Silat Information Center : Pencak Silat Self Defense

Monday, July 03, 2006

SIlat Cekak Video Clip Demo

Hi all,

Today i want to share one video clip that i found at

This video clip is from silat cekak ustaz hanafi.. For me, it's very interesting!

Watch it!

Press play button at the center of video below:

Friday, June 30, 2006

Keris in SiLaT

Do you know what is keris? Keris is one of the weapon that used in more silat.

If you want to know more about silat, here i found some great links about it:

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Silat Cekak

Seni Silat Cekak is a Malay art (Seni) of self defence (Silat) which is genuinely original and can be counted upon to preserve life. It is not a style of silat which is ceremonious in nature used for performances at traditional Malay weddings such as Silat Pulut or Silat Pengantin. As such, Silat Cekak does not have any musical accompaniment such as the traditional Malay drum or Gendang and does not perform graceful dance-like movements for public amusement such as Silat Pengantin.

In fact, Silat Cekak does not utilize any evading nor side stepping techniques, whether to the left or right, in mortal combat. It deals with hostile aggression head on. Thus, Silat Cekak is a combat oriented art. Seni Silat Cekak contains original techniques which has never been altered ever since it came into being as a system of self defence.


The system consists of hitting and maiming techniques (buah pukulan) as well as a complete array of body and limb locking techniques (buah kuncian) in its arsenal of fighting manouvers. Being complete and unique, this form of silat does not use nor imitate techniques from other systems of self defence be it local or foreign. Silat Cekak is deeply rooted in the principles of Islam. The fighting techniques used in this system of silat utilizes natural body movements based on a sound state of mind and a peaceful disposition.

Furthermore, the teaching of Silat Cekak has been simplified and systematized to facilitate easy learning. In accordance with Islam too, this system of silat emphasizes defence rather than offence to instill a spirit of courage as well as patience. In effect, a violent and aggressive nature is not a part of Seni Silat Cekak . Only under extreme circumstances where life is at stake will the student of Silat Cekak take the offensive and initiate an attack.



Pencak Silat or Silat ("fighting by using techniques of self-defence") is a Southeast Asian martial art with roots in the culture of the Malay World. This art is widely known in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore but can also be found in varying degrees among the Malay-affiliated countries of Thailand and the Philippines. The art has also reached Europe, and is especially popular in the Netherlands, where it is as popular as karate is in the United States. It is estimated that there are hundreds of aliran (styles) and thousands of schools. Many of the aliran find their origin in the observation of wild animals fighting. "Harimau" (Tiger) and "Elang" (Eagle) are some examples.

There are four main aspects to pencak silat:

  1. The "Mental-Spiritual" aspect:
    Pencak silat aims to build and develop personality and noble character.
  2. The "Bela Diri" (self-defence) aspect:
    Self-confidence and perseverance are very important.
  3. The "Seni Budaya" (culture, art) aspect:
    Culture and performing the "art" of pencak silat is very important. This combines Pencak Silat with traditional music and costumes.
  4. The "Olahraga" (sport) aspect:
    This means that the physical aspect of pencak silat is important. We try to have a sound mind in a sound body. Competitions are part of this aspect.
    There are full-contact (Pertandingan=Competition) fights, as well as form demonstrations, for one (Tunggal), two (Ganda) or team (Regu) persons.

The styles and schools of pencak silat differ from each other with regard to which aspects are emphasised. It is thanks to the sport and self-defence aspects that this sport has become popular in Europe. However, many believe the essence of Pencak Silat is lost, or watered down, when converted to a sport and therefore still focus on traditional or spiritual forms of Silat, not strictly following the PERSILAT way.

Pencak Silat is a system that consists of sikap-sikap (positions) and gerak-geri (movements). When pesilat (silat practitioners) are moving (when fighting) these sikap and gerak-geri change continuously. As soon as one finds an opening in their opponent's defence, they will try to finish the opponent with a fast serangan (attack).

Pencak Silat has a wide variety of defence and attacking techniques. Practitioners may use hands, elbows, arms, legs, knees and feet in attacks. Common techniques include kicking, hitting, tripping, sweeps, locks, takedowns, throws, strangles, and joint breaking.

The pesilat, or silat practitioner, practices with jurus. A jurus is a series of meta-movements for the upper body used as a guide to learn the applications, or buah when done with a partner. The use of langkah (steps), or lower body meta movements teach the use of footwork. When combined, it is dasar pasang, or whole body flow.

Pencak Silat has developed rapidly during the 20th century and has become a competition sport under the PERSILAT rules and regulations. At the moment Pencak Silat is being promoted by PERSILAT in several countries on all five continents. The goal of PERSILAT is to make Pencak Silat an olympic sport. Apart from the official PERSILAT line of making Pencak Silat a competition sport, there are still many traditional styles practising old forms of Silek and Silat.

PERSILAT (Persekutuan Pencak Silat Antarabangsa, the International Pencak Silat Federation) is promoting Pencak Silat as an international competition sport. Only members recognised by PERSILAT are allowed to participate at international competitions.

At the moment some European national Pencak Silat federations together with PERSILAT have founded a European Pencak Silat Federation.

In 1986 the first Pencak Silat World Championship outside of Asia took place in Vienna, Austria.

In 2002 Pencak Silat was introduced as part of the exhibition programme at the Asian Games in Busan Korea for the first time.

The last World Championships 2002 took place in Penang, Malaysia in December 2002.

Bersilat is the word given to the act of doing silat.


Welcome to the silat information center

Hi, welcome to this blog. I named this blog as Silat Information Center or SIC. ;)

I'll give a free information about silat especially from my country, Malaysia and also from Malaysia neighbours, Brunei, Indonesia and also Singapore.

Also, in this blog, i'll give tips about martial arts technique that you may use it in daily life especially in ermengency time.

See you later!