08 April 2014

SENAMAN TUA | Siapa Yang Betul dan Tamadun?

Mula-mula saya memperkenalkan Senaman Melayu Tua 15 tahun lalu (pernah perkenal tahun 80-an dalam majalah PENDEKAR), ramai 'golongan cerdik pandai' kalangan pakar sains sukan dan pakar perubatan senyum sengeh kerana memandang rendah!

Bila diberitahu Senaman ini 'semua ada' dan beri tumpuan kepada sendi dalam pergerakan, dan setiap gerak/ senaman pecah seribu, buatkan mereka 'cakap belakang-belakang'.

Bila terbukti ia berkesan dan rawatannya luar biasa, mereka diam namun ada pulak biadap mencuri pergerakan Senaman Tua dan akui fokus pergerakan sendi untuk kuatkan otot-otot dan kecut perut makin popular, dan pelbagai lagi.

Dikatakan biadap kerana ia daripada ilmu Melayu dan perlu berguru dan dapat restu guru. Kalau guna atau ambil daripada ilmu Melayu kena mohon izin bertulis.

Penat-penat saya hendak naikkan ilmu bangsa Melayu tetapi pihak individu dapat nama.

Kerajaan perlu prihatin dan jangan main lepas tangan. Macamana ilmu Melayu hendak diangkat jika terus ditekan?! Macamana lagi bangsa Melayu hendak dihormati dan disegani jika ilmu mereka terus disembunyi dan ditekan untuk pendedahan?

Kata ilmu Melayu khazanah negara dan tak ternilai harganya, namun kadang-kadang ia dipandang seperti 'sampah' di negara sendiri.

Silat menjadi rujukan dalam perjuangan, walaupun seperti guru-guru lain 'yang duduk bagai tiada bertempat' (cakap ringkas "merempat"), Senaman dan Silat Melayu akan terus diangkat bersama guru-guru yang mengenali Amanah Melayu!

Oleh PROF DR PENDITA AZLAN GHANIE

21 Oktober 2013

Testimonial Joharisaudi Mohd Ali - "Aku bagai mati hidup kembali"


"Wa'alaikumusalam Sifu Azlan....alhamdulillah syukur kehadrat Allah SWT kerna dengan izin DIA juga maka tubuhku serta derita "Slip Disc" ku selama ini..........gak bisa aku olahin dengan perkataan kerna ianya bagai bermimpi disiang hari.....

"Alhamdulillah....alhamdulillah....alhamdulillah Hamba panjatkan buat Allah SWT dan Countless appreciation hamba ucapkan pada Sifu Azlan Ghani kerna menjadi Mediator between hamba dan Allah SWT....

"MasyaAllah sebangkitnya hamba dari tidur hari ini....keadaan tubuh fisikal hamba bagai tubuh baru pemberian Allah SWT kerna hamba gak rasa apa2 lagi seperti sebelumnya ini....

"Aku kira kalian diluar sana pasti gak percaya kerna hanya dengan beberapa teknik pergerkan tubuh badan serta diwaktu yang sama selaras dengan cara teknik pernafasan yang diajar olih Sifu Azlan, maka derita yang hamba laluin selama ini hilang sama sekali dan kerna itulah ianya gak bisa aku olahin dgn perkataan disini....

"Again my countless appreciation to you Sifu Azlan and this is my honest comment and from deep inside of me. Tubuh hamba mnjadi seringan polisterin dan hamba bisa bingkas bangun tanpa merasain apa jua kesakitan sewaktu bngun dari tidor....

"Isteriku juga pelik sekali kerna aku tidur persis bagai orang mati dan sewaktu dia ingin mngejutku dari tidur, aku gak sadar sama sekali dan ibaratnya aku ini mati....lalu dipanggilnya anak permpuanku utk bngunkan aku, namun begitu juga aku gak sadar sama sekali....

"Namun keajaiban yang berlaku pada diriku hari ini ibarat paling menakjubkan kerna aku bagai mati hidup kembali kerna segala kesakitan yang hamba rasain selama ini samada dibhgian belakang, di pinggang, dipeha, dilutut, dibetis, di pergelangan kaki mahupun ditempurung kaki yang sentiasa menyuchuk nyucuk hilang sama sekali dan lenyap pergi bersama alirNya air hujan meresap kedalam bumi.....

