The origin of the word “silat” is uncertain but most evidences link it to the word “sekilat” which means as fast as lightening, another link it to the word “Si Elat” where Elat means to confuse or deceive.
Silat is a form of martial arts that has been practiced throughout the Malay Archipelago. Civilizations have used it for centuries for fighting and for survival.
Silat can be described as an all-encompassing art since it is infused with Karate, Thai boxing, Kung Fu, and Jiu Jitsu. The reason why a person should learn Silat is because it develops a person internally and externally. Externally it teaches a person moves that he can use for self-defense, and fight any harm that may come his way. Internally this art teaches one discipline, citizenship, morals and values.
The Columbus Martial Arts Academy focuses on teaching different styles of Silat which mainly consist of using punches, throws, joint manipulations and fighting methods. Students are taken through a number of steps:
First step: learn the basics such as langkah, which means steps. In this stage you learn the techniques of where to step and how to step when you are attempting self-defense.
Second step: learn self-preservation, how to sense that you are about to be attacked and plan your attack before you get attacked.
Third step: learn how to use a weapon like a walking stick along with your body to fight off your opponent.