Bangkok: Fight Quest

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم

اللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْتَخِيْرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ، وَ أَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَ أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ العَظِيْم، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَ لاَ أَقْدِرُ، وَ تَعْلَمُ وَ لاَ أَعْلَمُ، وَ أَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هٰذَا لأمْر() خَيْرٌ لِيْ فِيْ دِيْنِي وَ مَعَاشِيْ وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِيْ (أَوْ قَالَ: عَاجِلِهِ وَ اٰجِلِهِ) فَقْدُرْهُ لِي وَ يَسِّرْ هُ لِيْ ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِيْ فِيْهِ، وَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَ الأَمْرَ شَرُّ لِي فِي دِيْنِي وَ مَعَاشِي وَعاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي (أَوْ قَالَ: عَاجِلِهِ وَ اٰجِلِهِ) فَصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَقْدُرْلِيَ الخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ


“Alahumma inniy astakhiruka biilmika wa astaqdiruka biqudrotika wa originated min fadhlika al-adhim. Fainnaka taqdiru wa laa aqdiru, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lamu, wa anta allamul ghuyub. Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hadza al-amro (say the problems or options you encounter) khoyru liy fi diyni wa maasiy wa aqibati amriy (or say: aajilihi wa aajilihi) faqdurhuliy wa yassirhuliy tsumma baarikliy fiyhi. Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadza al-amro syarru liy fi diyni wa maasiy wa aqibati amriy (or say: aajilihi wa aajilihi) fashrifhu anniy washrifni anhu. Waqdurliy al-khoyr haysu kaana tsumma ardhini bihi. ”

“O Allah, verily I ask for the right choice to You with Your knowledge. And I plead for strength to You (to overcome my problem) with Your omnipotence. I plead with you something of Your Greatest Grace. Indeed, you are all-powerful and I am powerless. You know I’m not knowing; and you know the Unseen. O God if you know that this affair (state the problem or choice you face) is better in my religion, my life, and its consequences to me-or the Prophet said ‘in the world or the hereafter’ -define (assign) to me, make it easy, then give blessings. But if you know that this matter is bringing evil to me in my religion, my life, and its consequences to me, – or the Prophet said ‘in the world or hereafter’ then remove the matter and keep me away from it. Provide (good) goodness for wherever goodness is then then give thy pleasure to me.[1]

We arrived at the address listed on the application map but instead of being happy it was the sadness that filled my heart. After repeatedly inquiring, the taxi drivers are reluctant to enter the area, and the absence of a reply message from the sasana that we are headed; now we have to face the fact that address and location do not match. The only amusement is the amazement of the locals in the bronx area that we run. Perhaps in their hearts they wondered, “how come a long-bearded traveler and a hijab woman wandering around in this area?” Disappointed, but on the other hand I realized that this might be God’s answer to the prayer I asked for (I asked to be chosen one of the two leading khru / master) to study Muay Boran or Siam’s Old Boxing. Different with Muay Thai that using eight weapons (two fists, two elbows, two knees, and two legs), wearing a boxing glove, and adapted to modern boxing rules; Muay Boran includes slap, dings, and locks. In addition Muay Boran uses a boxing glove from a rope wrapped around hand.

Along the way home, Mom kept cheering me up. He is not only responsible for introducing the Hajj and Umrah world to me but also the pleasure of martial arts. At the age of 3 years he invited me to the cinema to watch the movie Bloodsport, starring Van Damme. Our trip resembles Frank Dux in the film, along the sluggish and vulnerable and dominated streets. The difference is we did not meet an old man who said, “Okay USA.”

muay boran

The next day

Early in the morning I got an answer from the dojo that i contact earlier but my heart is not interested anymore. Why not, new answers come after six days; right when I have to check-out hotel and return to Indonesia. Finally we decided to take a walk to Mall Siam Paragon to wait for flight time. Returning from there we stopped a taxi. The door was opened and a huge, burly chauffeur greeted us. Wearing a blue hoody jacket, knee-length jeans, caps and sunglasses, and carrying a tablet; he looks more like a rapper than a taxi driver. Fortunately he was very friendly. On the way to the airport we chat about things; from how long in Bangkok to the impression of Thailand. In the middle of the chat I also slipped a regret about the failure to learn Muay Boran. Mos, the driver’s name looked seriously at me then said, “I am a boxer!”

“Really?” Somehow I was immediately overwhelmed with happiness. The theme of the conversation was changed to Muay Boran.

“In Muay Boran there are southern, northern, eastern, and western styles. Everything is different.” Mos explained.

“Which one you belong to?”

“South.” He replied. “Why do you want to learn Muay Boran?”

“Because watching the Samurai Ayothaya movie.” I replied. Mos was confused, though staring through the black glasses but his mouth revealed a sense of wonder. I immediately corrected, “I mean, the martial arts I studied are similar to Muay Boran; it’s just that we use more slap than boxing.”

“Oh.” Mos grunted.

“In addition we use more elbow to fend off while you many use it to attack. That’s what I want to learn. ”

“Elbow.” Mos nodded again.

The taxi stopped because of the red light. Mos immediately took advantage of that moment to teach me some moves. He nudged around at high speed but neither his body, legs nor elbows hit the glass, steering wheel, or dashboard. Apparently he is indeed an experienced fighter. “Our family has been in Muay Boran for 30 years. My father was a fighter and my grandfather was a fighter. We have trained fighter from Japan, America, Phililpina, and Malaysia. But Indonesia has not. “Mos said proudly.

“Then I will be a student from Indonesia, In sha ‘Allah.” Later when I return to Bangkok I will train in his place. Perhaps this is the path God chose for me. What Allah chose for us after the sunnah istiqoroh prayer (two rak’ah) is the best choice and will not be regretted.


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[1] Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari no. 1162, 6382, and 7390

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