Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Silat & Street Fighting: Relevant @ Irrelevant?

I came across these arguments quite a number of times already. These kind of people had always try, whether they realize it or not, to condemn their own culture. Some of them claimed, people nowadays need no silat. It looks silly to perform the “pencak” in a street fight. Let me bring this issue up. Who says that you need to perform the “pencak” in a street fight? Only stupid persons would ever do that. Like other martial arts, there are theories and practical. In real fight, the chances are 50-50, depends on how good your reflections are. Silat is all about generating great reflections. If you can master the theories and practice them again and again, you are actually building an unseen “shield” in you. Practice makes perfect. In silat, everything is there for you to learn. It’s just like going to school. We learn everything but not everything is applicable in our life. In the end of the day, we are the one who will choose and decides what, which one, where or when to apply whatever we learn in our daily life. The decision we make and the path we take will results in success or failure. Depends on how good we manage ourselves.
Personally, I never involve in a fight before because fighting is the last thing I want to do. I’d rather settle things up in a diplomatic way if possible. This is also a great value I earn in learning silat. TO WIN IS NOT ONLY TO FIGHT. Win it with your MIND, rather than your MIGHT. Speaking of reflections, there was one time; when I went to a shop in my village, I was neck-locked from behind. In a matter of seconds, that attacker was in front of me, hand-locked. Well, he’s just my friend, trying to make a joke. But at that time, one question popped out my mind,”how did I lock him just now?” Then I realized the power of reflections. Maybe that's why my “guru” always reminded us to practice, non-stop. It might just a simple and non exciting experience to share, but it’s quite worthy to me. Well, it’s not easy to convince people to learn and love silat, as we are humans. We have our own interests and dislikes. But I hope my “chat” here can help people to understand that silat is not only about pencak and “dances”, it’s a hidden “shield” of the unseen warriors. Strong muscles are just tools. They are useless without a brilliant MIND to control them. Assalamualaikum.