Mike Williams with Fatema Albastaki
Mike Williams is a lifelong Silat martial artist, teacher and performer. He is experienced with Pencak Silat since 1992 and has travelled many times to Malaysia, Sumatra and Java in Indonesia. He developed his expertise in at least 6 styles of Silat from at least 5 distinct lineages, these styles are called Panglipur, Cimande, Sera, Silek Harimau as well as partial training of Harimau Berantai and Cikalong. He is the founder of West Kent Silat Pedepokan in the United Kingdom, to which he occasionally organises seminar visits with his teachers: Jak Othman, Maha Guru De Bordes, Abah Gending Raspuzi, Kang Cecep Rahman and Abah Azis.
Fatema Albastaki holds an International Master's degree in Choreomundus: Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage from the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA), Clermont-Ferrand, France; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway; University of Szeged (SZTE), Hungary; University of Roehampton, London (UR), United Kingdom.
She is an independent scholar training in Silat and dance in Paris. She is involved in micro-phenomenological interview training and is a member of the Martial Arts Studies Network. Her current research involves cultural history, anthropology, and the performing arts, focusing on Silat as practiced both in Europe and the global South.
Song: Kidung; Rhythm: Padungdung Kendor. By Kendang Penca from West Java Indonesia.
Performed by: Gending Raspuzi.
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