Showcasing skills, culture of Brunei’s silat to the world

|     Hakim Hayat     |

WITH Brunei’s traditional martial art silat gaining more global prominence, it has the potential to position the country as a unique tourism destination, particularly for martial arts practitioners wishing to learn more about Brunei’s silat techniques.

This was stated by well-known local silat master Maul Mornie, who has been travelling around the world to impart his skills and techniques.

Maul said that Brunei can promote martial arts tourism as a niche market, allowing visitors to learn more not just silat skills and techniques, but also the interesting culture and history behind it.

Maul spoke to the Bulletin on the final day of the 2nd International Brunei Martial Arts Culture Training Bootcamp organised by the International Association of Silat Suffian that saw some 55 participants from 16 countries in the week-long bootcamp.

Among those participating were Martial Arts Academy owners, black belt achievers and experienced martial art practitioners from the United States, Canada, France, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Greece, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

Head Instructor of International Association of Silat Suffian Maul Mornie with the 2nd International Brunei Martial Arts Culture Training Bootcamp participants in a group photo. – HAKIM HAYAT

Throughout the bootcamp held at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas and Scouts Headquarters Building in Jalan Gadong, the participants were trained by Maul himself along with other instructors of different Brunei silat streams of Silat Jurusan Cempaka 12, Silat Brunei Betawi 3, Silat Cakak Asli Brunei and Silat Suffian Bela Diri.

Apart from training, the participants also explored Brunei’s historical and tourist attractions such as the jungles of Temburong and the former site of Bandar Brunei, Kota Batu.

Maul said the second edition of the bootcamp, held every three years, received an encouraging response and he hoped it benefits not only the participants by boosting their network and promoting Brunei’s silat, but also Brunei’s culture and heritage to the world.

“Our goal here is to also promote Brunei and its cultural heritage of silat. Some of our participants include the President of the Silat Association of Japan, a senior Olympic Sports Council official from Italy and a prominent journalist from Mexico.

“This is a testament to the popularity of Brunei’s silat and people’s eagerness to learn it,” added Maul, who has travelled to 15 countries including the United States in his worldwide tour last year.

Maul has gained much respect and prominence in the silat world through his international seminars, tours and also his YouTube channel Maul565 and Facebook page ‘Silat Suffian Worldwide’ that has garnered millions of viewership with over 50,000 subscribers.

Maul, who is Head Instructor at International Association of Silat Suffian along with the event’s Manager Harris bin Mohamad, said they hope to organise the next bootcamp in Brunei as more people from all over the world are eager to take part.

The bootcamp was also organised in collaboration with support from the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) and the Brunei Tourism Board.