Silat is a martial art of Indonesia, and it bares many similarities to the martial art of it’s neighbor, the Filipinos. Today, Silat’s system of fighting is less characterized by weapons, such as Kali and Escrima, and more so by it’s off-balancing, joint locks, unorthodox strikes and ground movements.

Another aspect that characterizes Silat is it’s unusual ground movement, which is very similar to capoeira. These ground movements have remarkable restorative and ant-aging properties that are excellent for the back, hips, ankles and knees.

Silat was originally a secretive art, taught only to family members and close friends. It was also outlawed by the Dutch, during their occupation of Inodesia. Today it is practiced worldwide, and used by many police and military forces for close quarter combat.


Urban Warrior Martial Arts uses Silat not only for it’s effective techniques, but also because it develops the¬†practitioners¬†attributes such as flexibility, coordination, timing and agility.

Silat also has a very beautiful and eloquent form of dance that symbolizes and represents different attacks and defenses in the air, against imaginary opponents. This practice, or Kembangan, is similar to Tai Chi, but usually faster, more athletic, and sometimes more brutal in nature. Here is a video of the late Master, Pendekar Herman Suwanda.

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