The legend of this martial art traces back to Alexander the Great, who in his time had bodyguards hailing from Persia, India, China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is said that his bodyguards compiled their martial knowledge and the result was Silat. Since that time Silat has been taught in many forms and styles through South East Asia. Most relevant to our current focus are the styles from Brunei, Malaysia, Java and the Philippines, though the seed; the name and the styles of Silat are seen far beyond these borders.
At the Zirger Academy we currently study three major sources of Silat, each having their common elements but distinctive qualities. We believe that this blending makes our approach very complete and as it turns out is part of the tradition of Silat. (Merantau, meaning to Wander)
Firstly we study Maphilindo Silat as taught by Guro Dan Inosanto. This is a compilation of the many styles of Silat that he and GT Leo Gaje studied in the Philippines and Indonesia. It is a very subtle system of trapping and shearing takedowns punctuated with half beat striking to disorient the opponent as the entries and takedowns are affected.
Bruneian Silat as taught by Cikgu Maul Mornie and the SSBD training groups is also practiced regularly, this is an overt style that emphasizes baiting and big hits to ensure the takedowns. This system is distinct in its awareness of the social implications of a witnessed fight, and the importance of building reputation through the perception of those watching.
Finally we look to the teachings of the PCK style of Silat as provided to us through Guru Besar Jerry Jacobs, this system is fast and fiery and full of small conditioning exercises that challenge and strengthen the body for its unique barrage of attacks and immobilizations.
Schedule: Friday 6-7:30pm, Sunday 9-10am
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