And last drop found. Until then, the journey must continue...
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Cikgu Mufti Ansari
Cikgu Mufti Ansari was the first Gayong Master that had the permission from the late Dato' Meor Abdul Rahman himself, to teach this art outside Malaysia. The man, was the responsible of bringing the first Gayong demo team, performing the Silat Seni Gayong at the Bercy in the 80's. The team, if I'm not mistaken, as been told, was made of 18 participant, from Gayong Malaysia, Gayung Fatani (the late Cikgu Anuar Wahab), Silat Lincah, Dayak (from Borneo) and others Silat styles which I've forgotten (next time I'll keep my note book in my pocket!)
The story of his life, how did he come to Paris, and how did he survive amaze me. When he came to France, he was already a Gayong Black Belt holder, receiving it directly from the late Mahaguru. Cikgu Mufti taught not only in Paris, but had the clubs at the Marseille and others. Everywhere he moved, he created Gayong community, in Germany, in Denmark, and even in Sweeden. Cikgu Mufti taught not only the art of Silat, but also the culture and the life style of Malay people. Cikgu Mufti bring his students once from France, to meet the late Dato' Meor in Taiping. Dato' Meor, sitting while talking to Cikgu Mufti and his students, was massaging his legs as usual. Without being told, the french students, approached Dato' and massaged him. Dato' felt so touched of the good manners of these "white" Anak Gayong, even he shed tears, telling that "Mufti had taught these white to be as Malay".
Cikgu Mufti had been in the "meditation" for a long time. And he comes back recently. I've been trying to contact him since 2005 when I would like to ask about his students in France. Being as one of direct students of the late Dato', he is known as "Panglima Hitam" (Black Knight), from his ancestors of Kiyai Ismail, the Master of Keris and Golok. I was told that Kiyai Ismail and Kiyai Salleh were the disciples of Kiyai Lohor, the great grand father of Cikgu Mufti. Cikgu Mufti teaches at Kepong (Kuala Lumpur) recently and is one of the promoter of Pertubuhan Seni Gayong Serantau Malaysia.
Cikgu Mufti is also an artist, a painter, and a professional national level shooter. God bless you Cikgu! ;). Cikgu Mufti is also the husband of Cikgu Safiah Mohd Noor. Cikgu Safiah, was the first female black belt holder from Selangor, other than the late Cikgu Siti Kalsom. One of the senior Gurulatih that taught many Gayong Masters that exist nowadays.... All of my respect Cikgu!!!
Cikgu Safiah in action. From Pak Aji's photos (anakgayong.net)