Silat Harimau: Art of Fighting Based on The Tiger

Kali vs Silat - Silat Harimau

Martial arts are special and sacred forms of sports that have been popular for long centuries. They represent the best combination between mental, physical and emotional balance. The proper practice of martial requires achieving this kind of balance through practice and devotion. These sports have ancient roots that relate to rich civilizations that wondered about the reality of the universe years ago.

What is Silat Harimau?

Southeast Asia is home to many of these practices that saw the true power in nature and creatures. Through concentration, practice and commitment, a man can reach his maximum potential and find his inner strength. The Silat Harimau is one of these ancient and popular practices. It is widely practiced in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Brunei.

The origin of the name of this sport is uncertain, but some people believe that “Silat” is translated to “as fast as lightning”. The word “Harimau” in Indonesian means a tiger so the name might be translated to “ The fast attack of the tiger”. It is a self-defense sport that aims at responding fast to your opponent’s moves and to attack them in an efficient and fast way that resembles the movement of the tiger.

In the past and until today, training using weapons is considered to be more advanced than training without any weapons. A true Silat exponent should be able to use the weapons properly. There are a lot of weapons used in Silat Harimau and most of them are curved swords or daggers to resemble the teeth of the tiger. Moving efficiently and attacking with these weapons will give you the upper hand in any encounter.

The art of the tiger

The tiger is a mighty animal that is native to the areas where the sport initially originated. It is a great animal that waits and moves gracefully before attacking its prey. As it approaches, every step counts and no energy is wasted and when it strikes, the strike is really worth it. A tiger will not waste its energy in movements that will lead to nothing.

When the tiger is attacked it will manage to avoid harm by simply dodging their enemy moves until they are worn out. Then it will jump and bite where it hurts the most so the enemy is neutralized. You can watch this video to see how the experts practice this martial art.

You can see how every movement is inspired by the movement of the mighty tiger.

The way you have to wait and study your opponent and evaluate his move will allow you to perfectly prepare for your next move. You can jump just like a tiger with or without a weapon to end the encounter in no time using the techniques of this ancient martial art.

The Art of Silat Harimau

The ancient masters looked at the strength of the environment and developed this self-defense technique based on the movements of the great tiger. It is based on the art of war and will teach you how to attack and defend yourself in any situation while saving your energy and exploiting that of your opponent.

The teacher or the guru will teach you all the secret fighting techniques in the ring, but you must be committed to the amount of time and effort it takes to master this art. The movements are not complicated per se but you need to practice every day in order to master them. It takes a lot of devotion and patience if you want to be good at this art.

The basic fighting techniques of Silat Harimau

The guru will spend time teaching you these fighting techniques. If they feel that you are serious about your practice they will become more interested in teaching you more. See this video:

1. Punching

Remember that the tiger will only attack to kill or to neutralize the enemy. This is what Silat Harimau is all about. The punching and uppercut techniques can instantly kill your opponent if you hit in the right place. Push up exercises will increase the strength of your punch.

2. Kicking

You can work on your kick by training using a heavy bag. The aim is not to kick higher but to kick harder so you will have to learn how to master your kicking technique to deliver the biggest amount of damage.

3. Elbow

This technique is used when you are trying to confuse your opponent and is copied in other martial arts.

4. Sweeping

This is a fatal technique that can cause your enemy to fall into coma due to the wrong landing. This is not something that you can find with other martial arts.

5. Catching

The catching technique will represent a lethal combination with kicking. As opposed to other martial arts, such combination can end your encounter too soon.

6. Locking

If you are still being attacked then this technique that will probably end your encounter because most probably the bones of your opponent will be broken. It is the best technique if you want to end the fight with the least effort possible.

7. Counter Attack​

This is the technique that you need to use if you are fighting with someone who is also an expert with martial arts. The technique is effective when your opponent catches or faces your movement with their leg or hand. It is a great technique that can lead to serious injury or death even if you are fighting with a martial arts specialist.

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Sounds overwhelming? Practice is something else. You might feel that this is too much work.

I will not say that is not but every second is totally worth it. You might find achieving initial balance is quite hard especially if you have no experience with martial arts. But the guru will walk you through the whole process.

You shouldn’t expect to be some Ninja warrior in a matter of days. This is a time taking process where you align your mind set, your body and your emotions to achieve the needed balance.

By clearing the mind and living in the moment you will be able to rise to the level needed to master this practice.

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