Photographer's Note

Malays Silat
This group of youngsters were about to perform a silat in front of people in a small festivals in their institution.
This more of a performance rather than a real attack and defence show.
It is a bit slow and demonstrative to show the people about the silat's pose, movement and skills.
So this shot is more of an individual expression rather that the real silat, but it do give some idea of the silat.
The attire are the one that is normally
worn bt the pesilat.
From :
Silat is a collective word for martial arts created in the Malay Archipelago and Malay Peninsula of Southeast Asia. Originally developed in what is now Indonesia, peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand and Singapore, silat was also traditionally practiced in Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. As a result, it is closely related to other Southeast Asian martial arts including krabi krabong and eskrima. Practitioners are called pesilat. The Chinese fusion of silat is known as kuntao[1]
Silat :
There are hundreds of different styles but they tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, bladed weapons, throws, animal-based techniques or some combination thereof. Silat schools are overseen by separate national organizations in each of the main countries the art is practiced.
The origin of the word silat is unknown. Although one theory states that it comes from the Minang word silek,[2] the etymology of silek itself cannot be traced. Another theory is that it comes from the word silambam, which has long been practiced by the Indian community of Malaysia. Other similar-sounding words have been proposed as the derivation of silat but none have been proven.

Originally the word silat was used as a generic term for martial arts, including systems from outside the region. Some Malay-speakers (especially in Indonesia) still use the word as such, as can be seen in the term ilmu silat (knowledge of silat) which can used for any fighting style. Today, the noun silat has a formidable arsenal of terms used to refer to martial arts in Southeast Asia.[1] It is usually called pencak silat in Indonesia or silek in the Minangkabau language. Some examples of the word's application in Malaysia and Singapore include seni silat (art of silat) and seni bela-diri (art of self-defence).

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  • Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 966 W: 0 N: 1364] (7101)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-10-28
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Camera: Nikon D80
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
  • Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-11-04 17:42
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