Human Weapon [HQ] – Silat: Martial Art of Malaysia part 5/5

Though the exact origins of the Southeast Asian martial art of Silat are unclear, due to lack of written historical records, it is said to have developed based on human observation and imitation of animals including the monkey, eagle and tiger. Silat was historically used in the many wars between various indigenous tribes of the Malay islands. Later, when the region was occupied subsequently by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, Silat was largely practiced in secret. Japanese occupation during World War II largely destroyed British rule in the region, and the Malayan states began establishing their independence immediately following the war. Silat–which can be translated as to fight or to fight in self-defense–is most commonly practiced in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines. In Malaysia alone, some 500 styles of Silat exist; Indonesia, where the art is known as Pencak Silat, boasts 200 more. Interest in Silat has grown exponentially in the 20th century, and it is now practiced all over the world. Malay cultures prize Silat as a self-defense system, a sport and a way of life; they see it as teaching moral as well as physical discipline. The International Pencak Silat Foundation, founded in 1980, has been working since then to promote Silat and to get the sport included in the Olympic Games. Silat fighters use a balanced array of offensive and defensive techniques, sophisticated footwork and intricate hand motions, which are learned in stages as


Human Weapon [HQ] – Silat: Martial Art of Malaysia part 5/5 — 7 Comments

  1. silat is art..its impact looks normal outside but inside the opponent’s body veins and muscular tissue are easily ripped…even deadlier than karate…thats why its been banned frm the olympics…even deadlier than kung fu…thats why hang tuah(malaysian legend) is well known in rome,china n the middle east…

  2. well who knows, it’s not the martial art, it’s the ability of the fighters. but i once heard well not once but quite a lot of time, that bruce lee got defeated once by a silat master in Indonesia. but he came back for a rematch with a different master and won. don’t tell me what happen to the 1st master i duno.

  3. that just a test , we don’t wan to hurt our student do we?
    but believe me , even u see it slow , but it hurt like hell when been hit .

    p.s sorry for bad english

  4. Something wrong….
    Why were they not serious attacking that guy?
    Movements too slow and they kicked very soft….

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