6. Years of training in Pencak Silat Pertempuran have taught me that I still have years of training ahead of me in Pencak Silat Pertempuran. So do you.
5. Practice the same material over and over and over. When you’re done, practice it again and again. This is the way to great depth of understanding.
4. There are pencak silat people and systems that do not follow the path of silaturahim (brotherhood and sisterhood). They should be avoided if possible—as though they do not exist—not because we fear them, but because they bring nothing of value to Pencak Silat Pertempuran. Do not even utter the names they fight so hard to protect.
When you must, treat those associated with negativity, in kindness and brevity.
This then is also one of the ways by which Pencak Silat Pertempuran was developed.
3. Train hard. Train consistently. Be forever a student so that you will not know when you have gained great skill. May it even surprise you! Besides, it would be a shame to rise up in ability and then stop training because you have assumed success. True success is the person who finishes the race!
2. Let’s not try to keep those who do not find the way of Pencak Silat Pertempuran to their liking. Instead let’s help them on their way to finding a path that’s suitable for them.
A student, a friend, an acquaintance, cannot be forced to be part of your life. It is better to help them find their way to the right place than to try and keep them.
How to know when to let go: laziness, complaining, contrary, turmoil in their life. They do not develop fruit. These people, if too close, will pull you into their life and pull you off the path of prosperity and growth. Misery truly does love company.
This is going to come as a series of posts highlighting the ideas within Pencak Silat Pertempuran:
1. Teachers and students, in Pencak Silat Pertempuran we must not think so little of ourselves, our success, or our skill, that we feel it’s necessary to protect ourselves with words or deeds against another person out of fear or jealousy of their success.
If the one succeeds it’s better for us all. Lets join in and help. Otherwise we will damage not only Pencak Silat Pertempuran’s reputation, but we will continue to damage the community of pencak silat around the world.
For some, the study of pencak silat is a hobby. It’s something we do for fun, or exercise, or social interaction. It can also be that we may feel the need to protect ourselves or others. Lastly, it may even be a drive we have to generate self-confidence.
To me, and hopefully the students and instructors I raise, I hope they see it as more….
When I talk about attributes and attribute development within Pencak Silat Pertempuran I’m talking about more than just physical attributes. Of course, those are very important, things such as speed, endurance, quickness, reach, timing, strong side, mobility, etc.
The more often overlooked components are things such as emotional and mental attribute development.
Apart from the need to use the physical attributes you develop during times of physical crisis, and self or community protection, it’s the emotional and mental attributes that take martial arts from a hobby, exercise, or something fun to do just for the sake of it, and give value to everyday life.
Attributes such as patience, will, and determination may seem like obvious traits that would develop over the course of training, but other attributes include things such as self-reflection/evaluation, centeredness, adaptability, respect, and trust are some other examples.
The majority of us already have an amount of these attributes when we start PSP. Some more than others. PSP when truly studied will continue to grow these as well, challenging you along the way incrementally.
To see it, let’s look at a quick example. When you’re training, do you trust what you’re being taught? Do you trust the teacher? Did you start off fully trusting the teacher or the art, or has that trust grown over time and with the input of energy from you and the teacher? It’s likely that it’s been a process.
You may even find that if you do not yet fully trust the art or the teacher. That’s normal. As a point of caution, to see the greatest value from your training, you must work through that and learn why you do not fully trust and then take steps to rectify that. One way would be to ask questions, which will develop another mental attribute in the desire to learn—it’s a path of connection and relationship. Relationship to one another and relationship amongst attributes.
Now, I challenge you to take the lessons you are learning in study of Pencak Silat Pertempuran and apply them to your everyday life!
The study of Pencak Silat, depending on the system, can be a process of personal discovery. It can be an amazing journey to help you discover life. It confuses some people because all they see in martial arts is the destruction. However, it has been my journey that the point of martial arts is about prolonging life, and what value is prolonging life without at least addressing the idea of quality of life? In fact, through the process of learning about life’s destruction, you can, also learn to develop and improve life. However, only if you put the principals of pencak silat to action on a consistent basis outside of the aliran and perguruan.
Pencak silat is not a game or a hobby to be turned on and off.
It IS a way to step. Langkah dari batuan ke batuan.
It IS the act of stepping from stone to stone.
It IS learning to act, not react.
It IS fluidity, not rigidity.
It IS simplicity, not complexity.
It IS beauty, not ugliness.
It IS natural, not contrived.
It IS relationship, not autonomy.
It IS sync, not difference.
It IS a path to life AND death.
A lot of martial artists don’t understand this. They think the “pencak” is a waste of time. Yet 90% or more have never even been in a fight of any kind. Furthermore, they don’t understand the value of developing beauty. In PSP, I hope that eventually people will begin to see the value of developing the pencak side of silat. It is such a good way to develop attributes of body awareness, of finesse, and of fine motor control. To me, there is no silat without pencak.
So ask yourself if the system of martial art you train is effective, simple, and personal? I’d be happy to hear your thoughts.
When we describe pencak silat we talk a lot about “meta-movements,” “principals,” “the flower,” “the fruit,” and a lot of different ethereal ideas. Ideas that people outside of our circles, without our training, likely don’t relate to well.
Sometimes we even hide behind all of the language, uniforms, and flash rather than just working hard.
When I put Combat Silat together, I vowed to make it accessible to people. In pursuit of that, I want to break down some of the ethereal ideas. In particular, the idea of meta-movements.
Meta-movements, in the context of pencak silat, are simply defined as gross movements and positions. They are achieved with relatively particular relationships of the hands for purposes of definition and instruction.
With moderate changes at how we move into those particular relationships, the energy used, trajectory of the hand movements, or focus of the hands, we can employ defense, strategy, and even offense with these gross movements.
Leading from simply feigning weakness to parrying, takedowns, counter striking, and even locking. If we choose, we can change them further by putting a manual weapon in our hand—any kind of manual weapon.
In Combat Silat, the purpose of these positions is to give us a base of movements and hand relationships to begin our learning from. They are not meant to be 100% inclusive of everything possible, but they are meant to define the bulk of movements and relationships.
In Combat Silat there are seven such meta-movements that will get you through the bulk of the curriculum.