Basic Postures for Combat

Every specific style of pentjak-silat has its own technical characteristics, chief among which are the combative postures and movements. By observing the posture an enemy has assumed, and his subsequent movements, an expert can tell immediately what particular style of pentjak-silat he is up against, what attacks and defenses he may expect, and what defenses and countermeasures may be most safely and effectively used in coping with the enemy. To categorize all the various combative postures...

Madura

Pentjak Silat

On the island of Madura, the pentjak-silat fighter is usually either a sailor or a farmer with a volatile temper. He has borrowed what he liked from other pentjak-silat styles, and has achieved good balance between arm, leg, and grappling tactics. His combative postures, thus, are quite variable and tend to make an encounter with a Madurese fighter a difficult and dangerous proposition. This fact is recognized by Indonesian peoples, most of whom genuinely fear him. This, the major orthodox...

Armed Attacks

In studying orthodox pentjak-silat, the trainee must sooner or later take into serious consideration how to cope with an armed assailant. He must, whether under conditions of training or in actual combat, learn the capabilities and limitations of an armed enemy. This he must do both when he is unarmed and when he is armed. The latter, it must be noted, is beyond the scope of this book. The stress on combative reality cannot be overemphasized when the trainee is practicing the methods and...

Sumatra

Combative Person

All Sumatran pentjak-silat styles make extensive use of leg tactics. Due to the environment of the people who reside on this large island, fighting tactics have come to rely on w ell-developed leg flexibility and strength. These special qualities have been made possible by the daily exercise involved in labor chores that require full-squatting, climbing, and jumping actions. Whether a lowland, coastal, or mountain resident, a Sumatran pentjak-silat exponent demonstrates an unusual ability with...