Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Buah Pukul Mersing.

Most martial arts are self-defence oriented in that you train hard to defend yourself against blows from your opponent which may rain on you in the form of punches, kicks, elbows, head butts or knee jabs. This may sound a reasonable thing to do but any street fighter will tell you that it is impossible to predict an attack especially when you know that your opponent means business and he is not walking out on this fight until you are seriously hurt.

If you go by the concept of self-defence, it simply means you have to study at least five martials in order to familiarize yourself with the form of attacks of each martial art so that you will be able to prepare yourself to handle the situation the best you can. This is foolish. You may be able to familiarize yourself very well with each martial art but there is no way of knowing for sure that your opponent will attack you with one of the attacking movements that you have drilled like crazy in a classroom situation. There are hundreds of ways to attack a person. The question is will you be able to know all of these and then train to handle each and every one of them?

Welcome to Seni Silat Lian, the concept of fighting that originated from Kwangtung and various parts in China. It was brought to Malaysia via Johor by an Arab-Chinese trader by the name of Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Yunani during the early 19th Century. The art has various names. Among the elders familiar with this art they may have studied it under the name Buah Pukul Mersing, Gayang Lima, Buah Pukul, Lian Yunan, or simply Silat Lian. The latest versions currently popular are Lian Padukan, and Gerak Lian which is very popular in Kuantan especially in Tanjung Lumpur and Sungai Ular. The art has gone through various adaptations making it a very interesting discipline to train simply because it is not self-defence oriented but rather, offence-oriented. Now you understand why the Chinese are aggresive and most of the time they get things done their way.

This art has a concept call 'rebut timba' which simply means in a brawl you cannot afford to be honorable, or honest. You should go into a fight with only one thing in mind and that is to win. Winning in this art is defined as your opponent is flat on the ground, completely broken and unable to muster a counter-attack for at least two years. It's a dangerous art which is why most of the exponents are people from a section of society you don't deal with very often.

The art is gaining popularity among the youngsters, and adults who have trained in various forms of martial arts, including Aikido. I must tell you before-hand that Silat Lian is 'buah pukul' which simply means you 'pukul' and therefore there is no locks, or grabs like that of other silat like Gayung, Cekak (Hanafi or Malaysia), Lincah, Kuntau, Sendeng, Lintau, and many others. A new centre will be opened next week in Wangsa Maju. This is the third centre in the Klang Valley where you can train in this art, if you are interested, that is.


Blogger Noni said...

R u enrolling Aunt Su for it?

3:03 PM  
Blogger thinktankgal said...

Have I said this entry could be of an interest long time ago ;-)

4:06 PM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

I like this "rebut timba" concept. No pain, no gain!

5:03 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

hmmmmmm...lemme see, yes I definitely have a few people I want "flat on the ground, completely broken and unable to muster a counter-attack for at least two years". make it three years.

where do i sign up sir???

7:05 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Noni: Aunt Su got me to protect her.

Thinktankgal: You did, ma'am. You did.

Ailin: Yes, it works in today's situation.

Anedra: I wouldn't recommend this art to women because it's a little too rough and one would require strength to execute the movements effectively. Perhaps Aikido is more suited to women because more often than not, an assailant will try to overpower a woman victim by locks or grabs. Very seldom an assailant go after a woman victim with a punch or a kick, unless the woman puts up a fierce resistance. But it doesn't hurt to learn how to punch using the technique of this art because I know personnally a woman who attended this class and used the punch to break the nose of her attacker i one lucky swing.

7:31 PM  
Blogger dr in the house said...

Wah your knowledge of Silat is exquisite! But the best person to comment this would be ikelah, another silat fanatic

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

buah pukul mersing..very intresting.
where in KL i can find the "cawangan"
buah pukul mersing.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post. I'm currently studying another pukulan style, Pukulan Buah Melaka under cikgu Dahlan Karim of Setibakti, and will definitely train with Lian Padukan if I have the time.

Very interesting concept. No more waiting for your opponent to attack..

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there any similarity between buah pukul mersing n buah pukul mat klang? both from southren msia... also but buah pukul mat klang not register and just learn by a few people to a few people at home. Some of the student are in s'pore, johore, melaka & n9.

10:08 AM  
Blogger DC said...

Where can you learn at? I live close to Wangsa Maju.

9:44 AM  
Blogger DC said...

Where can you learn at? I live close to Wangsa Maju.

9:45 AM  
Blogger DC said...

Where can you learn at? I live close to Wangsa Maju.

9:45 AM  

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