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.

Please provide us with feedback on the site anytime.
Thank you! Terima Kasih!

ACES Educational Center for the Arts


Situated in the heart of New Haven’s Audubon Arts district, the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) provides a unique opportunity for high school students from around the New Haven region and state to pursue their budding artistic interests and talents while still in high school. ECA students come from “sending schools” spread throughout 30 different school districts around the state. While their mornings are spent at their sending schools, ECA’s nearly 300 students spend afternoons 4 days a week at the facilities on Audubon Street, where they dive deeply into music, visual arts, theater, dance, and creative writing.  ECA is one of the schools in the ACES network, the Area Cooperative Educational Services serving south central Connecticut.

Upcoming: Yale Student Dance Groups


Yale hosts many student dance groups on campus, from those focusing on cultural dance, to those focusing on modern dance, and everything in between.  All constantly work to improve and broaden their repertoire of dance movements, and showcase their talents at the end of each term through performances open to the public.  This fall, two groups in particular are broadening their repertoires in the realm of Traditional Indonesian Dance:

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 4.01.41 PM




YaleDancers: Workshops with Bapak Waleed; Wednesday October 1 and Wednesday October 8 at the Payne Whitney Gym, 8-9:30pm.








A Different Drum: Monday evening rehersals at the Silliman Dance Studio, 8-9pm.

For more information, please contact us.

Upcoming: After School at the Co-Op

This fall, Bapak Waleed will lead classes for the Co-Operative Arts & Humanities High School’s After School Program (CAS). Each term, CAS offers dozens of after school programs for its students, ranging from College prep and Debate to Chess, Photography, Film, Theater and Dance.  This year’s offerings through CAS include introductory Indonesian Dance, through which the students will be transported to the other side of the world and the island of West Sumatra home of the Minangkabau people…

[Photo Captions Within the Poster: ISF at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 2013]








Photo May 22, 9 11 36 AMThe International Silat Federation was invited to conduct a presentation for a kindergarten class at Gan Yeladim in Toledo, Ohio. The students were given an interactive presentation introducing them to the country of Indonesia, its location, and other significant country facts. Students were amazed at the size and beauty of the images they saw. Later in the presentation, the cultural importance of the history of Silat Tuo Minankabau was introduced to the class. All of the students were very excited and eager to learn about this new mystical place. In America, students of this age have heard of countries such as China and India, but many other countries remain unknown. Following the PowerPoint presentation students participated in a traditional Silat Tuo class. Their instructions were to “see and do.” Students would need to use their own awareness as they moved along with the instructor. The entire class including the teachers were enthralled by the beauty and underlying principles of the art. The entire class participated in several more exercises before returning to their desks. The instructor handed out some coloring sheets along with a fun quiz for the students to complete to help them retain what they learned. The teachers were extremely thankful and impressed by the presentation.

Image gallery:

Photo May 22, 8 53 28 AM Photo May 22, 8 53 13 AM Photo May 22, 8 51 35 AM Photo May 22, 8 56 05 AM Photo May 22, 8 58 27 AM Photo May 22, 8 58 33 AM Photo May 22, 9 11 25 AM Photo May 22, 9 06 53 AM Photo May 22, 9 00 34 AM Photo May 22, 9 11 36 AM Photo May 22, 9 12 05 AM Photo May 22, 9 12 39 AM Photo May 22, 9 15 27 AM Photo May 22, 9 13 05 AM Photo May 22, 9 12 55 AM Photo May 22, 9 21 57 AM Photo May 22, 9 22 03 AM Photo May 22, 9 22 10 AM Photo May 22, 9 22 44 AM (HDR) Photo May 22, 9 22 23 AM (HDR) Photo May 22, 9 22 18 AM Photo May 22, 9 22 55 AM Photo May 22, 9 23 14 AM Photo May 22, 9 38 51 AM





IDN USA announces a National Convention to be held in the United States, August 1-3, 204, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The event will include Plenary Lectures on a variety of topics, a Gala dinner, and a variety of traditional and modern Indonesian cultural festivities and entertainment events.  Please visit the convention website for more details and to register.

“Indonesian Diaspora National Convention is intended to foster networking among Indonesian diaspora and between Indonesian diaspora and its American counterparts. This will be achieved in this event though a summit meeting between IDN USA and local chapters, functional meetings between IDN and the existing community associations, information exchange/lectures/discussions in both plenary sessions and break-out sessions covering various essential topics affecting daily life of Indonesian diaspora.”