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MARTIAL ARTS

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It is generally recognised that nearly all Asian martial arts have a common origin and some points of contact through the centuries, so it is not surprising that most of these martial arts exhibit some similarities. On the other hand each has been influenced by its local geographic, social and cultural environment so that it is distinctive to its own region. The hundreds of styles of pencak-silat which have developed among the Malay peoples over the last millennium and a half have some similarities with, but differ from, martial arts in other parts of Asia and each other.

Many of these styles are now regarded as art forms only, a type of dance, where the emphasis is on “pencak”, the training in movement (often to the accompaniment of music), rather than on “silat”, the application of these movements to combat. However, there are still many styles which retain their very serious intent of protecting the individual and subduing an aggressor. One of these is SILAT PERISAI-DIRI (PD).

PD was developed over the first half of this century by R.M.S. Dirdjoatmodjo, who formally established the organisation (Keluarga) on 2 July 1955 in East Java. Although PD is relatively modern in concept, it is a blend of the most effective techniques and moves from a number of ancient pencak-silat styles and some other branches of the Asian fighting arts. PD movements and postures are based on the defence and fighting attitudes of a range of types of animals, birds and humans, creating a comprehensive system of self-defence which allows a practitioner of PD to select the most appropriate response to any form of attack.

Although PD allows a practitioner to disable an aggressor when necessary, its primary purpose is protection. “Perisai diri” means “to shield oneself”: a practitioner of PD is capable of developing personal security through building a total “shield” of his or her PD skills. These skills are a combination of accuracy, speed and power. Light, fast, elusive movements are complemented by protective blocks and devastating attacks. It is a style of self-defence which suites anyone: an emphasis on speed and agility in evasion for a lightly built person can more than compensate for the strength of a powerful aggressor.  {reference : written by Trevor Mack of Townsville Indonesian Language Services,  http://www.aiaa.org.au/newsletter/news3/silat.html}

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