Silat is the collective term for a class of indigenous martial arts from the Nusantara and surrounding geocultural areas of Southeast Asia traditionally practised in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Thailand, Southern Philippines and Southern Vietnam. Governed Internationally by organisations like PERSILAT.
Seni Persilatan Melayu ('art of Malay Silat') or simply Silat, is a combative art of self-defence that employs langkah ('steps') and jurus ('movements') to ward off or to strike assaults, either with or without weapons. Silat has since developed into a fine tradition of physical and spiritual training that embodies aspects of traditional Malay attire, performing art and adat. The philosophical foundation of modern Malay Silat is largely based on the Islamic spirituality. Silat in Malaysia is governed by the National Silat Federation of Malaysia (PESAKA)
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