Silat

I have decided to create a separate page in which i can write all of my notes on Silat and all the tips my teacher and fellow students have given me. This will give me a place where i can come back and reflect on those notes and continue to integrate them into my practice on deeper levels:

Notes 

-Fighting with Structure. "If your opponent has superior structure your screwed" Frank
-Fighting with angles, every angle on your body can be used martially.
-Seeing the Kuda in each technique/movement
-The kudas give you the structure…once you have good structure then you can flow with-in it.
-Knuckle punches, regular punches, palm strikes
-Two fists is beginner Silat, fist and palm is intermediate, two palms is advanced Silat
-Meditating on "smooth", "rhythm", "Flowing", "Structure" and "Strength" 
-Enhance strength and flexibility simultaneously…not one over the other
-Feel into your opponents center and know when he's off balance and is ready to be toppled
-Be like a snake curling and tightening around your opponent
-Relax
-Alternate between Yang and Yin depending on the opponent. If he's Yin you go Yang and vice-versa
-Be able to switch ones own intensity from passive to active at will.
-Go through your opponent
-Practice in a state of Samadhi or one pointed concentration

-Every person has a different energy. Practice sparring with different people to experience different energies.

-Strike your opponent to imbalance him. Distract him with pain. If you don't imbalance him then your fighting head to head or strength vs strength...thats never good and can get quite bloody. Take his mind, his center and his vertical plane all in one motion.

-Build the foundation from the juru and kudas. Then pick apart the pieces of each and utilize the movements and postures for practical purposes.

-We go from big to small back to big then to small again.
-Small movements can divert large forces. Make room for the opponents yang by creating a void
-Practice your strikes and the throws will come.
-Structure, Structure and more Structure. Without it your opponent will walk right through you.
-Practice your Kudas at different levels of height to build layered strength.
-Not necessarily Silat related but lots of useful info in the link: Teach Yourself Martial Arts
-Do the jurus slowly. Meditate on every motion.
-Practice and integrate both left and right sides of the jurus
-When you do the motions slow you build the nerve endings and you can then steadily go faster.
-Take Tumeric
-Never show your opponent your center. If you do make sure your guarded.
-Practice moving from your center
-Merge with your opponent. Connect with him. React to his flow. Dissolve him.
-By merging and connecting with the opponent creative expression can spring forth.
-Hip torque can be channeled for punches, blocks, throws…..etc
-Stronger the torque the tighter the circles
-Rooting, practice sinking stable roots into the ground. This gives you leverage.
-To root effectively and channel power you need to be aligned so power and weight can flow.
-Be wary of posture and always be conscious of adjustments that need to be made.

-Watch other people during the day and at practice. Observe there body and posture. Understand the physical dynamics and how they move. Observe stresses, strains and weaknesses in form.

-Don't attack overtly and heavily. Slip in, shock, imbalance and take.
-Bamboo slapping and hopping, pick up rocks
-Core of Silat: Jurus, Kudas, Triangle and Internal Work
-Split the opponents vertical plane in 2 different directions.
-The moment you touch your opponent you should be looking to take his plane.
-When attacking all of your movements need to flow from one to the other.
-Use juru applications and feeling the grace of the hip and body to flow.
-Toe and shoulders and the whole line directs the focus of the juru

-Receive and transmute your opponent.
-Use intensity

-Attack on the line, defend on the line, aim on the line. Everything merges on the line.
-The line is a focus for your mind first and your body second. Let your physical actions follow intent.
-Use your mind to defeat your opponent. By the 1st movement you have won.
-Move with your mind/nervous system, let your body flow.

-Make your focus so intense its like your doing a Bardon exercise. Use your mind to cut through your opponent like butter. Just like a knife.

-Add earth energy to your form and structure to bring strength and stability. Sink your chi.
-Build slow twitch fibers
-Define your form before you move in for the kill
-3 energies of the Jurus: Fortitude, Moving, Dissolving
-Align my shoulders, legs and hips when doing the Juru. Be relaxed, no tension.
-3 different ways of doing Kudas: Static, Moving, Stretching
-Ask for the teachings of each posture. Meditate in them
-Slap quick, strong and away from my line. It gives momentum to the next movement/attack

-Rooted….meditate on this
-Distance….meditate on this
-Timing….meditate on this
-Chance….meditate on this
-Space….meditate on this
-Speed….meditate on this
-Fear Freezing…..meditate on this
-Releasing all tension…..meditate on this

-Various states that cause people to attack: Fear, jealousy, greed, confusion…etc….they are all countered by complete equanimity.  Align ones demons accordingly…chain them to higher will.

