If there’s one thing a martial arts flick will do it’s getting you so pumped that after walking out the screening you’ll be itching to release a can of whoop-ass on anybody that passes you by. Unfortunately, that sort of the thing can get you arrested but fear not brethren! There are gyms across the UK that teach Silat either on their own or as part of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (JKD) and the Karasack Kali club in Sidcup are one of those clubs that can teach you the techniques as shown in the hit action flick, The Raid, in cinemas now.
But what is Silat? Silat is an ancient Indonesian martial art that blends both weapons-based and unarmed combat. Its practitioners are adept at utilising a range of weaponry whether it is a stick, knife, sword or more exotic weapon such as a kerambit (a claw-shaped dagger which hooks on the thumb) but also in fighting barehanded.
Despite its ancient roots (Silat can be traced back as far as the 5th century), it remains applicable today and makes for a devastating and brutally effective combat art. As a fighting art, Silat focuses on disabling an opponent in the quickest way possible using techniques to break, wrench and trap joints and to throw and trip opponents.
As a club Karasac teaches Jeet Kune Do Concepts as taught by Guro Dan Inosanto (the only person certified to teach Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee) and as such blends techniques from a variety of martial arts including Silat, Kali, Jun Fan kickboxing, Wing Chun kung fu and Muay Thai kickboxing.
In addition Paul is the only person in the UK certified to teach Mande Muda Pencak Silat under Ibu Rita Suwanda, and one of only a handful of Level 3 instructors in Maphilindo Silat under Guro Inosanto.
If you live in the North West of England, you can check out MC Kali Group in Wigan, where head instructor Mel Corrigan is an Associate Instructor inder Guro Dan Inosanto and teaches JKD, Panantukan, Kali, CSW, Wing Chun kung fu, Muay Thai and Maphilindo Silat. He can be seen below doing knife work (Kali) with Sifu Rick Faye in Madrid. www.mckali.com