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!

Acehnese Dancers Tour the Northeast

In early 2015, a group of 9 dancers from Aceh, Indonesia, from the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, are visiting the United States and touring throughout the Northeast.  Their tour is taking the ladies around various locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, to both perform and lead seminars and workshops.  Sponsored in part by the Asia Society, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Doris Duke Foundation, and arts centers at Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, and the College of the Holy Cross, the “Celebrate Aceh!” Dance Tour will bring the vibrancy of Indonesian culture to life for many who have never experienced anything like it before.  As advertised in the Hartford Courant, “the show mixes folk dances, sacred music, percussion, elaborate costumes and complex choreography…”

The tour includes events at —

The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA: Sunday February 23, 3pm.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT: Friday February 27, 8pm, with pre-show talk at 7:15.

Asia Society, New York, NY: Saturday February 28, 8pm.

Special Event: Dance Workshop at the Asia Society, New York, NY: Sunday March 1, 11am.

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA: Thursday March 5, 7:30pm.

Details and ticketing information for each event can be found by clicking the links above.  The Wesleyan University performance has already sold out a pre-show dinner event “Dine/Dance/Discover”… Get your tickets today!




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IPSI Padang Celebrates!

Image: from the Sumbar (Sumatera Barat) online portal.

In Padang, West Sumatra, capital of the homeland of traditional Silat Tuo Minangkabau, the elders celebrate the traditional origins and roots of the pusako of Silat Tuo Minang.  On February 19, 2015 IPSI-Padang held its most recent festival IPSI-Padang..

“…To preserve the culture of Silat Tuo as the heritage of our ancestors…”


Similar celebrations have been held in recent years, with the Chairman Dr Fauzi Bahar presiding, as in the Festival in November 2013….



The Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, CT is an interdistrict Magnet School providing a world-class arts education to students in grades 5-8. Students at Betsy Ross explore their artistic talents and aspirations in the performing and creative arts including modern, jazz, ballet, and lyrical dance; instrumental and vocal music; theater; and the visual arts: drawing, painting, and photography.

From the Mission Statement

“Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School is an Interdistrict Middle School with an emphasis on the arts. It is designed to meet the needs of a population diverse in culture, academic skills and learning styles. It is an environment where every child can begin to realize and appreciate his or her individual development. Children are taught to see, think and learn in ways they have never been exposed to previously.”

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.