Harimau techniques used for takedowns and ground fighting. Silat Harimau practitioners develop massively strong legs for leaping and kicking. This is partly obtained by holding the ultra-low stances characteristic of the style. This is direct and forceful in connection with ground fighting, including jumping techniques in the countering of an opponent, as well as learning how to end a fight as quickly as possible. This aspect develops the strength your body needs to move freely and effectively in bringing opponents to the ground. Here you are taught how to kick, palm-strike from various angles, grab and tear.
Bruises happen, sometimes they hurt, too. And you will sweat too. That is all part of training a martial art. Better to learn how to take some hits in training and not in a real situation for the first time. At the end, we all train a martial art, not only a sport. We rely on the historic and traditional background of our art, and these were and are painful and unforgiven. Although we are not willing to reply the punishment of the old masters towards their students – learning the art will hurt.
“How likely is that you can achieve anything substantial in martial arts if your primary value when you practice is to feel comfortable all the time?
How are you going to manage a fight that you must face?
Even a relatively insignificant strike can become an insurmountable obstacle for a practitioner who’s been training always in a comfortable way and always avoided what’s difficult or disagreeable.
You should seek out and welcome challenges as opportunities to grow.
Each self-imposed uncomfortable training strengthen you.
Day by day, you immunize yourself against different kind of attacks and aggressions, precisely because you seek them out.
When life deals you an unexpected fight, you are ready to handle it because thanks to practicing your training the hard way you're always ready to deal with it.” (PG Fabrizio Mansur)
Pelampas – Basic Drill
Translates roughly into “repetitive drill”. Very Basic Partner Drill for teaching you distance, Footwork and Coordination. You need to train pelampas in order to improve your hand and leg movements in receiving attacks from your opponent. It is not an empty drill. Once understood, the atackers attacks randomly & the drill comes alive.
These repetitive exercise should teach you the understandings of distance, correct structure and familiarisarion of attack lines.
Terminiology - Gelek/Gili
The Gelek is the basic movement in Silat. It is a twisting sidestep which can result in a 90° turn with crossed legs. The twisting empowers your movements, spiraling energy through your body upright and down to the floor as well as moving on the floor. The toes faces the same direction, the weight is on the footpads, but it should be your goal to place the heels on the earth with no weight to mislead the enemy. The twisting movement used to enter, hit, control or break your opponent.
Cultural Background of Silat
Silat has a strong cultural fundament, which is represented by the way of moving in a fight. Without that cultural (and ethnical) knowledge you will not train Silat. Your art may be effective, but it is not Silat without the whole package. You may use some techniques for self defense, but you will not fully understand the beauty of it and never immerse in the culture. You are fighting with the basic principles of your individual body and have to understand and master this first.