Pencak Silat


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 heart).

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 flexibility.

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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 training.

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 programme.