Learning more about 'protectors' of sultans

A two-year-long project, led by historian Mohamed Effendy Abdul Hamid (above), seeks to uncover the stories and ancient techniques of Bugis warriors (left) - depicted here by Mr Faisal Nordin (standing) and his student Solihin Hamidon - whose role wa
A two-year-long project, led by historian Mohamed Effendy Abdul Hamid, seeks to uncover the stories and ancient techniques of Bugis warriors (above) - depicted here by Mr Faisal Nordin (standing) and his student Solihin Hamidon - whose role was to serve, advise and protect the Malay rulers.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
A two-year-long project, led by historian Mohamed Effendy Abdul Hamid (above), seeks to uncover the stories and ancient techniques of Bugis warriors (left) - depicted here by Mr Faisal Nordin (standing) and his student Solihin Hamidon - whose role wa
A two-year-long project, led by historian Mohamed Effendy Abdul Hamid (above), seeks to uncover the stories and ancient techniques of Bugis warriors - depicted here by Mr Faisal Nordin and his student Solihin Hamidon - whose role was to serve, advise and protect the Malay rulers.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

While other children played on the beach and splashed about in the sea by their kampung in Pasir Panjang, four-year-old Faisal Nordin was learning how to "kill and incapacitate" people with his bare hands.

Over the next seven years, under the tutelage of his grandfather, he learnt how to use a slew of weapons such as knives (badik and keris), swords (alamang), spears (tombak) and axes for self-defence purposes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2019, with the headline 'Learning more about 'protectors' of sultans'. Print Edition | Subscribe