-Process Oriented vs Goal Oriented….meditate on this.

-"No fight should last longer than 5 seconds." If it does, regroup and use another technique, you have plenty.

-Shoulder Spring-Pumps aligned and ready with arm and feet aligned
-"Structure makes up for many sins."
-Fighting inside a sphere
-Pop out the chest to keep alignment.
-The scapula is the hammer of the gun. It cocks the tension and intensity prepping for release. Revolve the tension between right and left depending on the motion.
-Impact on shoulder spring flows to back leg
-Different types of strikes (palms, fists, uppercuts) are designed for different targets. No meat against meat or bone against bone.

-Do movements at a constant speed. Don't program it jerky.
-Fast movements is good for fleshing out the style, being creative and seeing what comes up.
-Slow movement is good for programming
-Practicing martial applications by oneself is good for creativity and fleshing out applications.
-Little hops to bring fajing into any movement anywhere.
-Double slap
-Serak prioritizes structure above all else.
-Make contact at all levels. Attack and disable quickly.

-How to be heavy and light? Be what is needed without attachment. Shift readily and effortlessly revolving constantly between Heaven and Earth.

-Open Palms and closed fists change your state of mind. They are both mudras within martial arts.
-Palms attack, defend, and manipulate the persons body

-Palms….meditate on this.
-Palm and fist….mediate on this.
-Fists….meditate on this.

-Telegraphing….meditate on this.

-From the 1st contact one must be victorious. With every loss ones chance grows graver. With every victory chance moves in your favor. The truly cunning can turn failure into victory….be wary and without egoism.

-Each posture has its applications…and each posture flows into other postures. All postures represent a structure within a way of working/moving. Program the right structure and posture and you have a flowing way of fighting.
-Kudas are a system of interlinking grooves and parts. Movement breathes life into the pictures.
-All Kudas link together on a line. From line to line within each posture you transition.

-Watch OldSchool Kung Fu Movies

-2-3 points of contact
-Cimande arm conditioning exercises. Iron body.
-Elbow strikes from juru is good for bringing torque into close spaces…just like the hop punches

Speed and timing are inter-related. If your opponent is faster then you must have better timing. You must know him and see the source of his every movement.

When your opponent drops do not give him a moments breath. From high to low to middle to high attack him. Follow the kudas.

Develop and program fast striking pattern
Program deflections and movements
Work on feeling the line in all kudas
Pick of rocks with toes
Practice leg grips on poles
Each Kuda is an entire martial art
Minor sweeps can show minor imbalances for continued striking
Create my own forms, play spontaneously and see what comes out
Your feet are your hands and your hands are your feet

-Create intent for each motion. Practice that way. Possibly merge positive states (secret smile) with intents, be playful.

Sinking chi causes kuda postures to sink.
Tai Chi principle of Fight with your mind.
When posture is aligned the center is activated.
Create a duplicate of myself to learn Silat faster

-The more efficient your movements the greater advantage you have over your opponent. The more time to react and strike.

Be aware of your body and its relationship to your opponent versus projecting your chi to him. If your aware of relationships between opponent in you....good stuff. Distance and timing then naturally come into play.

Eyes will often deceive you, feel.
4 elements of Hoshin in Silat
Meditate on moving smoothly in the system.
Most powerful weapon is your mind
Learn to move and break others poles by exploring my own.
Mushin training. Energy seems to rise to the 3rd eye.
Sumatran tiger offerings
Haaa and Chi exhaling
Being a tuning fork on the earth to sense movement
Diamond in the square footwork

Upward flow emptiness meditation for martial practice. Aligns posture and awareness.
You have a relationship to your opponents movement. He reacts to you and you react to him. This can be applied energetically via intent.

Add a little earth energy to root
Add intuition to Silat just like i do in massage
Grounding the jurus by practicing them low
Isometrics and DVR in silat to build strength
Grounding Jurus by practicing them low
Fights are settled in an instant. Know that instant.
Anchor elements and mental states to silat
Work out hard so you can trigger adrenal state and thus know what a reall fight will be like
Practice footwork via langkhas
Learned to manipulate the opponent with your hands and arms

There is no time for the linear mind in a fight. Program reflexes and strategies into yourself so you react immediately without thinking.

Own the space
Be soft. Soft striking is stronger and it is easier to manipulate your opponent when soft.

If my martial skill does not come from the true self then it will always be dualistic and therefore flawed.




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