Silat is a general term that is applied to hundreds of fighting styles throughout SouthEast Asia. Because of its focus on blade techniques, joint-breaks, and "dirty fighting," it has sometimes been regarded as an unscrupulous jungle art. Nothing could be further from the truth. While Silat offers an effective method of combat, it is also grounded in moral and ethical traditions; encouraging students to use the lessons of physical training as a means of becoming better people.
Pencak Silat Mande Muda is a lifelong path for personal growth and physical development. With rich cultural roots, this art includes unique and powerful combat techniques, exotic graceful movements, and unusual yoga-like exercises for developing strength and flexibility. Preset patterns of techniques, called Kembangan, are performed to traditional Indonesian music, helping the practitioner to develop the rhythmic movements that are characteristic of the Indonesian arts.