Pencak Silat is the indigenous fighting art of Indonesia and
exists in similar forms throughout the Malaysian peninsular.
We do a style emanating from Central Java called "Suci Hati" (pure
Pencak Silat takes a very different approach to self defence
than jujutsu. At least this is true on an initial and
superficial observation. At another level, one sees that
there are similar strategies and tactics at work. It serves
as a demonstration of the fact that there are different
pathways to the top of the mountain; there is never just one
way to achieve the same result.
Rhythm, timing and coordination are all developed through the
practice of silat. The movements of silat are attractive,
aesthetically pleasing and yet the dancelike movements are
deceptively efficient as a fighting art.
The practice of silat helps to develop strength and
One of the nice aspects about silat training is the ease at
which you can work at your own level of strength, flexibility and
fitness quite independent of other members in the class. It
is easy to adjust how hard you work and how challenging you wish to
make it for yourself. Many aspects of silat focus on stances
and movement that are close to the ground and these require
strength and flexibility. Students commence classes with
varying levels of strength, flexibility and fitness and are
encouraged to work diligently on improving these aspects through
Whilst the aesthetics are important, there is an important self
defence component to the training. The emphasis is more
towards the use of hands and feet for striking and kicking,
although, joint control (kunci) and throwing opponents to the
ground (bantingan) are part of the art.
New students must be at least 13 years of age.
Younger students must have completed the junior martial arts