About Sirat as-Sayf (The Way of the Sword) Muslim Martial Art System
Sirat as-Sayf (The Way of the Sword) is a Muslim Martial Art System. It has been offering
instructions and training in martial arts since 2006. Mu'allim Najee Hassan founded Sirat as-
Sayf (The way of the Sword) over twenty years ago after studying martial arts for over forty
years, and after many personal encounters which allowed him to deduct from lessons he
learned from his past teachers of the Filipino,Indonesian, Malaysian and Chinese Martial
Arts, and others, on what truly works and what is purely commercial and time wasted, into a
system for the sole purpose of allowing Muslims, like himself, who follow the Qur'aan (The
Muslim's Holy Book) and Sunnah (The sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad [peace be
upon him]), an avenue to practice martial arts in an Islamic environment.
When other martial art schools require the practitioners to bow to the “masters”, Mu'allim
Najee Hassan opens up with a salutation of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of
ALLAH(SWT) be upon him, ’As Salaamu alaikum’ (which means "May ALLAH(SWT)'s
peace be upon you").Sirat as- Sayf is a system based on the concepts of various Filipino,
Indonesian, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese martial arts primarily focusing on blade
encounters and close-quarter combat techniques. Even though Sirat as Sayf delves into
midrange and long range fighting styles, most blade encounters take place in a close-quarter
setting, so we naturally gravitate towards an inside fight.
As Muslims, we always seek peace first. We strive to create a win-win situation before
anything else. Our motto is: "The best form of self defense is not to offend." We prefer to
disarm our opponents verbally before we disarm them physically. But unfortunately, when
peace is not an option in the solution, we must do everything within our powers to defend
our lives, and the lives of our family. In this system we teach you step by step how to
preserve and defend yourself in accordance to the way of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah of our
beloved prophet (Peace be upon him).
If you are looking for a way to stay fit and learn life-saving skills designed for real life
situations, look no further. At Sirat as-Sayf, you will be taught the most practical, efficient,
highly sophisticated skills which will expand your outlook on life and social interaction.
You will also become familiar with an Islamic way of life, in accordance to the Holy Qur'aan
and the way of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of ALLAH
(SWT) be upon him) in terms of culture, history, tradition, manner, example, and human
behavior. In our facility your training will take place in a safe, structured, positive and
spiritual environment that is supported by highly experienced instructors who are dedicated
in guiding your every step.
At one of the facilities, the SWAM Academy of Modern Martial Arts, a synthesis of SWAM
Martial Arts and the Muslim Martial Arts is being taught by Mu'allim Najee Hassan, This
synthesis consists of Sirat as Sayf Kali-Dumog-Kuntao-Sikaran-Panantukan and Silat
concepts as the nucleus of the curriculum. Some of the training methods and techniques
incorporated and utilized in the training process include: Moro Kali, Ghetto Ryu Jiu Jitsu,
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Kung-fu styles, Thai/Kick Boxing, Grappling, Kali, Blade
Fighting, Dumog (Ground Fighting), Escrima (Stick Fighting), Panantukan / Sikaran
(Filipino Kick Boxing), Silat (Indonesian-Malaysian Martial Art), Pressure Point
Techniques, Urban Street Fighting, Sensitivity Drills and Critical Thinking.
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