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Silat: The Awesome Martial Art That Looks Like a Dance: Learning the Special Moves and Cultural Stories Behind This Amazing F

Thomas H. Fletcher

This book offers a comprehensive exploration of Silat, a traditional martial art from Southeast Asia, distinguished by its blend of fighting techniques and graceful, dance-like movements. It covers the following key areas:

  1. Introduction to Silat: The book begins with an overview of what Silat is, its origins, and its unique characteristics as both a martial art and a form of expression.

  2. Historical Origins: It delves into the rich history of Silat, tracing its development over hundreds of years and highlighting the cultural influences that have shaped it.

  3. Cultural Significance: The book discusses the important role of Silat in Southeast Asian culture, its performance at festivals and ceremonies, and its connection to regional identity and heritage.

  4. Styles and Schools: Various styles and schools of Silat are explored, each with distinct techniques and philosophies. The book details the differences and similarities among these styles.

  5. Philosophies and Principles: Silat's teachings go beyond physical strength, emphasizing values such as respect, discipline, and humility. These philosophies and their practical applications are explained.

  6. Basic Techniques and Movements: Fundamental skills, including stances, strikes, and blocks, are presented with clear explanations and illustrations, aiding beginners.

  7. Advanced Techniques and Forms: For advanced practitioners, the book covers complex movements and strategies, providing step-by-step instructions.

  8. Art of Flow: It highlights the dance-like fluidity of Silat movements, showcasing the beauty and elegance inherent in the martial art.

  9. Modern Practice: The evolution and contemporary relevance of Silat are discussed, along with efforts to preserve and promote it globally.

  10. Training and Conditioning: Practical advice on effective training and conditioning routines to build strength, flexibility, and endurance is provided.

  11. Weapons: Traditional weapons used in Silat, such as the keris, parang, and staff, are introduced, with explanations of their historical and practical significance.

  12. Silat in Popular Culture: The representation of Silat in media, including movies and TV shows, and its impact on popular culture are explored.

  13. Benefits of Silat: The physical and mental health benefits of practicing Silat, such as increased strength, flexibility, and focus, are discussed.

  14. Competitions and Tournaments: An overview of Silat competitions, including rules and scoring systems, is provided for those interested in the competitive aspect.

  15. Future of Silat: The book concludes with a look at the future challenges and opportunities for Silat, emphasizing the importance of preserving and evolving the art for future generations.

This book serves as a valuable guide for anyone interested in Silat, from beginners to experienced practitioners, offering deep insights into its history, culture, techniques, and philosophy.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: May 19th, 2024
  • Pages: 108
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.22in - 0.34lb
  • EAN: 9798326108593
  • Categories: Health & Safety