The Sokeship Council has taken notice of Malaysia ever since they awarded Guru Mazlan Man of Persatuan Seni Silat Ikatan Kalam Utama (PIKUM or Silat Kalam) two years ago with the title of Grandmaster. Since then, they have observed the dedication and sacrifices of the magazine and its founder, guru Azlan Ghanie.
First published in 1997, SENI BELADIRI immediately found a quick following amongst the martial arts fans of Malaysia and served to spur renewed interest in silat. It follows a published policy of assisting established perguruan to spread their messages while reintroducing to the public unknown or vanishing silat styles. Often, this resulted in those masters reestablishing their gelanggang for the younger generation who never knew they existed.
I am proud to have been associated with SENI BELADIRI since 1997 and serving there for five years as journalist and editor. My hat's off to you SB and guru Azlan. This recognition is a long time coming, and I pray that the nomination realises into a win. For us all. Congratulations once again.