Monday, March 22, 2010

What is Pentjak Silat?

Pencak silat is an umbrella term used for the variant styles of silat from Indonesia to differentiate Indonesian styles from Malaysian Silat Melayu.[1] It is also spelled penchak silat or pentjak silat. The head organisation of pencak silat in Indonesia is PERSILAT...cont.

Silat is a collective word for indigenous martial arts of the Malay Archipelago of Southeast Asia. Originally created and developed in Sumatera Island and Java in what is now Indonesia, then spread to peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand and Singapore, silat was also traditionally practiced in Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. As a result, it is closely related to other Southeast Asian martial arts including krabi krabong and eskrima. Practitioners are called pesilat. The Chinese fusion of silat is known as kuntao[1]

There are hundreds of different styles but they tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, bladed weapons, throws, animal-based techniques, or some combination thereof... cont.

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