12 December 2009

Dear members,

Latest update on training/ class schedule

PJ Studio:

We have started our new 6.45pm class from Monday to Friday ---you may now come earlier as you wish, train for two sessions if you like (Unlimited Entry).

BladeTech classes will commence from Mondays and Wednesdays 9pm onwards.

Thank you and best regards,

Kru/Guru Jak Othman

Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

11 November 2009

By Singha-siddh S.

Regardless of whether you train in a traditional school of martial arts or in an ultra modern urban gym, group or individual, your coach plays an important role in shaping the way you train.

Think of them as your best friend at gym while you’re working out. A good coach will always remind you about your weaknesses and areas where you should improve on. He or she is usually a patient person who will stand by with you throughout your time of learning from the basics to the fundamentals. A hopeless coach is one who will set his mind on his money and personal agenda above anything else.

A coach should be someone who is able to address your strength and weaknesses, be a kind of refuge while dealing with your fears and anxiety in achieving your goals. In other words, they should be someone you can look up to, not because of their position, but by the merit that they have earned. A coach is one who can be trustworthy and compassionate.

As a trainee, one should also develop patience with their coaches and the training they are going through. Expectations and preconceived ideas should be set aside while in class. A good coach may not necessarily be a good fighter. Likewise, a good fighter might not necessarily make an excellent coach.

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

03 November 2009

By Singha-siddh S.

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood martial art in Malaysia itself is the art of Tomoi, or also known to some as Siamese Boxing, or Thai Boxing. Some would associate it with Muay Thai while others have associated it to silat. With the influence of the Malay dominated culture an
d tradition, this southern form of fighting art includes its very own unique weaponry system which can only be found in local schools which incorporates techniques derived from the bladed weapons.

It is also inaccurate to say that Tomoi is a ‘Malay’ heritage as this art actually evolved as the result of wars between the southern provinces of Thailand and neighboring states, such as the Burmese and Khmer. A hybrid of techniques has been developed over the years to become one of the region’s most feared fighting arts which have given rise to some of the well known fighting systems such as Muay Chaiya in Thailand.

The modern day Malay language is relatively 'new' (about 1,000 years old) and only been officially codified or made into a common, unified system after the mid 19th century. Like in most other countries, different region has its own unique blend of dialect and accents. In the northern region of Malaysia, there exists a more localized dialect of the Thai language closely associated to the old Siamese influence.

Tomoi is an adapted word in the Malay language. A lot of words in Malay are derived from/ borrowed from other languages. Tomoi, in its true sense derived from the Thai language
ต่อยมวย (Dtoi Muay). 'Dtoi' (ต่อย) generally translates into a general term for 'boxing', fight, and sting or to engage in a fistfight. 'Muay' (มวย) on the other hand, is like how the Chinese describes 'Kung Fu'. It is also a very broad term and can involve a variety or art and style. Thus, the locals might have adopted the word 'Tomoi' as a descriptive term for any art that have a Thai origin (in particular, what might be most common and obvious today would be Muay Thai) owing to its close association with the southern Thais.

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Tuesday, November 03, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

30 October 2009

22nd Malaysian Film Festival

Date : 05 - 08 August 2009

Themed Filem Malaysia ke Persada Dunia (Malaysian Films for the International Arena), FFM22 is jointly organised by Finas (National Film Development Corporation), Malaysian Films Producers Association and Gabungan Karyawan Filem Malaysia and supported and endorsed by the Information Communication, Arts and Culture Ministry and the Sabah state government.


In the awards, Kru Jak Othman (FINAS & Technonius SDN BHD) and his team has won categories in:

BEST EDITOR, BEST ART AND CULTURE categories respectively and was nominated in 6 other categories, beating over 100 entries, two from National Geographic and four from Discovery Channel!

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

ENTERTAINMENT: Weapons of silat destruction



PETRINA JO FERNANDEZ learns how weapons form the core of silat, the Malay martial arts that is the subject of an award-winning documentary.

THE documentary Inside Silat — Weapons of Destruction, a documentary by silat gurus Jak Othman and Ed Chard, created quite a buzz in the local film industry.

One of the most talked-about entries at the recent 2009 Malaysian Documentary Awards Festival, the hour-long documentary captures the spirit of the martial arts world, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of amazing feats.

The first such festival, held last week in Kuala Lumpur, saw some 100 documentaries competing for 10 awards, including four major and five minor categories.

The major award winners took home RM5,000 in prize money and a trophy each, while the minor awards winners each received RM3,000 and a trophy.

Now the four winners of the major awards are in the running for the Best Documentary award at the upcoming 22nd Malaysian Film Festival to be held in Kota Kinabalu from today until Saturday.
Directed and produced by Jak, said to be a world authority on martial arts, Inside Silat was nominated for six of the nine categories and took home two awards — the Best Editing and Best Arts and Culture awards.

