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.