Welcome! Selamat Detang!

Thank you for visiting the website of Bapak Waleed and the International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America (ISF). We are dedicated to upholding the principles and systems of traditional Silat as embodied by Silat Tuo, Silat Minangkabau, and Silat Tradisional and as practiced in the birthplace of Silat, West Sumatra, Indonesia. This lineage is great, tracing its roots back nearly 1,500 years. The Minangkabau people of West Sumatra have preserved the heritage and the Pusako throughout the generations up until today.

This site is intended to be informative, but in reality, Silat is something to be experienced. We invite those sincere seekers to contact Bapak Waleed directly, or through the ISFA email below.

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Thank you! Terima Kasih!

Tuesday afternoon, April 15, Bapak Waleed visited the Great Hall at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music, to give a workshop for the course “Religious Studies 300: Ritual and Performance.” During the course of the workshop, Bapak Waleed gave an overview of the basic stepping movements of Silat Tuo Minang, from West Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as a taste of some of their applications.  He also included aspects of the Silat ‘play’ that often occurs during performances of Silat, and explained how communication between Silat players occurs by feeling rather than by the spoken word.  He even demonstrated with some of the students in the class.  ’Feeling’ is essential to the movements of Silat Tuo Minang, which has an inner dimension related to awareness and control of one’s breath at all times.  Breath is life-sustaining, and proper use and maintenance of it allows a person to extend the capabilities of their senses, awareness, and perception in all aspects of life.  To this effect, Bapak Waleed also touched upon some of the connections between Silat Tuo Minang and the whirling movement of the whirling dervishes, in connection with the mystic poet Rumi, and demonstrated these movements as well.  In all the afternoon was a very peaceful event, in which Bapak Waleed’s words were meant to heal as well as instruct.  All present felt the benefit, and asked about further learning opportunities…

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | New York City

Several Indonesian groups, Saung Budaya dance performancers, Permias NYC student network, the Tri-state Indonesian Diaspora Network, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, New York, came together this afternoon to hold an exciting and important event. “From New York To Indonesia, A Benefit for The Victims of The Mount Kelud and Sinabung Eruption.”

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After four centuries of silence, the Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra, Indonesia has erupted last year. A few months later on 13 February, Mount Kelud in East Java followed spewing ashes and volcanic debris. At least 45 people have died, 31 of whom were staying in poorly managed temporary shelters. Thousands of people have been evacuated out of the danger zone. Many buildings and schools were severely damaged. The shelters still lack basic water and sanitation facilities. Many people are displaced. They need our help.

This fundraising event featured

  • performances by Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance Group,
  • classical piano by Aryo Wicaksono
  • traditional music performance by Gamelan Kusuma Laras
  • beautiful singing by Kia Suban, a talented and marvelous singer hailed all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia
  • and a raffle and auction to raise funds.

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The event was hosted by The Consulate General of Indonesia in New York (KJRI), 5 East 68th St. All funds collected will directly benefit the volcano victims, and the event was a wonderful success! Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors, performers, the Consul General and all participants!

The afternoon began with an introduction by the Consul General, the Honorable Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra, who welcomed all in attendance to Indonesia, and to be transported to the other side of the world…  He encouraged all in attendance to visit Indonesia, if they have not yet had the opportunity, or to go for their first time to visit this beautiful and unique country whose geographical footprint extends the equivalent length as that from Alaska to Florida!

The Saung Budaya dance troupe, founded in 2005 and dedicated to sharing Indonesian dance and music, performed several pieces throughout the afternoon, representing traditional dances from throughout the islands of Sumatra and Java.  The selections of Tari Saman ”Dance of a thousand hands” and Randai/Tari Piring “Plate dance,” both representing Sumatra, were the pieces to begin and end the event.  Tari Saman, from Banda Aceh in the North, featured a fast-paced rhythm and beautiful live a cappella accompaniment by one of the Saung Budaya singers.  In the Randai/Piring performance, from West Sumatra, the dance was accompanied with live music, including the traditional flutes and drums of the Minang people, and all of the dancer vocalized at throughout the piece.  The movements transitioned from Randai, traditional theater, to Piring, the plate dance, with the dancers throwing the plates to the floor at the end of the piece, shattering them.  In traditional performances in West Sumatra, dancers often continue to dance and step on top of the shattered glass pieces at the end of the performance.

Interspersed between the dance numbers were additional live music performances, including classical Indonesian piano playing, a selection of Javanese Gamelan by the Kusuma Laras ensemble based at KJRI, and singing by one of Indonesia’s rising popular music stars.  Attendees had the opportunity to bid on a variety of Indonesian-themed gift items, ranging from Batik scarves and table cloths to vouchers for staying at one of Jakarta’s luxury hotels, the Dharmawangsa Hotel.  All proceeds from the afternoon go to Pusat Krisis crisis center at the University of Indonesia.

Please see below for a collection of images from the afternoon’s festivities.

Yale/Co-op Dance Concert, April 10th, 2014

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We are happy to add video footage to our recap of the performance of Silat Tuo and Silat Minang by Bapak Waleed at the YCDC show a few days ago.

Please enjoy the show:

Also, you may see previous footage of the Tari Piring or “Plate and Candle Dance” during the “Secrets of the Heart” extravaganza at the University of Michigan in 2005;

April 10th, New Haven CT

Annual YCDC Concert Featuring Bapak Waleed and the ISFA

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The Yale/Co-Op Community Dance Concert 2014 offered something wonderful and unique to all those who came for the show.  Thursday night, audience members at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School Annual YCDC Concert experience a unique transformation around the world… to Indonesia.

In the midst of a concert featuring ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, and Afro-Caribbean beats and dance movements, the call of the bamboo flute sounded out through the Co-Op auditorium, and the members of the ISFA entered the stage, plates in hand, with candles on top, showcasing some movements of Tari Piring, the traditional Candle and Plate Dance of the Minang people of West Sumatra, Indonesia.  With a transition in the music, and the plates left at the side, the movements quickly changed into the rhythmic stepping of Silat Tuo Minang, with Bapak Waleed adeptly improvising and demonstrating Silat ‘play’ with several of his students on stage.

The audience was mesmerized, trying to wrap their heads around what they were witnessing…  Many commented on the grace of the movements, as well as the beautiful gold-inlayed sarongs and headgear of the costumes.

Some audience reaction:

“Your performance was BAGUS SEKALI! :) I have been feeling a little homesick for Indonesia so your performance was just what I needed! You guys were really good :)”

“So graceful…”

“It was too short!”

 Many Thanks to the Hosts, Organizers, and Sponsors, and Congratulations to all the wonderful Performers!

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Silat Tuo Minang and Tasawwuf Workshop
Led by Sh. Bapak Waleed “Leonardo J. Stoute”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Yale University
Institute of Sacred Music
Great Hall
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

For the course “Ritual & Performance,” Religious Studies 300
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP.

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Leonardo J Stoute, also known as Sh. Bapak Waleed is an esoteric lecturer of the Sufi Healing Traditions.  He has developed holistic programs that integrate systems of physical discipline with mental and spiritual practices to develop self- awareness and assist in the illumination of the path toward self-realization and the understanding of the divine.  In this workshop Sh. Bapak Waleed will provide a background introduction on healing spiritual aspects of specific movements, such as those found in the movements of Silat Tuo Minang from West Sumatra, Indonesia.  Sh. Bapak Waleed will demonstrate the movements and students will have opportunity to participate.