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!

Peabody2 now open!

0816161805b 0816161824 0816161820dThe corner of York and Elm streets, near the heart of the Yale University campus, is now home to a satellite gallery of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The museum, whose main building can display only a few percent of its 13 million specimens and objects at any given time, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding by opening additional exhibits at Peabody2. The focus of the Peabody2 exhibits: “Identity, Difference, and Understanding: Lessons from Oceania and Southeast Asia“.  The gallery opening on August 16 included an introduction from Michael Dove,Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Anthropology in the Peabody Museum.

The gallery is open daily, Monday-Saturday from 10am-9pm, and Sundays from 12-6pm.

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Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia!

independence-dayAugust 17 marks the commemoration of Indonesian Independence from Dutch rule, in 1945. Indonesian citizens are celebrating all around the 17,000+ islands of the world’s largest archipelago, and around the world.

Click for some colorful pictures of parades, games, performances, and celebrations, including pole-climbing and pillow-fighting, from throughout the country, with people of all ages and from all cultures within Indonesia.

Here in the Northeast US, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York will celebrate with its Second Annual Indonesian Street Fair, on East 68th street in Manhattan, adjacent to Central Park, during the day on Saturday, August 27.

Congratulations from US Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of President Obama.

To mark Independence Day in Indonesia, the UK Telegraph has suggested 15 reasons to visit this beautiful country.

Saung Budaya Celebrates 10 Years

0_0_0_0_537_761_csupload_68743672Founded by Amalia Suryani in 2005, the Saung Budaya dance group based in New York City performs traditional dances and music from a variety of indigenous Indonesian cultures, from Aceh and West Sumatra, to Jakarta, Bali, and Kalimantan.  This fall, Saung Budaya celebrates 10 years of cultural performances with a special performance “GONG: Spirits of the Archipelago” at the Riverside Theater in New York September 9 and 10.


2016 marks the 10 year Anniversary of 
Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance Group!
Join us on September 9, 2016 and September 10, 2016 at 7pm
GONG: Spirits of the Archipelago
91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027
(Take 1 train to 116th street Columbia University)


Today is International Tiger Day!

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July 29 is International Tiger Day!

From Business Insider: “Today is International Tiger Day, a day to celebrate these majestic, endangered wild cats that are renowned for their beautiful coats and black stripes.

These elusive, solitary Asian creatures have long inspired awe. They are the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea. Every year, travelers flock to such places as Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh National Parks in India  just for a chance of spotting one of these creatures in their natural habitat. And yet, tigers are highly endangered and are listed on the IUCN red list…”

Have you hugged a (stuffed) tiger today?

Following the great success of last year’s event, KJRI-NY will host the 2nd annual Indonesian Street Fair in New York City, planned for Saturday, August 27, in celebration of Indonesian Independence Day on August 17.  This year’s theme: Bali & Beyond!  Stay tuned for more information, or visit the KJRI-NY Event Page on facebookthe event listing on evensi… or the main event page itself.