Singapore Silat Federation was first set-up in 1976, and SSF started to organize its first National Pencak Silat Championship in 1977. The objectives of organizing the championship is to create opportunities for Silat exponents to compete competitively, talent identification of newcomers into national elite training squad, selecting best athletes to represent Singapore, and most importantly to build camaraderie with all Silat enthusiasts from clubs.
Since it first started as a series of friendly matches between the Silat clubs of the various local tertiary institutions, the hosting of Tertiary Silat Championship (TSC) has been rotated among the Universities and Polytechnics.
The hosting of the Championship has given invaluable experience and exposure for the organizers. They acquired experience in organizing a large event and deeper understanding and appreciation for Silat competitions.
Through the TSC, we aim to inculcate camaraderie, friendship and sportsmanship amongst the participating institutions. This competition is a platform for Silat enthusiasts in the local institutions to showcase their skills and knowledge in a safe yet competitive environment. We also hope that this event will promote greater interest in Silat and its various aspects not only to the Malay community but to all races as well.
A sub-committee council was set-up to look into hosting events by local tertiary institution or any other matters relating to Pencak Silat and Tertiary Institutions; it is the Tertiary Silat Council.
Silat Heritage is a program under Singapore Silat Federation to showcase an exhibition of educational information and illustrations of an array of Malay Customs, Traditions and Cultural Heritage regards to Pencak Silat; and showcasing the work and unique identities of its traditional cultural beares.
Furthermore its to illustrate Malay Culture and Heritage to its audience in a fun and exciting approach whilst effecting a call-to-action whilst preserving the authenticity and integrity of its propagation. It also to showcase Pencak Silat culture as a dynamic and diverse social phenomenon; and create cultural awareness, respect and inclusiveness towards these diversity by active exchange, innovation and creative concepts that stays relevant to current times.
Workshops like tanjak making, malay percussion, malay weapon and malay costume has been organised under Singapore Silat Federation for this programme with collaborations from Chase initiative and supported by PENILAM and Akademi Seni Warisan Tradisional Melayu.