Master Instructor Stoute (Sh. Bapak Waleed) is a True Spiritual Warrior living in modern times and contemporary places. Having intended staying in seclusion, Bapak’s Teacher’s have ordered him to share the Wisdoms of Reality with all of humanity. More than a martial artist and self defense instructor, Bapak is also a ‘natural healer,’ dance choreographer, and esoteric lecturer (of the Sufi Traditions) who has manifested complete holistic programs integrating systems of physical discipline with mental and spiritual practices which institute self-improvement, develop self-awareness, and illuminate one’s Path towards Self-Realization, Truth and the Divine Presence.
Bapak is an internationally recognized Master in the martial arts of Silat Tuo, P.S. Satria Muda, and Seni Silat Haqq, authorized to spread the culture & traditions (adab/adab) of Silat Tuo (Old Silat) in association with its inherent connection to the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order (as permitted by Mawlana Grand-Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani.). Considered a world renowned expert on the healing and martial arts, Bapak is consistently sought out for his knowledge, experience and consultation [click for past workshops & performances].
Originally from Panama, Central America, Bapak received his MBA from the University of Maryland and now currently resides in the United States of America (Ann Arbor, MI). Performing and lecturing worldwide for the past 15 years, Bapak is a true ‘World Traveler.’ Having spent ‘real-time’ extensively training with the ‘Elders’ (Old Masters of the Path), touring as Head Instructor for the International Silat Federation, lecturing/performing as Founder/Head Choreographer of East West Creative Arts Studios, Bapak has visited Europe (England, Spain, Germany), Turkey, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Central & South America, Canada, the United States, and especially, ‘The Islands of Fire: Southeast Asia (Indonesia: West and North Sumatra, Jakarta, Bandung, Bukittinggi, Padang, Surabaya, West Jawa; Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Malaka, and Penang).
A True Master & Respected Teacher in the ‘Ways of Silat,’ Bapak is one of a handful of instructors recognized by Silat’s Motherland, Indonesia. In fact, as recently as the summer of 2004, Bapak received “The Key to the City” from the Mayor of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, the native origin of the martial art of Silat Tuo. Bapak has further received Official Recognition & Authorization from Grand-Master Guru Edward Lebe P.S.S.M.I, the Office of the Consulate General Indonesia (Padang/Jakarta/Chicago/New York) and the Ikatan Pencak Silat of Indonesia (Indonesian Pencak Silat Association) to teach Silat Tuo, Silat Satria Muda, Minangkabau Arts, Kembangen Dance, and the associated methods of Natural Healing as developed from the Sufi Traditions.
Bapak’s experience, teaching background, and extensive travels (studies/researching) is more than 40 years in various traditional dances, martial arts, esoteric philosophies and Sufi Traditions. Having actively pursued international cultures which roots are grounded & connected in Spiritual Practices, Natural Healing, Martial Arts, Self-Defense Training, Spiritual Dance (Whirling) and Sufi Music, Bapak emanates the Reality of the Spiritual Warrior and shares such Precious Jewels in the training curricula inherent in “Pencak Silat Satria Muda of Indonesia (USA),” “Seni Silat Haqq,” and “Silat Tuo (Minangkabau)”.
Having received the Light, Baraka, and Ijaza (permission/authority) from the ‘Old Silat & Sufi Masters,’ Bapak teaches Silat Tuo (Old Silat) in the ‘Traditional & Authentic’ manner. Respected worldwide for his teaching authenticity, Bapak openly shares the Wisdoms of the Spiritual Warrior to sincere seekers of the Way. Performing & conducting workshops worldwide, Bapak has called ‘Ann Arbor, Michigan’ home for the past ten years. In this time, Bapak has revealed himself to be readily accessible, consistently instructing several classes a week.
Martial arts classes, special private training sessions (individual/group), meditation classes (dhikr), and women’s self defense workshops are held year-round at the University of Michigan as well as throughout the United States of America. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to train with a True Living Master of the Arts.