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Silat developed in the jungles of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (and surrounding countries). Silat fighters train not only empty hand but also with and against weapons. For more information on Silat classes in DC area, go to www.silatma.com or http

What is Body Mechanics? — Read more here — Body mechanics is the utilization of correct muscles to complete a task safely and efficiently, without undue strain on any muscle or joint. “Silat Body Mechanics” could be defined as easy body movements in executing any defense or offense with no occurence of any possible musculoskeletal injuries. In Pencak Silat, by knowing both the concepts and body mechanics, one could expand his/her techniques exponentially. So, other then silat concepts, understanding the correct body mechanics for pushing, pulling, lifting and pivoting is quite important in silat. Furthermore, by doing so, we can keep our body in good physical condition and reduce the chance of injury. By using proper silat body mechanics, we can avoid excessive fatigue, muscle tears and skeletal injuries. In addition, in this sharing session, we also demonstrate PSPS Gerak 41′s ‘Sembah Salam Perguruan’. Enjoy! :) For more info on Pencak Silat Gerak 41, feel free to visit our website: www.silatg41.com

Human Weapon was a weekly television show on The History Channel that premiered on July 20, 2007. The hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, travel across the world studying the unique martial arts, or styles of fighting, that have origins in the region. Each episode usually consists of a brief introduction regarding the featured martial art, including footage of established fighters sparring. The hosts will then travel to various locations, learning several strikes, blocks, or other techniques valuable to the particular art from various instructors and/or masters. Along the way, they learn about the origins and cultural history of each fighting style. To help the viewer understand the moves the hosts learn, each technique is visually broken down with a motion capture element. After practicing featured aspects of the art, the hosts typically assess the various skills and their effectiveness. At the end of each episode one of the hosts must fight a representative of the episode’s fighting style. The show is similar to a later program called “Fight Quest”. In August 2008, the History Channel cancelled the show :(

Silat developed in the jungles of Indonesia (and surrounding countries) with different terrains for the sole purpose of self-defense/combat – so your moves have to be efficient and dynamic. Silat training prepares you for many different combative situations; one attacker, multiple attackers, armed attackers, fighting in different surfaces, learning how to adjust yourself to different kinds of fighters, and so forth. If you want to learn martial arts, learn one system (whatever you choose), and learn it well until you are efficient and effective in it before branching out into other styles. Abdul-Malik Ahmad, the fighter in this video, has trained in Silat for over 20 years. It can take many years, but it pays off. Because no matter what system you train in, it comes down to the skill of the fighter and tonight it was Pencak Silat. For more information on Silat classes in DC area, check out www.silatma.com or http

After helping my bro move house, he gave me a box with DV tapes of me doing seminars few years back when I was still teaching in Hendon. I thought it’d be nice to put up, a bit of nostalgia :) In this clip it shows Harks (for those of you that know him) demonstrating some free flow Silat and all I can say is WOW! This guys Silat is just amazing! Hope you guys enjoy the clip and i will try and upload more :)

www.silatsuffian.net click on the link for more information and details of future seminars. Maul Mornie is from the nation of Brunei, located on Malaysias island of Borneo. He imparts the martial arts techniques of Silat Suffian Bela Diri. But its not your typical martial art. This self defense system was created by his family four generations back, as a matter of survival in hostile times. Today in Melbourne, hes teaching core aspects of the system. [Maul Mornie, SSBD Master] “Basically what I’m teaching everybody is to teach knife defense, knife awareness, and a little bit of cultural side of martial arts.” The knife defense techniques of Silat Suffian Bela Diri have attracted world wide interest since being made public in 2007. Maul welcomes the martial arts academies and law enforcement agencies seeking his personal teachings. But says certain other groups need not apply. [Maul Mornie, SSBD Master]: “I’m not looking for violent people or thugs, because what I teach is self defense, not how to fight.”Thats not to say his teaching methods lack impact. Or that the term knife awareness is just a mental concept.” [Stuart Holdsworth, Six Harmonies Kung Fu Academy]: If someone pulls a knife out and goes to attack you straight away, if you hadnt done anything, you might not know how to react. So it could help you in that respect. The events organizer, John Schieven, first learnt about Maul Mornie, when searching the Internet for instruction in knife self defense. [John

www.silatsuffian.net Visit the link above to know more about Bruneian Martial Arts —————————– The video hightlight was shot during a successful International Kerambit Seminar in Italy. People from different martial arts attended the seminar and more than half of them are instructors and have thier own martial arts academies. Attendance came from Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, other than from different parts of Italy. The seminar covered entries, release counters and take-downs in regards to the Kerambit. What is a KERAMBIT? The Kerambit (aka, karambit, korambit) is a small hooked knife with a ring on its handle. Its a traditional close quarter, stealth weapon found most commonly in old silat styles and a few other southeast asian martial arts like several Filipino Kali schools. No matter how a person tries to convince you that the kerambit is an agricultural or DIY tool you cant help but feel and see that its design and function is more for killing then anything else. Based on the design of a tigers claw, a competent practitioner don’t just cut any part of the body but aims for the arteries and soft tissues of the body. The kerambit cuts and slices, but its design functions more for tearing and piercing, to inflict maximum damage. This seminar aims to raise curiosity and awareness among people of different nationalities about the martial heritage and culture of Brunei Darussalam and silat in general. The understanding that what makes a martial art is

Though the exact origins of the Southeast Asian martial art of Silat are unclear, due to lack of written historical records, it is said to have developed based on human observation and imitation of animals including the monkey, eagle and tiger. Silat was historically used in the many wars between various indigenous tribes of the Malay islands. Later, when the region was occupied subsequently by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, Silat was largely practiced in secret. Japanese occupation during World War II largely destroyed British rule in the region, and the Malayan states began establishing their independence immediately following the war. Silat–which can be translated as to fight or to fight in self-defense–is most commonly practiced in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines. In Malaysia alone, some 500 styles of Silat exist; Indonesia, where the art is known as Pencak Silat, boasts 200 more. Interest in Silat has grown exponentially in the 20th century, and it is now practiced all over the world. Malay cultures prize Silat as a self-defense system, a sport and a way of life; they see it as teaching moral as well as physical discipline. The International Pencak Silat Foundation, founded in 1980, has been working since then to promote Silat and to get the sport included in the Olympic Games. Silat fighters use a balanced array of offensive and defensive techniques, sophisticated footwork and intricate hand motions, which are learned in stages as

www.silatsuffian.net visit our site for more information. A short clip from the 3 days Intensive Silat Suffian Bela Diri Training 6th to 8th July 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland organised by www.combatarts-scotland.com Congratulations to Paul Smith for organizing the successful event. To Nelson Leslie, Kie Brooks, Ilyas Saddique and everyone for their patience in asissting me in my instructions during the event. To everyone who came to support the seminar from Glasgow and Edinburgh, thank you for the friendship and effort. My apologies if I miss anyone. This seminar like my other events aims primarily to raise the curiosity and awareness among people from different nationalities about the martial heritage and culture of Brunei Darussalam in general

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