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!

We’ve had a fun- and education-filled year in 2014, with events around the New Haven area, in the MidWest, and in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.  We’d like to offer a look back:


2014 Highlights in Pictures

The photo montage contains images from various events from 2014, including special workshops and sessions led by Bapak Waleed and his senior students, and performances both led by Bapak Waleed and featuring his students showcasing movements of Silat Tuo Minang and Indonesian Dance such as Tari Piring:

Class at IPMI led by Bapak Waleed
Self Defense Workshop at Yale
A Different Drum Dance Performance
Co-Op CAS Spring Dance Concert
“Ritual & Performance” Seminar at the ISM
Indonesian Dance with the YaleDancers
Educational Outreach at Gan Yeladim

A look forward: stay tuned to this webpage, and keep in touch for additional workshops, weekly classes, educational outreach events, and performances in 2015…

Our Sincere Thanks are in order to all the institutions and individuals who offered their support and collaboration throughout this year.

With Best Wishes for Health, Happiness, and Success in 2015 and Beyond, from Bapak Waleed and Everyone at the ISFA/I!

Holiday Giving Season is Here!

turkey_iconAll around campus and throughout town, various organizations, departments, and student groups are holding food, toy, and clothing drives to benefit needy communities in and around New Haven.

Here is a listing of several currently ongoing opportunities:

If you are interested in serving with us at the local Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, please let us know.  Or feel free to browse this listing of other food pantries in the area.  The local private prepatory Hopkins School also maintains a listing of Community Service opportunities.


November 8, 2014

Yale University | New Haven CT

The dancers from A Different Drum, a premiere student dance company from Yale University, perform their “Indonesian Inspiration: Tari Piring” as part of their fall show in November 2014.

They included an acknowledgement in the program:

Thanks to Bapak Waleed and the International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America for introducing the vibrant culture of the Minangkabau people from West Sumatra!

Please enjoy the following photo gallery from the show, and check our site again soon for updated videos.

Terima Kasih!

Tari Piring in New Haven

In the midst of a performance of ballet, jazz, and modern, brightly lit candles danced on plates across the floor…

Last weekend, Yale undergraduate student members of “A Different Drum” (ADD) performed their annual fall showcase. ADD presented three shows in the auditorium of the ECA (Educational Center for the Arts) located in New Haven’s Audubon Arts District. The colorful event included a range of disciplines and techniques in dance, including ballet, jazz, and modern. In addition, one piece featured cultural dance, and in particular, the celebrated Tari Piring “Plate Dance” of the Minangkabau Culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia, often performed during cultural ceremonies and festivals…

Dress Rehearsal Images courtesy of Duc NT Nguyen.  Please see our previous post for video footage.


ADD posterA Different Drum, one of Yale’s premiere dance groups, will hold their semi-annual production this weekend. The talented group will perform a variety of pieces, including one inspired by Tari Piring of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia! There are three opportunities to see the show:

Friday 7pm
Saturday 5pm
Saturday 8pm

All shows are being held at the Auditorium of the ECA (Educational Center for the Arts) located at 55 Audubon Street in New Haven, at the corner of Audubon and Orange streets. The Auditorium entrance is on the Orange street side of the building. Street parking is available, and there is a municipal garage located near Whitney and Audubon on the other end of the block.

Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for adults, and can be reserved online in advance. See you at the show!