Unknown to many, Sarawak is home to over 300 branches of silat - indigenous martial arts known for its close combat prowess. This tradition and heritage sets the stage for Sarawak to host one of the biggest silat competition in the world.

The Sarawak Premier International Silat Championship will see the inaugural event in Kuching, Sarawak between 27 February to 5 March 2023.

The championship was named “Premier” after the position of the Chief Minister of Sarawak whom is also the Patron of the Rumpun Silat Sarawak.

The event is slated to become an addition to Sarawak’s annual tourism calendar.

Sarawak to develop a local talent to become a world champion - adding to Malaysia’s illustrious reputation. Silat is poised to become and Olympic sport within the next decade.

Organised by :

Rumpun Silat Sarawak (RSS)

Supported by :

Sarawak State Government

Sanctioned by :

Malaysia Silat Federation


Rumpun Silat Sarawak (RSS) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that was established in 1987 . RSS aim has always been to introduce the association as a recognised body for every program or silat activity in Sarawak/

In addition to uplifting the art of Silat, the Malay martial arts, RSS also helps in carrying out community activities and associations that will elevate Malay tradition and culture in Sarawak.

Why was Kuching, Sarawak chosen as a venue?

The capital city, Kuching, is a bustling city on the Sarawak River. As the largest state among the others in Malaysia, there is no surprise to why organisers choose to hold Sarawak Premier International Silat Championship here. The land of hornbills is definitely the perfect place to hold such a prestigious competition. There is so much more to discover in Kuching, Sarawak and that include their history in Silat Melayu Asli Sarawak.

Carrying a different style of silat, Silat Melayu Asli Sarawak focuses more on the importance of buah pukulan. And this will be such a good opportunity to introduce yet another type of Silat to the whole world.


Sarawak, the largest Malaysian state situated in Borneo, stretches along the island’s northwest coast, including many beaches on the South China Sea. Sarawak is famous for its rugged, dense rainforest of the interior, and much of its protected parkland. There’s only one way for people from Peninsular Malaysia to come visit Sarawak, and that is to travel through aeroplanes.

Sarawak’s long tradition of open hospitality is what makes city or jungle travel so genuine. A traveller can find himself welcomed in a Kuching market where Chinese women offer free samples of their wares, and also at an Iban longhouse, where he may sit with the chief over a glass of the heady, home-brewed tuak, the ubiquitous rice wine of Sarawak.


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