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.
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.
The movements of silat are often performed as a dance during festivities such as weddings or a royal installation
Head Spin, Pencak Silat
Pencak Silat - an umbrella term for the indigenous martial arts created in Indonesia. Pencak is the performance aspects of the martial art, while silat is the essence of the fighting and self-defense. It is often said by practitioners that there can be no silat without pencak, on the other hand pencak without silat skills is purposeless.
Eddy Ratno Haji Abu Bakar Photos Photos: Asian Beach Games Day 5 - Beach Pencak Silat
Eddy Ratno Haji Abu Bakar Photo - Asian Beach Games Day 5 - Beach Pencak Silat
Indonesian Martial Arts - Silat. Silat in it's various forms is a great interest of mine. From a self-defence point of view I like the way they emphasis attacking the attacking limb rather than blocking and then counter-attacking.
SILAT a collective word for indigenous martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encompassing most of the Nusantara, the Malay Archipelago and the entirety of the Malay Peninsula. MARTIAL ARTS