Sufi Martial Arts
Khalid Habib Khan is a Sifat Kilat instructor in Southern California. Sifat Kilat (Sifat is nature, and Kilat means noor—light—in Malay) is where self-realization, meditation, and self-defense meet. In this martial arts technique you learn to deal with attackers in a close combat situation. Khalid Khan (Khalid H. Khan) told me he left California’s Silicon Valley in the 90s to learn martial arts in South East Asia. Khan landed in Southern Philippines where he learned Serrada. Later, he spent several years in Indonesia and Malaysia learning martial art techniques passed on by the Sufis.
An hour worth of exercises—mainly tapi-tapi (with and without knife)—Khalid Khan taught me, gave me confidence in my capabilities to defend myself in a street fight scenario.