"Ya Allah ya tuhan hamba. Engkau kekalkanlah akan kesihatan tubuh badan hamba, yang seperti hamba rasain sekarang buat selama lamanya dan insyaAllah hamba pasti tidak akan meninggalkan lagi ST ini setiap hari untuk beberapa minute samada sewaktu bangkit dari tidur, mahupun sebelum tidur.....

"Sntuha Sifu Azlan bagaikan membawa satu cahaya yang bisa mnghilangkan segala derita yang hamba laluin selama ini dan hamba juga yakin kerna sentuhan itu beserta dengan kuasa Sang Maha Hidup yang maha berkuasa, maha pemurah, maha mengasihani dan maha menhetahui akan segala perjalanan kehidupan makhluk ciptaanNYA....

"Dan salam selawat hamba ucapkan pada junjongan besar nabi Muhammad SAW serta Engkau cucurilah rahmat keatas ROH baginda, keluarga serta para sahabat2 baginda dan Engkau letakkan lah Roh mereka diaras yang paling mulia di sisi Engkau Ya Allah.....amin ya rabil alamin...." - Joharisaudi Mohd Ali (https://www.facebook.com/joharisaudi.mohdali)

Tontoni video Joharisaudi di sini: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=578508428851882

25 September 2013

Bonding over an ancient art



A father wants his family to learn silat because it is not only a form of martial arts, but steeped in the Malay traditions of adab (respect) and adat (customs).

Epidemiologist Dr Mustafa Bakri’s fascination with silat started from watching old Malay films from the 1960s such as Anak Buluh Betong and Dharma Kesuma. “I was fascinated by how silat invoked the spirit of heroism and justice.

But after being introduced to different silat techniques such as silat lintau and silat panji alam in secondary school, I realised martial arts acts in movies were choreographed, be it in Malay, European, Hollywood or Japanese movies.

“Silat teaches the core art of martial arts, minus the fancy moves seen on the big screen. In a real fight, the scenario is entirely different. Silat is thus far one of the best and most practical,” shares Dr Mustafa, 57, who works at the Seremban district health office.

Young exponents: It's good for children to learn silat as it instills discipline in them. Young exponents: It’s good for children to learn silat as it instils discipline in them.

The Perak-born doctor attends Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 lessons which he considers one of the most practical self-defence tactics. “It is one of the few silat systems where students (beginners included) are encouraged to use the keris in both armed and unarmed combat. Silat exponents can use simple yet effective movements to counter attack the opponent.

“To me, Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 is the most practical silat by far as it combines skill and rigorous exercise. It requires minimal running, pumping or punching unlike other silat forms that I have seen, making it a perfect martial arts form-cum-exercise for me,” he said.

Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9 is an old system in Silat Melayu that can be traced back to the Malacca Sultanate and it is believed Malay warriors used it to fight Portuguese invaders. The modern version of this form of martial arts was developed by silat exponent Prof Dr Azlan Ghanie, who had learnt it from his father Abdul Ghanie Abu Bakar, who inherited it from his grandfather Abang Salleh Datu Patinggi Borhassan.

Dr Mustafa, who has been learning silat since 2007, is one of Azlan’s students. He was so enthusiastic about silat that he has persuaded his wife Noraishah Mohamed, 49, and his sons Muhammad Syahridwan, 13 and Muhammad Syahriezlan, 11, to participate in Azlan’s classes.

Silat master Dr Azlan Ghani training his students. RAYMOND OOI / The Star Aug 31, 2013.

Hidden in the palm: Students learn to use anak badik, a weapon used by women in self-defence.

“Since my wife and sons do not do much physical activities, the classes help to keep them active,” said Dr Mustafa who has six children.

Noraishah, a homemaker, was inspired to join silat classes due to its simplicity and practicality. “We learn self-defense tips for women, be it in public spaces or at home. It is especially useful as I am a housewife and I am home alone most of the time,” said Noraishah, who has been a silat student for two years.