Silat practitioners undergoing training.
Silat practitioners undergoing training.

It was one of only two documentaries to secure more than one award at the festival; Bumi Peribumi bagged the Best Director and the Best Environment and Tourism Documentary awards.
Life and Times speaks with Jak about his recent wins and the producing of Inside Silat.

About Inside Silat
Choosing a storyline to demonstrate the inside world of silat was easy — we just looked at the history of the art and found our story.

In ancient times, when a senior student was ready, his teacher sent him away from the gelanggang to study other styles of silat.
This journey, known as the “path of the pendekar”, helped enhance the student’s understanding of the skills he had mastered.

I play the teacher Guru Jak Othman, and Guru Ed Chard, who helped me put together this documentary, plays my student. (Chard also hosts the programme).

In the story, Ed who has been a student of mine for 23 years, gets sent on the “path” across Malaysia.
It is a journey that involves weapons training, including using the keris, kerambit, sarong (yes, the sarong!) and tekpi, and a series of tests.

On the importance of the documentary
It takes a look at what silat is all about.

There are two perspectives of silat, a local one and a Western view.

Young Malaysian martial arts practitioners sometimes reject this fighting system, labelling it “rural”, “outdated” and “old school”. And yet these very characteristics are why the art is so revered by the West.

The documentary addressed the local and Western perspectives on silat. Chard (right) is seen here with Jak.
The documentary addressed the local and Western perspectives on silat. Chard (right) is seen here with Jak.

Westerners feel that the art’s kampung roots reflect how it evolved as a matter of life and death.

It’s not a competition; there are no medals or points to score. In a fight, it’s your life or his. And this is the philosophy that lies at the very heart of silat: it’s kill or be killed. That’s why weapons are the core focus of this documentary.
In making the documentary, I tried to address both the local and Western takes on silat.

It shows Malaysians that there is far more to the art than just a ceremonial display while educating an international audience on the art’s fighting styles.

On winning Best Editor and Best Arts and Culture awards
I am very honoured. I especially would like to thank Finas (Malaysian National Film Devlopment Corporation) for funding Inside Silat.

The documentary is ground-breaking from a martial arts stance. Never before has a documentary revealed so much about martial arts training and its many masters. I hope Inside Silat will become a huge hit with the public and generate a cult following in the martial arts world.

On his interest in film production
I’ve been interested in film ever since I can remember, but even as a child, it was never about being in front of the camera.
Sometimes I think it’s because my creativity is balanced by a more practical side, or the fact that I’m a perfectionist. Being behind the camera gives me more control on how the film turns out.

On the challenges faced by independent filmmakers in Malaysia
The hardest part is breaking into the industry, but the fact that talent and hard work, and not who you know, carries you through makes film a great industry to work in.
International recognition is always the greatest challenge, followed by tight budgets.

No matter how creative you are, limited funds for local filmmakers result in the local version looking cheaper than its international equivalent.

A good example is Human Weapon, the most popular martial arts documentary. The show has very little content but it’s still a great-looking product. That’s thanks to an arsenal of very expensive special effects and CGIs, plus a travel budget that took the crew across the whole of Asia.

On how film festivals open doors for independent producers
As I mentioned earlier, international recognition is a huge obstacle for local producers.

The condition for entering a documentary in the Malaysian Documentary Awards Festival was that it had to be a “Malaysian production”.

This definition allowed internationally-acclaimed executive producers and directors to qualify, which meant the competition was incredibly tough. There were entries from established channels such as National Geographic, Discovery channel and Astro.

Being able to rise to the occasion enabled me to show the quality of my work, so I hope this type of recognition will allow my filmmaking to break into more international markets.

On the late Yasmin Ahmad
I have always loved and enjoyed her work. She was bold and she addressed delicate and sensitive issues that needed to be talked about such as interracial relationships and religion.

On his current works
I’m involved in a number of projects concerning sports, food and martial arts. The one with the biggest potential, which I am most excited about, is a martial arts-meets-game show-project, but it’s still in the works. If I get it off the ground, it’s a real must-see TV show.

Ed Chard says
I first met and started training under Jak at Surrey University in England. Then 15 years ago, I emigrated to Sydney, Australia.
At this stage, Jak had returned to Malaysia. On the way to London to visit my family, I often stopped off in Kuala Lumpur to continue training with Jak.

Then, about two years ago, we started talking about making this documentary. The original plan was for me to fly out from Sydney on holiday for the shoot.

But at the same time Jak was getting close to securing funding from Finas, I was offered a job in KL!

So in October last year, I moved to KL. And six weeks later, I used my weekends to shoot Inside Silat.

