Pencak Silat (Silat) is the generic term for the indigenous martial arts of the Indonesian/Malay archipelago. Silat has played an important role in the history and culture of Indonesian and Malay peoples.

Traditionally, Silat formed part of the education of all young men, and was an integral part of a boy's path to manhood. Silat employs natural body movements and develops balance and economy of movement in each individual. It can be practiced purely for sport and fitness, for the aesthetic beauty of the art or for the chance to learn one of the world's few remaining complete traditional martial arts systems.

Content taken from Asian Pencak Silat Federation.

 

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