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Agile moves: Two silat exponents demonstrating the grace of this ancient martial arts form.
> SILAT is an umbrella term to describe traditional martial arts forms throughout the Malay Archipelago; it combines the art of fighting and spiritual training. Silat has spread throughout the Malay Archipelago since the seventh century AD, but its origin is still uncertain.
> Silat was gradually refined into the specialised property of sultans, bendahara (prime minister), hulubalang (warriors) and panglima (knight) during the reign of the Malacca Sultanate (1400-1511), Majapahit (1293-1500) and Srivijaya (650-1377) empires.
> There are over 1000 types of silat forms in Malaysia. These include Silat Kuningan, Silat Sendeng, Silat Gayong, Silat Pukulan Melaka, Silat Lian Yunan and Silat Minangkabau.
> Silat is distinguished from other martial arts forms in terms of movement, techniques, footwork, hand movement and philosophy.
> The keris is a symmetrical dagger associated with the culture of many South-East Asian countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore.
> The keris can be divided into three parts: bilah (blade), hulu (hilt) and warangka (sheath). These parts of the kris are often carved in meticulous detail and made from various materials including nine types of metal, precious or rare types of wood, or gold or ivory.
> The keris is usually made on Tuesdays. The keris blade is called wilah. Kris blades are usually narrow with a wide, asymmetrical base. The keris is famous for its wavy blade (lok); however, the older types of keris dated from the Majapahit era have straight blades.
*Source: Silat exponent Prof Dr Azlan Ghanie, www.fighter.com/styles/silat and wikipedia.com.
Bonding over an ancient art
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