How to Learn Pencak Silat


Pencak Silat is a self-defense martial art popular in Southeast Asia. It's important to follow the basics when learning Pencak Silat since the fundamental principles of movement in Pencak Silat comprise the core of the art's defensive and offensive maneuvers. While advanced study is required to perfect specific maneuvers, the more you develop your base, and the more natural the moves become, the easier you will find it to perfect the moves.

  • Maintain the appropriate Pencak Selat posture. It is important to keep your upper body upright while remaining light on your feet. Pencak Selat requires fluid movement.

  • Deflect an attacker's strikes and then move to change your position before he has time to attempt a second strike. After parrying an attack, you can step out to the side opposite the direction of the block and land a strike to create an opportunity to escape.

  • Keep control of your attacker after parrying a strike. Force their arm down and away from you, throwing them off balance and preventing a counter-strike before you can move and establish a new position.

  • Maintain distance from the attacker when stepping and moving around them. Closing the distance allows the attacker to grab you or attempt multiple strikes.

  • Use hand contact to establish the location of your opponent when moving. By physically touching your opponent while moving, you ensure that you will not lose track of where he is.

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