Sunday, February 05, 2017

When it comes to exotic martial arts, the Indonesian art of pencak silat is probably one of the best examples of one.

Though the term ‘pencak silat’ is more of an umbrella term for all Indonesian martial arts and not necessarily a specific art of its own.

Much like how there are different styles of Chinese kung fu as well as Japanese karate, there are several different styles within pencak silat usually based on which area of Indonesia it originates from.

Though there are some similarities seen between differing styles of silat such as using all parts of the body to attack as well as its incorporation of spinning attacks.

In this school yard fight from Indonesia we see two silat practitioners going at it and their styles are pretty good examples of the art in action. Much like the description says though the one guy in the blue shirt is clearly much more skilled than his opponent.

As a martial art, silat appears to be very creative and unique with it’s techniques as you can see that demonstrated in this video.

Though the kid in the blue shirt pretty much dominates this fight, the other lesser skilled kid knew enough to defend himself and prevent himself from being finished.

Also nice to see both before and after the fight both guys being respectful to one another, which is another indication of a martial arts background.

Pencak silat (pronounced penchak silat and sometimes spelled pentjak silat in Western writings) is an umbrella term for a class of related martial arts originating in Indonesia. It is a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry. Every part of the body is used and subject to attack. Pencak silat was practiced not only for physical defense but also for psychological ends. [Source: Wiki]

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