Silat fighters use a balanced array of offensive and defensive techniques, coordinated footwork and intricate hand movements, which are learned in stages as each fighter grows more advanced in his or her training. Fluid and precise motion is crucial to Silat's complex system of arm and hand strikes, kicks, grappling and takedowns. Fighters sometimes train with weapons, including knives, swords and long or short sticks.
There are four popular and deadly styles of Malaysian silat, these are Lian Padukan, Keris Lok 9, Harimau Silat, and Seni Gayong. Lian Padukan is a style of Silat that emphasizes close range striking. On casual observation, this Silat style has a resemblance to Chinese Wing Chun but has more effective (and violent) takedowns which resemble other style of Silat. Keris Lock Nine is a weapons-based Silat style. The main weapon is the keris or kris, a type of dagger which nine curves (hence the name). Even with the emphasis on bladed weapons, it also an effective open-hand silat style. Harimau Silat or Tiger Silat is a more-ground oriented Silat style with movements imitating a crouching tiger. In addition to emphasis on footwork and explosive takedowns, it has weapons and open-hand techniques in its lethal arsenal. Last but not least is Silat Seni Gayong. It is the silat style taught to all members of the Royal Malaysian Police and Military. It is seen as the more combat oriented of all the Malaysian silat styles and due to its adoption as an official police and military combative system, it seen as the more practical.
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