Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Seni Silat Telapak Nusantara (First Level)

This first level uses Seni Silat Bongsu which is the fundamental key for each and every level in this style. It must be mastered and become ingrained into the subconscious, available to be utilized when needed. This is important in advancing to the next level which is expansive and requires deeper understanding.

At this stage, langkah (step) and buah (technique) are relatively obvious and straight forward, although the names of the langkah and buah differ from their actual applications. The usage of the left and right sides of the body is practiced from the very beginning, encouraging the practitioner to become ambidextrous. There are mainly 2 methods in practicing this level; the original 'bongsu' way; which is simple, and the ancient way; which is complex and difficult.

The simple ‘bongsu’ way will be used at the beginning, followed by the ancient way. The ancient way involves deeper methods within practice like breathing, spiritual movements, concentration, and a few other esoteric methods. The performance art or 'Silat Pengantin'; the so-called 'Bunga Bongsu' or Bongsu flowery movements - will train the basics of being creative whilst utilizing actual techniques.

It will cultivate a silat exponent who will not freeze in the face of evolving and demanding situations. Its practice is the beginning steps towards developing the mind of a dignified warrior. The movements will always be guided, and their actions will always be accurate, their technique will always be varied and graceful when performed. The movements are diverse, evolving and fluid, with the beauty of a dance but with the latent potential of martial application. These are amongst the things that must be felt.

2 comments:

  1. Assalammualaikom wtb ya ustaz.....lama tak on blog.

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  2. wa 'alaikumus salam. sibuk sikitlah. minggu lepas baru balik hantar anak-anak ke madrasah di kedah dan macam-macam lagilah. penat dan selalu kurang sihat sikit.

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