Tentative times – To be confirmed
Saturday, 31 May 2014 9am – 4pm
Sunday, 1 June 2014 9am – 3pm
With a cumulative 50+ years’ experience in Martial Arts, Shawn Zirger & Mike Allen have been travelling extensively around the globe in the last few years to study Silat with the top masters such as Guro Dan Inosanto, Cikgu Maul Mornie, Guru Besar Jerry Jacobs and Kang Cecep A. Rahman. For the first time in Toronto, Canada, they will be sharing their experiences in training in the art of Silat with the public.
What you will learn
The History & Culture
The Core Elements
Entering / Closing the Gap
The legend of this martial art traces back to Alexander the Great, who 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 seeds – the names 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 also having 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”). Shawn & Mike will inspire you to push beyond your usual training pattern and discover possibilities that only the art of Silat and its culture is able to provide.