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
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.
Went to meet Dr. Shoaib Zaidi
at the NED City Campus and ended up sitting in a lecture by Naiza H. Khan given
under ‘Rethinking the Urban in Pakistan’ workshop.
The two-day workshop arranged at the
City Campus of the NED University was organized by the American Institute of
Pakistan Studies, NED’s Department of Architecture, UT Austin’s South Asia
Institute, and the Habib University.