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Pencak Silat

The Indonesian Martial Art....

Pencak Silat 

PENCAK SILAT
The national martial art of Indonesia. In Indonesia, the mental and spiritual elements are heavily intertwined in the Pencak Silat, meaning that physical and mental development go hand in hand. It is a fundamental element in the culture of Indonesia. There are different styles for every region, each with their own origins, which have emerged and evolved under different circumstances and are taught in different ways.
 
In Europe, apart from the exceptions to the rule, the emphasis is often placed on the physical elements of the Silat (combat techniques, the art form in the manner of demonstrations and the sport element). Here, influences from other martial arts are not excluded.
 
Unrightly so, martial arts practitioners usually dismiss the graceful movements in Silat as inferior, as they are often misunderstood. The real power and effectiveness of the Pencak Silat are expressed in hard, fast moves. Such as quick punches, kicks, sweeps, and grabs. The true Pencak Silat was not developed as a sport, but for defense in dangerous times in ancient Indonesia. Purely focused on eliminating opponents as quickly, efficiently and permanently as possible.
 
Contest fighters in the Pencak Silat are rightly bound by rules to ensure the safety of the sport. In this form, you can clearly see that the original character of the Pencak Silat is pushed more into the background. Traditionally, the Pencak Silat has no competition, graduations or sporting elements.