Martial Arts Odyssey: Silat “Because of God” (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm



Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man shares his Islamic martial art and his fascinating life philosophy of peace and gratitude with Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo. “We eat because of God. We drink because of God. We practice martial art because of God.” Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man wants people to remember how lucky they are that they can practice martial art, that they can walk, and speak, that they are not ill or suffering. He says that if we always remember to be grateful, we will be happier, healthier people.


In a Muslim community outside of Kuala Lumpur, in Selangor, Malaysia, Antonio explores a version of Silat, the many faced Malaysian martial art. Silat, as taught by Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man is a solid self-defense and combat martial art which uses a lot of stand up grappling. In Dr. Zahalan’s martial art, you never attack, but when your opponent attacks, you tie him up with his own limbs and kick him into submission.


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Part 1


Part 2


Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the book, “The Monk from Brooklyn” and the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.


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This episode was edited by Antonio Graceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.





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