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!

Hunger Walks in May

Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger

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The CT Food Bank is holding its annual series of “Walks Against Hunger” throughout the state in May. Participants are invited to register, either as individuals or in teams, and to raise pledges for every mile walked.

Greater New Haven’s 39th Annual Walk Against Hunger will be held on Sunday May 17, 2015, starting at the College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park in New Haven.

Register Today!

6th Annual Greater Bridgeport
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Seaside Park, Bridgeport

10th Annual Greater Waterbury
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Library Park, Waterbury

39th Annual Greater New Haven
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 17, 2015
College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park, New Haven

3rd Annual Eastern Connecticut
Walk Against Hunger
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Chelsea Parade, Norwich
This event also benefits the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center

Tonight at Yale University, the belly-dance troupe will hold it’s annual “Hips Against Hunger” benefit to raise funds for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven. Details below and on Yale’s Calendar of Events.

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Event time:
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location:
Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Memorial Hall See map
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT

“Celebrating 12 years of Yale Belly Dance with rockin’ hips, spinning skirts, flying veils, twirling canes, we’ve got it all! Special guest performances by CT College Belly Dance, CT Kids and Teens Belly Dance, and more! Enjoy a spectacular show, and support a great cause. Tickets at the door, only $5! Doors open at 7:30 pm. Toddlers and infants free.”

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For anyone looking for more opportunities to serve our community, the Community Soup Kitchen located at Christ Church New Haven on Broadway maintains a listing of Soup Kitchens in the New Haven area along with their weekly schedules.

If you would like to join us in any of our ongoing volunteer activities, please feel free to contact us.

Follow the links below for additional contact information and volunteer opportunities at each location.

MONDAYS
Lunch — Community Soup Kitchen
Lunch — St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Dinner — DESK 311 Temple Street
Dinner — Varick AME

TUESDAYS
Breakfast — St. Martin Deporres
Lunch — Community Soup Kitchen
Lunch — St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Lunch — St. Luke’s (women and children only)
DESK 311 Temple Street
Dinner — DESK 311 Temple Street

WEDNESDAYS
Breakfast — St. Luke’s (women and children only)
Lunch — St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Saint Thomas More Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Dinner — DESK 311 Temple Street

THURSDAYS
Breakfast — Morning Star
Lunch — Community Soup Kitchen
Lunch — St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Lunch — St. Luke’s (women and children only)
Dinner — DESK 311 Temple Street

FRIDAYS
Breakfast — St. Paul’s
Lunch — Community Soup Kitchen
Lunch — St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Lunch — Church of Christ (2nd & 4th Fridays)
Dinner — DESK (323 Temple Street)

SATURDAYS
Breakfast — St. Matthews
Breakfast — Temple of Faith
Brunch — St. Mary’s UFB
Breakfast — CSK at 111 Whalley Ave
Breakfast — Branford Community Dining Room
Lunch — Star of Jacob
Dinner — DESK (323 Temple Street)

SUNDAYS
Lunch — Immanuel Baptist
Lunch — Branford Community Dining Room
Dinner — DESK 311 Temple Street

Balinese Gamelan & Dance at KJRI-NY

The NYC Indonesian Consulate’s Balinese gamelan group ‘PADMA KENCANA‘ is reviving the spirit of Balinese arts and music in New York City…

Following opening workshops on Saturday, March 28, in the afternoon, a series of classes will begin at the end of April, with registration open now and until April 21. The class starts on April 25, 2015, and will continue on Saturdays from 2-4 pm.

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Both the Workshops and the classes are led by Nyoman Saptanyana who began playing gamelan at the age of seven, performing with his neighborhood ensemble in the village of Ubud. Mr. Saptanyana has performed in international tours in Asia and Europe. He is currently a staff member at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City.

The Dances are led by Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati, who began dancing the challenging pelegongan repertoire at age seven under the renowned teacher Cok Istri Agung of Singapadu village. Her professional dancing career began with the Sadha Budaya group of Ubud in 1982. She became dance director of New-York based Gamelan Dharma Swara in 2001 – 2012.

Additional coverage of the Balinese Gamelan and Dance workshops from March 28 are available online at: Larut Dalam Alunan Gamelan dan Tari Bali di KJRI New York

Stay tuned for additional upcoming cultural events hosted by KJRI-NY!

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Indonesian Dance at BRAMS

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Introduction to Indonesian Dance at the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School

At the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School (BRAMS) in New Haven, CT, students in grades 5-8 receive a premiere arts education in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts. To expand their world-class curriculum, BRAMS recently invited the International Silat Federation of America and Indonesia to introduce the vibrant cultural arts of Indonesian to the BRAMS 8th grade class.

On Day 1, the multimedia presentation included not only a brief introduction to the geography and wide variety of cultures and people of Indonesia, but also a presentation ‘Dancing-Around Indonesia,’ with glimpses into the wide variety of dances found on different parts of the largest archipelago in the world. Cultures visited in the presentation included the Acehnese on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, the Dayak of Kalimantan, the Tana Toraja people of South Sulawesi, the Balinese culture, the Betawi people of Jakarta, and the Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra.

The students loved seeing the diverse array of colors, and the representations of cultural unity, daily food-gathering and festive motions, and birds and other wildlife, all within in the dance movements. They even tasted some ginger candies from the “Spice Islands”…

On Days 2 and 3 of the presentations, the students and their teachers participated in a workshop, learning some basic movements of Traditional Indonesian Dance from the Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The students stepped, practiced breathing exercises, basic hand movements, and incorporated the use of plates into their movements. The students especially enjoyed trying the unique movements of Tari Piring, balancing plates as they stepped across the stage, mimicking movements to celebrate the harvesting of rice.

The students excelled in the movements, and were very enthusiastic and grateful for the opportunity. The ISFA would like to extend special thanks to the BRAMS Administration and dance teachers both for their invitation and for their support and enthusiasm in ensuring a successful workshop.

With many thanks to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York for providing gifts for the students and additional cultural materials for display and distribution.

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