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!



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.”

Gamelan Dharma Swara Summer Institute

DS Poster smThis year, the Gamelan Dharma Swara announces an exciting summer opportunity for those interested in learning the Music and Dance of Bali. The institute will run from July 27 to August 2, and will be hosted at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. “A week-long intensive program offering musicians and dancers the opportunity to advance technical skill and understanding of the Balinese performing arts” Anyone interested should contact Bethany Collier for more information.


This weekend, all eyes are on the Yale University Old Campus for festivities including Class Day on Sunday afternoon, an array of Baccalaureate exercises, and the culminating event of Commencement itself on Monday morning, when all of Yale’s 3,421 graduating college seniors, graduate and professional students, along with their families and friends, converge on this historic venue.  While the morning is a comprehensive celebration of all graduates in one location, Monday afternoon includes a wide variety of ceremonies and receptions at each respective undergraduate college, graduate department, and professional school all across campus.

For more information, please visit Yale’s informative Commencement website, which includes a full calendar of events.

Congratulations to all Graduates!  With best wishes for a prosperous future!

Snapshot: Approximate Number of Yale University Graduates by Degree

Bachelors Degrees: 1200
Doctoral Degrees: 700
Graduate & Professional Schools Masters Degrees: 1500

…including from
Law School: 170
School of Management: 250
School of Medicine: 100

Based on the Yale Factsheet compiled by the Office of Institutional Research, roughly 20% of its annual graduates are international students.

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The CT Food Bank is hosting its annual series of “Walks Against Hunger,” with the Greater New Haven Walk this Sunday May 4, at 1pm. Bapak Waleed and members of ISF New Haven will participate in the Walk; Click Here to pledge your support!  Your donation will go directly to the CT Food Bank, which feeds hungry children, families, seniors and individuals in Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex and Windham Counties.  The online form requires a credit card; if you prefer to send a check to the Food Bank, simply email us your mailing address and pledge amount so we may input it on your behalf.

A $5 contribution can provide more than 17 meals to those in need!

2014 Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger

Sunday, May 4
College Woods Pavilion, East Rock Park
New Haven

All are welcome to join us on the walk; if you would like to come, just let us know!


2014-04-26 12.20.06crpOn Saturday morning, Bapak Waleed led workshop participants in a Self Defense workshop based on the movements of Silat Tuo Minang, from West Sumatra, Indonesia.  He led participants in stepping, pattern movements, and hand movements to cover some of the basics of Silat Tuo Minang.  Regardless of having prior experience with the movements or not, all of the participants were able to gain from the experience, and Bapak Waleed broke down some of the individual movements to show their applicability in self defense scenarios.  Classes with Bapak Waleed will continue on Monday April 28.  No experience is necessary; all are welcome.  Please RSVP by email.

See below for a gallery of images from the workshop…