"Guru Maul is careful to give many details.. I find this silat a very complete art.. Good Training" - Sifu Sandro Cea, Wing Chun Italy
Another successful Silat Suffian Bela Diri - International Bruneian Martial Arts Seminar.
This is the 9th public seminar for the 2008 SSBD World Tour.
The Seminar was hosted and organized by the SSBD Italian group leader - Carlo Andreis (AMADA Gym Association) in Desenzano Del Garda, Italy. It was held in the afternoon of 19th April 2008, from 2.30 pm to 6pm.
90% of the participants are Instructors and practitioners from varied martial arts styles attended, from Indonesian Silat, Filipino Kali, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Capoeira, Lao Long Dao (vietnamese), Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate etc, left their ego at the door and came to experience, give support and exchange ideas. It was great to see old faces (friends) and welcoming the new.
I would like to convey my deepest appreciation to all those who participated for their openess and determination to attend the Bruneian Martial Arts Seminar. To Carlo and Daniele Panni for their organizational skills, to those translating for me in the seminar - Marco Banfi, Enrico Luciolli and Juan Moreno. Christian Alfano, Tony Nowak, Ivano Buzzi, Alex Bombana, Manuelle Merlin, etc for being great individuals for enduring the responsibility as my recievers in the seminar, and everyone that helped me in this seminar and thier patience in accepting what I have taught. Robert Bozic, Jarko and Victoria who came from far away. My only hope I have not disappointed anyone who participated. My apologies if I miss anyone for whom credit was due or mistakes are made in any spelling, please contact me to correct it.
This workshop like my other events aims primarily to raise the curiosity and awareness among people from different nationalities about the martial heritage and culture of Brunei Darussalam in general.
The grappling arts has existed in every history of every civilization throughout the centuries by different names. Some re-discovered within the few hundred years. In India it's called Kushti (or gusti), the Greeks - Pankration, the Mongolians - bökh, the Turkish - Yağlı Güreş, the Chinese - Shuai jiao (or Shuai-chiao), the Indonesians - Gulat, Filipinos - Dumog, the US - Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, in Japan - Sumo (also judo, jujutsu), in Brazil - Vale Tudo and BJJ, etc.
Regardless of its name or where it came from, we still have 2 arms and 2 legs, you either throw, choke, lock or break - grappling is grappling, what makes them different is the intention and training method, is it for sports or survival.
This seminar covers the basics of the Crocodile Groundwork Sub-system of SSBD. Due to the devistating nature of the techniques instructed, they are NOT meant for sport application or competitions. The ground work done in SSBD are done in a way so that we can use our knives more efficiently, it is not meant for fighting unarmed or fighting fairly, those attributes comes with the process.
Mechanics of the Buaya Sub-system
What makes the buaya (crocodile) is that a major part of its take downs, locks, chokes, breaks and tears are done with the legs - using the crocodile's tail so to speak, so that the arms are free to use weapons or for striking.
The seminar covered basic take downs, then progressing to the flowing arm and leg locks and ballistic striking on the ground. It also covered basic knife usage in silat ground fighting.
The participants were first instructed how to intercept and destroy incoming attacks. Then proceed to the fundamental mechanics of attacking take downs and throws.
On the ground, instructions on flowing leg locks and arm locks were address in terms of restraining the attacker to deliver strikes and learning to use the blade on the ground.
Everything has a place in its own time
The seminar topics are just "options" when confronted with dangers in unfamilar environment. Not as a set or specific technique that you have to do. Everything has a place in its own time. If a person is fortunate he may never have to use the movements taught in the seminar in his life time, but muggings and attacks happend in places where you least expect them to be - rainy muddy parks, wet small alleys, slippery dark corners, icy pathways, etc; environment where you may find yourself on the ground weather you want to be there or not. Muggers and attackers usually choose environments and situations that are more advantageous to them and inconvinient for the victim, having some knowledge of what to do during these "times of less fortunate" may help to lessen the risk of injury or death in the victims part.
Feedbacks from the seminar, during and after the event was very encouraging. Everyone wanted to know more about Bruneian Martial Arts and Brunei Darussalam in general.
Please enjoy the picture from this event.