Note: The winner of the Best Documentary award will be announced at the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah tomorrow.

(Taken from NST Online, 5th August 2009)


Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

13 August 2009

Hi folks,

Due to an ever increasing demand of today's modern applications and online networking, Kru Jak have decided to post an 'official' group on Facebook to compliment the existing website. This is after much discussion over the channeling of information and integrity of our organization.

Existing members of the Facebook group founded by Hana Kamaruddin are welcome to join, as this groups is also auxiliary to the newly formed group under Kru Jak's supervision.

As an instructor of this organization and the appointed web manager of www.jakickboxing.com, I would like to thank all members in advance for all your continuous support.

Follow the link http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111636058801&ref=mf to go to our Facebook group.

Thank you.
Best regards,

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

02 July 2009

Hi folks!

Our new photo album is finally up (still need more photos though). Courtesy of Google Picasa, it is providing an excellent service to our website.

You may view the latest photos now direct via our website, where you will find this window:

Or simply go to this link:

Thanks to all members who contributed photos for our website. Keep them coming!

Best regards,

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Thursday, July 02, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

08 April 2009

Dear all,

For all of you kickboxing and martial arts enthusiasts looking forward to participating in this camp, please be informed that the date is now postponed to 2nd & 3rd May 2009. Schedule remains unchanged.

Early booking is encouraged. Kindly contact your respective instructors or Kru Jak himself.

Thank you.

Best regards,

สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

24 March 2009

Hi members!

Welcome back after the long holidays. 2009 is the year of the Ox, a popular symbol for kick boxers. This year we are ready for another challenging year, kicking off with more certifications. 

The 1st will be on the phase 1 certification on Friday 3 April 2009. The phase 2 certification will be on the Friday 10th April 2009. The venues for both certification will be Subang Jaya from 7pm to 11 pm. The names of those selected for the certification will be up soon. All instructors take note you must be there too.

The Pangkor Island kickboxing & Martial Arts Camp will be held for 2 days from the 11th April 2009 - 12th April 2009.

Fee: RM100 for students, RM 120 for adults

This will include sharing accommodation ( clean bed , air-con, hot water and snoring partner), ferry, taxi and breakfast. You can bring a friend at the same price too. Book now for just Rm 50 ringgit ( non-refundable). Pay the whole amount latest by the 5th April 2009. Don’t miss it! Subang pay Han & Caryn. PJ pay to Ilmi & Dzianti.

Here are the details for the Pangkor camp.
7 am assemble at Subang studio
7.15am go via north south highway exit at Bidor head to Lumut11.30am arrival / quick lunch at lumut12 noon ferry & taxi ride, check-in at hotel (Nipah Mas)
Free for all (water sport or site seeing)
4pm martial arts on beach ( flexible weapons ( sarong, belt, rope or handbag) application for self defense)
8pm dinner on the beach
Free for all10.30 pm lights out or party all night
7am Breakfast on beach9am kickboxing for the streets12 noon - lunch on beach
Free for all
3 pm - check-out/taxi ride3.30pm - ferry to lumut7pm - arrive at Subang.

Members, please take note that outside gloves, tops , pants and equipments are not allowed in the studio. Please use & wear stuff bought from out studio. If you bought kickboxing stuff from outside, you can keep it at home. You are given 45 days after you join studio to get yourself studio attires. Please respect the studio rules.

All the best! And have fun.

Kru Jak

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

06 March 2009

Dear all,

Greetings and welcome to the official blog of WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM!


If you'd like to keep yourself up to date with the latest news on courses, seminars/camps and events with Jak Othman Kickboxing & Martial Arts studio via sms/email, please go to WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM and send us your contact via the multipurpose contact form found in the website.


Just logon to our site (WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM) and send in your NAME, MOBILE PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. For any inquiries, etc. kindly email to


Attention all members, students and fellow instructors, we are currently looking for quality photos to be uploaded to the site's gallery. If you think that you would like to contribute, kindly send in your photos to
jakickboxing@gmail.com (think of those unforgettable moments in your life... the events, the records, the things you've always wanted to show to the world. This is your chance!).

All current ant past instructors are also encouraged to send in your basic information (self described) such as full name, nicknames, profession, previous martial art experiences/qualifications, achievements etc. A photo is also required for our instructor profiling section which will be showcased in our website. Kindly disseminate this message to your students/ friends/ contacts.

If you are reading this message, kindly tag/pass it along in your notes/ blogs/ email.

Your support and participation is highly appreciated.

Thank you!


สิงหสิทธิ์ ศรียะพันธ์
Singha-siddh Sriyapant @ H.M. Khen
Web Manager,

Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM

04 March 2009

Site is currently undergoing major maintenance and reconstruction. Please come back for updates. Thank you!


Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 by WWW.JAKICKBOXING.COM