Quick and fast moves: Dr Mustafa Bakri, 57, and wife Noraishah Mohamed, 49, testing their sparring skills during silat class.


Muhammad Syahridwan’s interest was sparked by his father’s enthusiasm. “My parents have been silat enthusiasts and their interest rubbed off on us. I enjoy my silat lessons as they build confidence and discipline. It is also a good form of exercise,” said the secondary school student.

Dr Mustafa works in Seremban but travels back to be with his family in Rawang during weekends. Every Saturday, his family travels from Rawang to Setapak, Kuala Lumpur for their silat lessons. Students start their classes with Senaman Melayu Tua, an ancient form of physical exercise that focuses on breathing techniques, stretches and movements to strengthen the body.

After the warming up session, students learn different forms of loks (a Melayu term for the curve on the blade of the keris).

There are five loks (numbered one, three, five, seven and nine) to be learned to complete the basic syllabus. Learning the loks is the key to the principles of fighting in armed and empty hand combat. The basic syllabus takes two years of regular training to complete.

Dr Mustafa adds that besides an art of self defence, silat also places emphasis on adab (respect) and adat (customs). Traditional Malay values are maintained throughout classes where students are taught how to respect their elders and each other. Students are also taught how to confront danger (with or without weapons) which is useful for different age groups and gender.

“Silat practitioners are taught to respect our opponents and training tools. Before each session, we have to bow a little to shake hands with partners and kiss our weapon as a sign of respect. This traditional martial arts form teach us to avoid trouble and protect ourselves from danger. Being able to handle the keris during practice has helped boost my sons’ self confidence,” explained Dr Mustafa, adding that plastic or wooden knives are also used during sparring sessions.

Traditionally, the keris is regarded more than just a weapon and the adab (manners/ rules of behaviour) surrounding this art is extremely important. The keris is a symbol of the ancient Malay culture and must be respected, and those who own a keris carry heavy responsibilities. Learning the customs and traditions associated with the keris is an integral part of the syllabus.

Another benefit of learning silat is that it is good for health as its practitioners learn how to regulate their breathing. “Some silat students with asthma and shortness of breath are now more aware of proper breathing techniques. Learning how to improve breathing is among the core essentials of silat,” said Azlan, who charges RM50 monthly for his silat classes.

Azlan has also further developed Senaman Tua – a traditional exercise system based on the movements found in Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9. He had turned to this exercise form after he suffering from a stroke at 32, which left him partially paralysed.

“Although I sought all sorts of treatments ranging from modern to traditional, I didn’t show signs of improvement. I eventually started to practise various techniques of Senaman Tua (which I had learnt from my father) and my health gradually improved,” recounted Azlan, who is the founder and editor of Seni Beladiri, a monthly magazine dedicated to the Malaysian martial arts scene. 

Dr Mustafa hopes more youngsters will learn silat as it is a self-defense art passed down from the warriors of the olden days. “Sadly, some feel that silat is out of fashion and not a necessity. Hopefully more students will sign up for classes as it is a powerful martial arts form that stresses on team spirit and confidence.”

*For more details on Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9, go to senibeladiri.com.my.

Written by SEELA CHANDRAN
Sourced from
http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Family/Features/2013/09/25/Bonding-over-an-ancient-art.aspx

05 September 2012

Testimonial from The Netherlands

"Leon Gubbels" View contact details
To: "azlan ghanie"
Cc: "Silat Melayu (Cikgu Angah)"

Salam abang Azlan. 

A few weeks ago, I gave your ST book to one of my students who was in hospital just before that, for surgery to his intestine. He lost many kilos in weight, and needed severe recovery. He slept during the day, walking up a stair made him so tired, he had to rest for several minutes etc. He came to my Silat class and just sat in a corner listning. I gave him the ST book and studied it for a couple of days and started to exercise. After 1 week he got so much energy again he stopped sleeping during the day, could visit places again and even started training again in regular Silat classes yesterday.

I promised him to thank you for this, so: terima kasih!!!

Say hello to my friends over there!

Yang benar,

--
Anjang


Original Article by Mohd Nadzrin Wahab

29 September 2011

How Exercise Can Strengthen the Brain

Can exercise make the brain more fit? That absorbing question inspired a new study at the University of South Carolina during which scientists assembled mice and assigned half to run for an hour a day on little treadmills, while the rest lounged in their cages without exercising.

