Pentjak Silat USA
Belah Diri (17 sets and variations)
These pre-set drills are used in teaching the "flavor" of serah system for beginners. These are preset techniques. Within the techniques are the entries, principles and concepts of silat.
Djurus (Upper body fundumentlas - 1 through 18)
Many applications and concepts are expressed in these Djurus. All odds Djurus start with Djurus #1, while even Djurus start with Djurus #2. Last, execute all 18 Djurus on the luru (straight-line). This is considered the "gold" of the system. The djurus are used to train and burn the upper body art into the nervous system of the murid.
Entries & Positioning
1) inside line
2) outside line
3) split inside/outside line with upper/lower positioning
4) swithes between upper/lower
Langka Drills (sticky feet/legs)
Using the 4 lower gates (feet) and 4 upper gates entries, there are a total of 64 (8x8) positions that your body can be in. This disregards the fact that your feet can also be on those of your opponents. This drill is done with:
1) Arms holding
2) Slapping hand
3) Against punches and other attacks
1) Elbows and shielding(6)
2) Knees (6)
3) Kicks (7)
Langkas (footworks) and Theories
1) Langka Tiga (triangle) | use of Sapu (front sweeps), Baset (back sweeps), Puder (turn)
2) Langka Umpot (box) | Use of the sliwa position.
3) Langka Lima
Both you and a partner walk Langka Umpot and Lima with clapping hands, a good forearm/shin conditioning method.
Advanced Foot Patterns
1) Diamond Pattern | develops superior foot positionings during attacks and defense against hands and weapons
2) Sukurung (platform) | 18 Djurus on many triangles and squares to develop zoning, 360* awareness. Multiple attacker theories and strategies.
3) Panchar (platform) 18 Djurus the spiders web.
Angles of Attack (16)
1) Strike 16 angles with sticks and knives
2) Inside/outside counters to 16 angles
3) Clock dance | execute 16 angles in clockwise, counter-clockwise, combination, and notice of 45* angles
1) Four-corner training
2) Shin and arm conditioning
3) Free-style kumbangon on Tiga, Umpot, and Sekurung
5) Gauntlet with empty hand (set and non set techniques) and weapons.
Final 10 Langkas
The "diamond" of the system, and only reserved for Gurus. Understanding of these 10
What is silat?
It is a system indigenous to the archepalago of Indonesia. Saying silat is like saying Karate or Kung Fu, there are many systems within each category. The system I teach is upright and what I call urban silat. It may not be condusive to muddy jungles (like haramau) but it is effective where I live. When we train, it is important to assume that the attacker is stronger, possibly armed and has friends (in the system of silat that I train in anyway.) When you have the above criteria in mind, you will realize why we keep upright and mobile. It becomes more of a sport when you practice a technique or drill that break the above rules in training. (That is not a bad thing, it is simply not the way I train my silat). There is nothing that should be considered "fair" when you fight with silat. If you need to use a weapon, then use it. If you need to grab the groin or poke at the eyes then do it.
Silat Serah/Sera/Serak has a heavy emphasis on proper machenics for sweeping and striking. The genius of silat is that the open hand system translates very easily to blades (with a little tweaking of course).