Maul is from Seria, a small town in Brunei Darussalam but is currently based in the United Kingdom. Maul has a popular YouTube channel that he started in Feb. 2006 and currently has 12,000+ subscribers and almost 4 million upload views (as of March 2014).
I started training in the silat at the late age of 12 years old under the guidance of my grandfather and great grandfather. They started when they were 6 years old. One other art that I commit to practicing is traditional japanese jujitsu. I started informally (without a curriculum) when I was in college at age 20 from a Malaysian who was working in Brunei.
I am a bit choosy when it comes to martial arts training; it has to have the right attitude, the right methods and the right mindset. I have met many martial artist in my travels around the world and I found ALL martial arts and systems are effective. What makes them less efficient is the practitioner itself. When coming to Europe to continue my studies, I found out not all traditional jujitsu styles are the same, regardless if visually they look identical.
While people are in the MMA and Tactical Combatives hype, I was not looking for a “reality-based martial arts” or “combative fighting”; just good training with good spirited people, I was more interested with the “traditional” martial arts that makes people engage with one another with respect and self developement. And like the silat that I was taught, traditional jujitsu had the same principles of “mutual benefit”.
I started to instruct publicly in an open seminar in May 2007. I never thought anyone would be interested to learn traditional silat. Back home in Brunei, the younger generations are more interested with taekwondo, karate, kung fu, Muay Thai – everything non local and anything that they see on TV and the movies.
At the moment, I plan everything 1 year ahead in advance, I try to take little steps to reach my goals and concentrate all my efforts to those little steps. For me reaching success is an ongoing process, a position which I am yet to reach, I have my own personal mile stone, that is to make my family proud of me and not disappoint them.
I constantly receive invitations for seminar in different parts of the world, but I try to make the right decisions, I don’t just accept the next invitation that comes my way, I have to evaluate the long term potential before accepting anything, which includes networking and positive growth in the propogation of SSBD and Bruneian martial heritage in general.
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