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Kak Abdul-Malik has been practicing Al-Azhar Pencak Silat for over 19 years since he was 15 years old. He is the founder of the Al-Azhar Pencak Silat Virginia branch in 1999 and has taught over 100 students. Kak Abdul-Malik has studied in Silat Indonesia with great masters such as Pak Rifai (Cimande) and Pak Ismail (Takap Suci and Al-Azhar). Kak Abdul-Malik has competed in internationally in martial arts competitions and has won first place in many tournaments. In 2008 he won world champion in sparring in center ring at Battle of Baltimore, and won second place the following year. He has won first place in weapons and forms subsequently at Word Cup Open tournaments and the ERKC tournaments. He has also competed in his late 30â€™s in several MMA (Mix Martial Arts) fights winning consecutively in the first rounds. Was the first American to compete in the World Pencak Silat tournament in Indonesia and then the following year in Thailand in both Tanding (sparring) and Seni (artistic). In 2014, Kak Abdul-Malik and his instructor Kak Wona were the first Americans to complete and pass the Wasit (Judge/Jury) course to be able to referee Pencak Silat tournaments. He was officiated both as a judge and jury at the 2014 World Pencak Silat tournament in Phuket, Thailand.
He has continued his study of several different styles of Silat including Silat Suffian from Guru Maul Mornie, Harimau Singgalang (Buaya & Harimau) from Kak Wona Sumantri (his instructor in Al-Azhar Silat also) and studied with Cecep A. Rahman from Silat Panglipur. He has also studied Muay Thai under Matt Nielsen and visited the birthplace of the art (Thailand). In the late 90â€™s he studied Taekwondo and was given a black belt by the coach of the Egyptian team at the American University of Cairo (he competed in the black belt tournament in Cairo, Egypt, defeating the local Taekwondo champion). Recently, he has received a green belt in Judo and has studied Brazilian Jujitsu for over 5 years, winning third place at the prestigious NAGA Grappling tournament. His daughter, Sakina, is one of the top students in the school, and has also won numerous trophies and awards for her martial arts skill.