It’s watching stuff like this that convinces me that Silat is possibly the most beautiful martial art out there. Maybe not aesthetically, but conceptually.
The movements are so simple and yet you have to condition your body to do them. We’re not used to dropping down and kicking people in their ankles. It’s not what we see as “fighting” (if there ever was a definition). And that’s the point; fighting, as we know it, is only a fraction of what combat is.
By that, I mean it’s not all about boxing stances, jabs and hooks.
In this video alone, there are a number of what we might call unorthodox moves, but look how effective they are. Even the early grab break is bonkers. Watch the guy’s face who it’s being performed on. He can’t fathom exactly how his grip is being broken.
It’s not always about who can hit hardest. Knocking someone out is, if anything, a cliche. But, in this video, the Silat practitioner is DESTROYING his opponent in every way but knocking him out. Granted, he is carrying a knife in a lot of attacks and most people aren’t walking down the street with a blade stuffed in their pants. But the concepts remain the same: fluidity of movement, knowing where to strike, how to strike and what your opponent’s body is going to do when you strike. Great stuff.