What is Pencak Silat
Pencak Silat is an ancient martial art that has its roots in the South East Asian areas of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. It comprises of a multitude of styles, which can be very different depending on the region and ethnic groups where each style originated.
Common elements across all styles include smooth movements, a resemblance to traditional dance as well as the usage of traditional weapons. Many Pencak Silat styles are known for their practical and effective fighting techniques as they were developed in order to protect clans from brutal attacks or to protect the royal family from assassination attempts.
The people of the Minang Kabau of West Sumatra are said to be one of the founding groups of Pencak Silat. According to their history, Pencak means artistic movements of the body and Silat stands for the real fighting. It is said, that each region and even each village has its own style, kept secret from foreigners.