Sunday, September 07, 2003

just watched a new Siam Movie .. Ong Bak for the 20th time.. i think. it is an action packed movie with Tomoi Fighting style, about a villager who went on a quest to find stolen buddha statue, ong bak. using his deadly Tomoi skill [i really mean deadly!] he managed to survive the challanges and somehow got back the statue back. the storyline is predictable, as i watched the no-subtitled version of the movie. the best part is the fight scene, which is unique. they managed to put tomoi as exciting to watch as the kung fu movies. maybe it has several kung fu moves, but most of it is the pure muay thai. see the website...www.ongbak.com

which makes me think.. why malaysian moviemakers are reluctant to make pure silat movie? what? they think silat is a very slow, sluggish, weak fighting style? for those who don't understand the art, he may think the sembah tari is not more than malay dance with a silat costume. basically, the tari is the showcase of the blocking, parrying, striking and many other techniques but composed in a very gentle yet energetic way. sort of tai chi but not the same. sort of kata but not the same. learn the art, understand it, than you'll know.

an excellent silat practioner can excute moves just as great as any kung fu practioner. in gayong syllibus, there are gymnastic moves, quick finishing moves, a lightning fast locks and a deadly attack which can break thru the bones if not blocked properly. well maybe like some old saying.... kite merdeka pada zahirnya, tapi minda kita masih dijajah hingga kini....

- updated the album! click to see the UM Pencak Silat Tournament 2003.
- maybe I'll revamp this page after the finals.. cannot concentrate laaa...
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