"Guru Sheikh Shamsuddin helps the art of silat flourish. His pace precisely exhibits the legendary slogan ‘No Malay shall perish from this earth.’ Congratulations to Guru Shamsuiddin – he is definitely not an amateur, he is Tok Guru
-Azlan Ghanie, director and owner of Seni Beladiri
magazine, Malaysia, and founder/chief instructor of silat melayu keris lok-9
"I consider Shamsuddin one of the great pioneers of pentjak silat gayong in the United States. He has increased the popularity of the silat gayong practice and always upholds the grace, traditions, and honor of the art."
-Bapak Willem de Thouars, chief instructor of kuntao silat
, Denver, Colorado
About the Author
Sheikh Shamsuddin (his full Malaysian name is Sheikh Shamsuddin bin Tan Sri Dato Sheikh Muhammad Salim), also known as Sam, is a Malaysian native who first learned gayong
in Malayshia in early 1973. He is ranked pelangi hitam harimau cula sakti
(fifth degree black belt) in the Gayong Malaysia hierarchy and carries the title ketua khalifah
(chief of caliph). Shamsuiddin started teaching gayong
in Malaysia, and has taught the practice to many local high schools, colleges, and private training centers in Kuala Lumpur. He has also studied other martial arts such as the Korean martial art hapkido and the Japanese art aikido, and has worked in martial arts disciplines such as kosho ryu kempo and kuntao silat.