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Iain Abernethy
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Silat takedowns (video)

Hi All,

This video was shared via twitter by “Karate by Jesse”. I think it’s pretty interesting so I thought I’d share it here too. There’s some very interesting takedowns ranging from the very simple to the very flamboyant (i.e. they look very cool! :-). It’s a good video and I hope you enjoy it.

All the best,


Tau's picture

Nice video and some very tidy techniques.

I think every throw (except the throws against kicks) I could name from a Judo/Jujitsu perspective. This is in no way a criticism I hasten to add. It shows again that however the cultural origin changes the mechanics remain. There really are only so many ways to efficiently make something happen.

Black Tiger
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Awesome, can see so many similarities to Filipino Martial Arts there too

nielmag's picture

Agree completely Tau!

I commented similarly on a kata post just the other day.  Im always fascinated by the similarities in the diversity of arts.  

gatta.cld's picture

Hi All, I would like to take the opportunkity to post some useful links and videos of the guy which inspired me to approach to Silat. Thanks to this approach I better understood many forms of Karate-Do.

The art I show you is Silat Sera(k) or Butki negara (that derives form Serak).

This link is good to start to understand the history of Silat Serak


Here you are a good set of videos of the best Italian player, Guru Mike Faraone


As you can see, Silat Serak is full of take downs and projections, but Silat it is a "Mother Art" so these techniques are not derived from other martial arts as it is shown here:

Here you are a video of the most famous Pendekar and Guru Paul De Thouars:

Silat is generally based on the following equation:

Base - Angle - Leverage

With all of these 3 elements, the technique woks, with 2 of the 3 it can work, with 1 of the 3... if you are lucky...

Here is a great video explaining some of these laws and principles:

Maha Guru Stevan Plinck studied hard with Pendekar Paul De Thouars.

I can post several videos on Serak and Butki Negara but I don't want to confuse you too much (at the moment).

i am sure you can recognize many principle and techniques connected to your kata bunkai.

Silat is coming form Indonesia... Silat reached Europe and the US thanks to Dutch guys... Maybe in the past, Silat reached India and from India also Okinawa...

Projections and takedowns are not around your body but the intent is to destroy your opponent on his own two feet.

Ask for more videos...

All the Best.

Claudio / Il Gatta