Western-Sumatran Silat Styles

Discussion in 'Silat' started by Viking, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. Viking

    Viking Valued Member

    Hi all,
    has anyone got in formation about western-sumatran silat styles which give emphasis on Kicking techniques.Anyone heard about Jalkwari silat.How is the kicking techniques of West Sumatran silat differant from other martial arts techniques.
    thank you
  2. amirul_tekpi79

    amirul_tekpi79 Valued Member

    So lonely...

    Peace to all,

    Dear Viking,

    I'm surprised that no one here has helped you on your query! Anyways, here are my few cents.

    In Malaysia, there is a Minangkabau silat style by the name of Silat Sapik Kalo. Their pesilat are known for their kicking abilities.

    I'm not sure which silat styles in Ranah Minang (west Sumatra) that put emphasis on kicks but here in Malaysia (and maybe the rest of Nusantara) Minangkabau warriors are respected and feared for their leg or lower body strength.

    You can check out the various west-Sumatran silat styles that are accessible in the west. For example, Silat Harimau Minangkabau (USA and UK), Silat Baringin Sakti (USA), Silek Sentak (Austria), Silek Tuo Pusako Minang (Netherlands) etc. Just type these names on Google and you can visit their respective websites.

    I have not heard of Jalkwari silat before, sorry. Maybe others can help here, Pak Kiai? Sekalaras? Cimandesilat? Sulaiman?

  3. Viking

    Viking Valued Member

    hi amirul_tekpi79,
    Thank you for your information.
  4. Kareema

    Kareema Valued Member

    Salaams all,

    We can only wonder how many Sumatran silat traditions were lost in the aftermath of the Tsunami...

    So sad.

  5. rizal

    rizal Valued Member

    hi viking,
    well, Sumatran-styles as a general rule use more kicking and so has more leg moves than other styles. Yet, in silat (at least the silat I learned) utilizes the leg for sweeping, kicking usually delivered 'heavy' to strike the body or the leg. Strangely, rarely a silat kick is used to attack the head (except when your opponent is down that is, but then again it is called stomping then :) ).
    Can you tell why you are interested in silat kicks?
  6. ICT

    ICT Shaolin Malay Silat


    I'm not sure which styles all of my Silat kicks come from but I believe them to be mostly Javanese. I can tell you they are different than Karate, Tae Kwon Do & Kung Fu. There may be some similarities but they are Silat. The kicks are very fast & deceptive and based on the Bamboo & Willow principles of snapping out and snapping back.

    The ones I teach and show on my kicking video are all designed to break bones: femure & shin or dislocate joints: knees & ankles or Crush: ribs & sternum.

    I teach the following kicks;

    01. Shock kick - Toe kick seen similiar in Chen Tai Chi & Ba Gi (low)(shin area)
    02. Lift kick - Toe kick similiar to most other lift kicks (medium)(groin area)
    03. Saber kick - Shin kick similiar to Muay Thai round shin kick (medium)(knee area)
    04. Flip Kick - Shin kick (medium)(knee area)
    05. Mule Kick - Heel Kick (medium)(knee area)
    06. Water Buffalo - Back Kick (high)(chest area)
    07. Tjikalong - Side kick (low)(ankle area)
    08. Setia Hati - Side kick (medium)(knee area)
    09. Bukti Negara Floating - Side kick (medium high)(ribs area) - Balinese style
    10. Tjum Buk Horse - Side kick (medium high)(pelvis area)

    Teacher: Eddie Ivester
  7. Viking

    Viking Valued Member

    Thank You Rizal
    I read about Jalkwari Silat(balinese style) in a website and it's written that it specialises in kicking techniques.This arose my interest in silat kicks and how is it(kicks and kicking techniques) differant from other arts like thai boxing,Karate etc.
  8. Viking

    Viking Valued Member

    Thank you ICT for the information
  9. Shihabudeen

    Shihabudeen Valued Member

    Salaam Alaikum, \peace be with you, as a Silat teacher of one of these Sumatran gifts to the world, I can say... as there are thousands of tribal differences among the silat peoples... and many different dialects of language the same is true of silat styles... ours is primarily in a stomping mode when we kick... although my teacher taught many students entirely different stuff for example my brother teacher who is our lineage holder for our system knows many true kicks which I NEVER learned from our teacher... although what i tell my students is true we dont kick like other systems 'cause to kick one of us is foolish... you will be putting your leg into a blender if you do so our kicks which i teach are more like stomps and what i would call a donkey thrust heel kick they are from the ground so very deceptive and blinding in their speed... you will not see them kicking especially if you have not fought a harimau or tiger style silat warrior before... true tiger is rare to encounter and as the few who have seen it know... its a devastatingly effective approach... the hallmark of silat is deception... our kicks will not be easy to follow or to predict... and as I teach them never go above the waste... unless the victim is prone already... but our tiger is mostly in our legs... and very hard to counter...our teacher said," The true wisdom of silat is in the steps" what a real sumtran does with his footwork is very complex involving much geometry... literally triangles, circles, diamonds, and even pentagons.... these approaches to the combat moment are powerful and full of traps that are truly sneaky and ingenious... within these are many back up moves based on the spirit of some animal movement or none as the persilat or silat practitioner is inspired in his creative movement...
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

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