Should I learn the street fighting self defense Silat?

This is the kind of martial arts I'm interested in.

I don't know if I could take it, I'm not really a beginner, I can take a lot of pain, I know that doesn't matter too much, but I have a bit of skill.

I just want to know if you need a lot of experience to learn silat.

Anybody know?


Also, I've been watching Silat videos, and it all seems different.

I mean, I watched a Silat tournament, they used hands and feet, but when I watched other videos, they used weapons.

Can you tell me if Silat is almost all weapons? Cause I'm not interested in fighting with weapons.

Should I try karate?

I just have a few questions about it:

Are there takedowns?

Also, do we HAVE to use that position? The one with the fists at waist, and shoulder length, knees bent out? I'm more of a UFC position guy, but I love martial arts.

I'm looking for Martial Arts that won't break both my legs, and arms. (literally)

So do you guys recommend karate?

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  • Silat depending on the style will teach you how to move COMPLETELY differently to any other art (its like Capeoira/drunken fist, not that it resembles it but its that strange in its movements), Footwork in most styles i know any information of is a biggie as its the root of how to enter combat/escape through various angles. Depending on your teacher he/she may teach you how to fight sitting first & then progress into footwork & leverage (which is a big part of Silat styles too)

    You don't need alot of experience any teacher worth their weight will take a beginner & train them up, it takes time sure & there isn't alot of sparring as a beginner due to the brutality of it but its well worth it.

    As for watching Silat videos on youtube...don't ALOT of them are titled wrong & the competition sport silat is a f*cking joke that resembles Taekwondo/karate more so than any style of Silat i've ever seen they've also taken out 3 of the biggest influences in Silat 1) weapons 2) animal mannerisms 3) movement in different ranges.

    Yes silat does have a heavy focus on Weapons however interestingly enough ANYTHING you learn with weapons is just as easily applied empty hands (ie fighting with your arms only as weapons), the weapon work also teaches you how to move to avoid attacks/shield yourself which is also applicable to empty hands & is good to have as knowledge anyways.

    Most classes don't focus purely on Weapons, depending how your teacher teaches you he may blend other knife/stick fighting styles into it whilst retaining the Silat movement, chances are you are going to be learning alot of empty hand applications though more so than weapons as unless its a deeply traditional school the emphasis will be on self-defence (ie street attack where you generally don't carry Kerambits & Goloks)

    As for it literally ''breaking arms & legs'' Silat has heavy emphasis on basically destroying your opponent & escaping as fast as you can, whilst in class you won't be doing that to your partner you will be learning how to fight with your fists, open hands, forearms & elbows (& thats just using your arms as striking nevermind the grappling aspects of it).

    If you can give me a link to the school (if it has one) it will be much easier for me to assess what its focus will be on & what style you will be learning as the indonesian names generally don't mean much to the western population who know little of Silat.

    Here is a demo of the weapon work (obviously giving away the movements of each so as to impress the audience where-as in real life you wouldn't swing such obvious blows) Notice the way they move & the way their legs turn? that is the focus on footwork i am on about

    Again another video of Silat, as you can see its very traditional in its wear (which may not be necesarry in your dojo) & the moves, this video has a good blend of the grappling at different heights & empty hand techniques on the ground etc

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    Should I learn the street fighting self defense Silat?

    This is the kind of martial arts I'm interested in.

    I don't know if I could take it, I'm not really a beginner, I can take a lot of pain, I know that doesn't matter too much, but I have a bit of skill.

    I just want to know if you need a lot of experience to learn silat.


  • I'm an international student learning silat in Malaysia and i'm telling it is as good as you can see it in the videos,

    They have an official school of silat in the United States by the way and here's the Facebook page link;

    if you have other questions I'd be happy to answer

  • Learn Boxing, Kick Boxing or BJJ instead Bro... Get real... No body gonna punch from the waist on the street, they throw Sucker Punch to your face... and those Conditional Training Such as Kungfu, Silat, Karate etc... is not gonna Work on the street or in UFC =)

    always train with an alive opponent... because you fought like you train =)

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    i'd say something modern and practical, like Krav Maga (i've been learning Krav for about 4 months), Keysi Fighting Method, and other hybrid martial arts, or any modern combat system used by military and police. hybrids and military-developed martial arts are usually much more inclined towards practicality and convenience; they're designed to be learned relatively quickly by people with very limited time for practice/instruction. they don't involve the fancy techniques you see in other martial arts, many of which take years to develop the skill and coordination to use effectively. for example, Krav was (and still is) designed to be learned with relative proficiency in less than a year, whereas with kung fu, you may not be skilled enough to actually use it in self-defense for two or three years. also, hybrid martial arts are typically constantly evolving and being refined and optimized, whereas older systems like karate and taekwondo tend to remain static. Krav Maga is reevaluated by the Israeli Defense Forces every six months to keep it optimized for self-defense situations of all types. also, i hope to god you never have to face 20 attackers at once, or even 10, because you WILL lose that fight. you'd be surprised how much effort it takes just to defend against one or two opponents who know what they're doing; facing 10 of them at once would be suicide even for a martial arts expert. rule of thumb: if there is more than one assailant, your best bet is to run like hell.

  • Heu... Silat these days seem kind of fighting like a long range missile to me...

  • All i know of it is what i saw on fight quest and it looked pretty brutal and fun to me.I doubt you will find a school like that in the states though.If your a journeyman and adventurer i say go to indonesia and learn it.

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