negri Sembilan, who once found herself in such a situation, had fought back.

Not only did she manage to save herself, she even knocked out the men - thanks to the silat cekak she once learnt.

The former Universiti Malaya student was speaking at the launch of the two-day Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia's National Sports Carnival 2003 recently at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang.

Lailati Mohd Noh of Johor, a silat cekak exponent of 13 years, said the self-defence art was most suitable for women.

The mother of two said silat cekak does not require one to have strong lower limbs.

"The moves involve mainly the palms, hands and arms. It also does not make the practitioner muscular," she added.

Nazaruddin Mohd Amin, 27, of Negri Sembilan, was attracted to the simplicity of the silat cekak moves.

The carnival was jointly organised by Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia, Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak UPM and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

It was launched by Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Also present was Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia president and chief instructor Ishak Itam.

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