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Friday, April 30, 2010

WHAT IS SILAT?

Silat is an ancient martial art that originates in Southeast Asia, particularly from the Malay Archipelago (Nusantara) nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines.

Silat has spawned many hundreds of schools and styles (aliran) that draw their origins from the observation of wild animals in combat. These many aliran have made their way over the oceans to reach many countries in Europe and the Americas who keep the Silat very much alive abroad.

The martial art of Silat is also called Pencak Silat. Pencak refers to a combat situation between two silat practitioners.

Silat worldwide is based on the following aspects:

Mental and Spiritual Strength
To build and develop personality, noble character and honour is the main objective of silat practitioners that must beupheld during combat or dangerous situations.

Self- defense
As with any martial art, the skill of defending oneself and protecting loved ones when in danger or when faced with adversity is what all silat practitioners prepare themselves for.

Weaponry
Along with the strength of the human body, silat also uses ancient weapons like the keris, pedang, parang/golok, lembing, kayu/tongkat,kipas, tekpi,kelabit and japanese sword.

Sports
Competitions and intense training keep the practitioners' skills sharp, through form demonstrations, forsingle, double or teamed combat. The concept of sound mind, sound body.

Art and Culture
Performing the 'art' of silat is very important. Traditional costumes and music that accompany the stylized moves and artistic techniques of the martial art have made it an internationally recognized form of choreography. Silat is also used in very many officious events, as part of the Malay custom, such as weddings and royal occasions.

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