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).
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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

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).

Silat postures

Hamdani SPd and M Yusuf Effendi AMd of Indonesia perform in the Double Mens Final of the Beach Pencak Silat on day five of the 2008 Asian Beach Games at Tanjung Benoa Beach on October 2008 in Bali, Indonesia.

Silat is also a great way to stay fit.

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.

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.

"Silat betawi" Photographer: Andre Arment - Art photograph ready-to-hang up your wall

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

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