Hey guys, how's everyone doing! First of all, i would like to start off saying that yes, i pushed the "Search" button, and look3ed for any subject or remotely related subject that they may have had like this on previous threads. But, fortunately for me there were none. So i wanted to talk today about this beautiful art, that bruce and dan inosanto and pak herman helped to bring to the u.s. I have heard a couple quotes from Bruce Lee stating that the whole concept of jkd, was to take the strenghts of 1 art and throw out its weakness and to to cross train in another art that can cover that weakess, thus transforming it into a strength. Dan Inosanto said that Bruce Lee looked for the "essence" behind every martial art, he sought and he found it, thus forming his own individualized system "JKD". A system made up of hundreds of unique and sometimes totally foreign arts that we will probably never pronounce in this lifetime. And I noticed he had all the arts that are familiar with americans, today. So that got me thinking, what would he say is the essence behind silat? What are some major benefits/downfalls and strengths and weakness of silat? And these questions threw me nto so much of a "tewsie" that i decided to come here and ask the very much respected elders and sensei's and the silat community, for their opinions. So my question for you today is: 1)What do you think you would say is the essence (i.e. why and for what reasons mande muda and maphilindo or perhaps your particular silat should be studied, and strengths/weaknesses, benefits/downfalls) of maphilindo and mande muda silat (or if you dont have any experience with these two styles of silat then talk about the one you practice now) And i will go first, i think a major benefit, is its unexpectedness, and totally unique and broad-ranging style, leaving a number of things open for you to improvise on the spot. It will help you in the intimdation factor, and also your opponent wont be able to guess what you have in store for them. Also the rigorous training helps you develop a strong mentality and strong body- almost as if you were carved out of wood-. Wouldnt you guys agree with me saying the silat is the most rigorous art to be practiced, it builds muscle, coordination, balance, can help aid you in losing weight, and can even help agility! But however i think a major downfall is that because silat is so creative and so broad-based it can leave a lot of open room for phony instructors to make up a couple of moves that look cool and unique and brainwash you into going into to their studio and leaving with a big hole in your wallet. Weapons training is definitely a plus. But for me its prety unbeleivable that these gyms teach harmful weaponry to anyone who walks in with cash. Dont you think more crime and killing would be going on as a cause for that.? It just seems pretty dangerous to me. Also i think another downfall is lack of aliveness training. There's nothing wrong with dressing up in padded equipment and going 100% with this art every once in a while, dont you think? Answers , comments anyone?