SILAT | PIPER | PANGAMOT
Pencak Silat is the native martial art of Indonesia and Malaysia, but has connections to the Philippines and the Nusantara archipelago as well. The emphasis on most Silat systems is small bladed weapons, fast entries, trapping and extreme close quarter combat. Imbalancing, body contortion and brutal takedowns are the name of the game in Pencak Silat, usually with a knife involved as well. Due to the influence of several migratory eras, Pencak Silat draws from several influences, including Indian Kalaripayattu, Chinese Kung Fu and it's own indigenous fighting methods. Because of this, systems from across the length of Indonesia will frequently appear wildly different in movement and posture.
With near-identical combat tactics and philosophy, the Filipino and Indonesian martial arts blend seamlessly into one another, and compliment the overall fighting abilities of the practitioner.
Piper is the knife system of South Africa, as opposed to the ubiquitous philosophy of conventional martial arts, Piper is a stab-killing system. There is so philosophy of restraint, inner peace or self-development, Piper is at once ugly and brutal, using intricate hand maneuvers and close-range bladework coupled with deceptive pattern-to-target training to attack the eyes, throat and heart of an opponent. Piper isn't as deep or comprehensive as most other combat systems, and each practitioner develops their own version of it after the basic training has been mastered.
Pangamot is a subsystem of Filipino Martial Arts, and literally means “Maneuvering of the hands”, originating from the root word “Kamut”, meaning “Hand” in Cebuano dialect, and mainly used in the Mindanao & Visayan regions. Although it covers a wide spectrum of skills, it is commonly noted for unarmed defense against a weapon. Pangamot is the study of several different areas at once; to recognize a disarm situation by feel as opposed to sight (tactile acuity vs. visual acuity), to sense when you are in potential danger of a disarm, sensitivity to counter the disarm, opportunities for striking and locks & unbalancing methods for takedowns. Combining trace elements of Filipino boxing, Kicking, Eskrima and joint locks, Pangamot is at once practical and esoteric. It embraces change, and the adaptation to new methods, while it’s roots lay in the classical style.
The entire body us used as a striking tool in Pangamot. You can head butt, elbow, finger jab, pinch, bite, punch, kick, knee, slap, tear, & stomp. As opposed to standard blocking in a rooted stance, Pangamot favors parrying and evasions used in conjunction with footwork & body English identical to the movement found in the weapon based training, often with limb destructions. The understanding of weaponry leads to the knowledge of leverage, evasiveness, and motions to be used for the locking, choking and throwing segments of empty hand training. Because Pangamot focuses on empty hands *against* a weapon, evasion skills are developed to a much higher degree, along with counters and reversals. Parry and entry tactics are employed from day one, with concentration on sensitivity & weapon awareness.