Earlier studies have shown that exercise sparks neurogenesis, or the creation of entirely new brain cells. But the South Carolina scientists were not looking for new cells. They were looking inside existing ones to see if exercise was whipping those cells into shape, similar to the way that exercise strengthens muscle.

For centuries, people have known that exercise remodels muscles, rendering them more durable and fatigue-resistant. In part, that process involves an increase in the number of muscle mitochondria, the tiny organelles that float around a cell’s nucleus and act as biological powerhouses, helping to create the energy that fuels almost all cellular activity. The greater the mitochondrial density in a cell, the greater its vitality.

Past experiments have shown persuasively that exercise spurs the birth of new mitochondria in muscle cells and improves the vigor of the existing organelles. This upsurge in mitochondria, in turn, has been linked not only to improvements in exercise endurance but to increased longevity in animals and reduced risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease in people. It is a very potent cellular reaction.

Brain cells are also fueled by mitochondria. But until now, no one has known if a similar response to exercise occurs in the brain.

Like muscles, many parts of the brain get a robust physiological workout during exercise. “The brain has to work hard to keep the muscles moving” and all of the bodily systems in sync, says J. Mark Davis, a professor of exercise science at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and senior author of the new mouse study, which was published last month in The Journal of Applied Physiology. Scans have shown that metabolic activity in many parts of the brain surges during workouts, but it was unknown whether those active brain cells were actually adapting and changing.

To see, the South Carolina scientists exercised their mice for eight weeks. The sedentary control animals were housed in the same laboratory as the runners to ensure that, except for the treadmill sessions, the two groups shared the same environment and routine.

At the end of the two months, the researchers had both groups complete a run to exhaustion on the treadmill. Not surprisingly, the running mice displayed much greater endurance than the loungers. They lasted on the treadmills for an average of 126 minutes, versus 74 minutes for the unexercised animals.

More interesting, though, was what was happening inside their brain cells. When the scientists examined tissue samples from different portions of the exercised animals’ brains, they found markers of upwelling mitochondrial development in all of the tissues. Some parts of their brains showed more activity than others, but in each of the samples, the brain cells held newborn mitochondria.

There was no comparable activity in brain cells from the sedentary mice.

This is the first report to show that, in mice at least, two months of exercise training “is sufficient stimulus to increase mitochondrial biogenesis,” Dr. Davis and his co-authors write in the study.

The finding is an important “piece in the puzzle implying that exercise can lead to mitochondrial biogenesis in tissues other than muscle,” says Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of medicine at McMaster Children’s Hospital, who was not involved with this experiment but has conducted many exercise studies.

The mitochondrial proliferation in the animals’ brains has implications that are wide-ranging and heartening. “There is evidence” from other studies “that mitochondrial deficits in the brain may play a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases,” including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, Dr. Davis says. Having a larger reservoir of mitochondria in your brain cells could provide some buffer against those conditions, he says.

Dr. Tarnopolsky agrees. “Epidemiological studies show that long-term runners have a lower risk of neurological disease,” he points out.

More immediately, Dr. Davis speculates, re-energized brain cells could behave like mitochondrial-drenched muscle cells, becoming more resistant to fatigue and, since bodily fatigue is partly mediated by signals from the brain, allowing you to withstand more exercise. In effect, exercising the body may train the brain to allow you to exercise more, amplifying the benefits.

Revitalized brain cells also, at least potentially, could reduce mental fatigue and sharpen your thinking “even when you’re not exercising,” Dr. Davis says.

Of course, this experiment was conducted with animals, and “mouse brains are not human brains,” Dr. Davis says. “But,” he continues, “since mitochondrial biogenesis has been shown to occur in human muscles, just as it does in animal muscles, it is a reasonable supposition that it occurs in human brains.”

Best of all, the effort required to round your brain cells into shape is not daunting. A 30-minute jog, Dr. Davis says, is probably a good human equivalent of the workout that the mice completed.

Written by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
Sourced from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/how-exercise-can-strengthen-the-brain/