Malaysian Martial Art: Silat

Silat: a form of martial arts practiced in South East Asia. Known as silt Melayu in Malaysia, it is built on the traditions of adab (respect) and adat (customs).
Silat is also a great way to stay fit.

Silat is also a great way to stay fit.

Silat postures

Silat postures

According to legend, Silat movements are based on the movement of animals fighting.

According to legend, Silat movements are based on the movement of animals fighting.

Along with the human body, silat employs a wide variety of weapons. Prior to the introduction of firearms, weapons training was actually considered to be of greater value than unarmed techniques.

Along with the human body, silat employs a wide variety of weapons. Prior to the introduction of firearms, weapons training was actually considered to be of greater value than unarmed techniques.

In silat culture, the energetic body consists of interlocking circles called chakra (spelled cakra or cakera in Malay).

In silat culture, the energetic body consists of interlocking circles called chakra (spelled cakra or cakera in Malay).

The movements of silat are often performed as a dance during festivities such as weddings or a royal installation

The movements of silat are often performed as a dance during festivities such as weddings or a royal installation

Fighting arts in the Indonesian and Malay Archipelago arose out of hunting methods and military training by the region's native inhabitants. The descendants of former headhunters still perform ancient wardances which are considered the precursor of the freestyle form in silat.

Fighting arts in the Indonesian and Malay Archipelago arose out of hunting methods and military training by the region's native inhabitants. The descendants of former headhunters still perform ancient wardances which are considered the precursor of the freestyle form in silat.

Silat Melayu is characterized by fixed hand positions and today is often thought of as a slow dance-like art among non-practitioners

Silat Melayu is characterized by fixed hand positions and today is often thought of as a slow dance-like art among non-practitioners

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