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Majapahit Silat

Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:33

Majapahit Silatby Guru Scott McQuaid

Many scholars consider Indonesia to be the cradle of Pencak Silat, the word silat is believed to have come from the word sekilat meaning "as fast as lightning". This is a common theory used to describe the motions of combat before eventually shortening the word to silat. Some believe that the origin of the word pencak comes from the Sanskrit word “pancha” meaning five, or it may have come from the Chinese phrase “pencha” meaning avert or deflect.

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Monday, 01 April 2013 15:11

Muhammad Ali vs Bruce Lee Fightby Guru Scott McQuaid


My first introduction to combat was when I was only six years old. I followed my older brother to our local boxing gym and it was there I learned the basic principals of punching. I soon turned my attention to the martial arts after seeing the Bruce Lee movie ‘Enter The Dragon’. I began training in karate but after two years I found myself back in the boxing gym working the bag.

I would not step in a dojo again until I was fourteen years old when I took up Ju-Jitsu; shortly after I started to train in Muay Thai boxing alongside the Japanese style. After two years of both these arts I resorted once again back to the western pugilistic square ring.

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A Student's Journey

Monday, 01 April 2013 14:27

Brendan Lanza - A Student's Journey in Silek Harimau Minangkabauby guest writer Brendan Lanza

I have been involved with silat for a number of years now; it is a passion and a way of life. My background included other martial arts as well. I have seen a number of teachers and have been in a number of sparring matches in my time. I came to Malaysia in an attempt to find out more about how modern silat was progressing, first hand, in the “cradle of silat,” (Southeast Asia) so to speak. 

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Tongkat Pesilats

Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:16

Guru Scott McQuaid - Tongkatby Guru Scott McQuaid

The region of South East Asia is renown for their blade and stick fighting systems, despite all martial art styles being practiced today from an unarmed hand-to-hand approach almost all combative arts were developed with a weapon in hand first before adapting to the unarmed last line of defense.

The most basic and first weapon adopted to the preferred style was the stick.

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Save the Harimau: A Message From The Harimau Guardians

Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:00

Save the Harimau (Tiger)by Guru Scott McQuaid

At present, there is roughly as low 3,000 tigers left in the wild on this planet, however there are an estimated 5,000 tigers in cages just in the U.S.A. and there are no legitimate reintroduction programs. The reality is that if we do not protect this animal from poaching, the only tigers alive will be the ones behind bars.

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Tomoi Silat

Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:17

Tomoi Silat - Guru Jak Othmanby Guru Scott McQuaid

I have been training in the Minangkabau Silek Harimau style for over two decades and in that time I have been fortunate enough to cross train in many pencak silat systems. While training with my blade teacher Maha Guru Jak Othman in the Harimau Berantai Silat art, I was privileged to be introduced to the rare Malaysian style of Tomoi Silat. Guru Jak is one of a very few that was taught the original form of Tomoi during his years in Kelantan. He produced a demonstration film on the art in 2010 with his senior student Guru Ed Chards and myself. Late last year Guru Jak held a weekend workshop on Pangkor island in Tomoi Silat. It was here that Guru Jak to his silat students or Kru Jak to his Muay Boran kick boxing group trained his class on the beach in this art that bridged the two combative styles together benefiting both martial teams. Since that time I have furthered my studies of Tomoi both physically and historically. I have documented my research to date in this article. So hear what is said, retain what is important, speak what is worthy and attach to nothing.

--Foreword by Guru Scott McQuaid

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The Mythical Origins of Pencak Silat

Saturday, 06 October 2012 20:38

The Mythical Origins of Pencak Silatby Guru Scott McQuaid

During my travels across Indonesia studying and researching the art of silat, I have come across many myths and legends of the origins of pencak silat. These are merely folklore stories but entertaining nonetheless, and like any myth, there may be some truth to the tale. So I have decided to share these stories with those interested in silat and the martial arts.

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Pesilat Bruce Lee???

Monday, 23 April 2012 14:38

Pendekar Bruceby Guru Scott McQuaid

"Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it”.
--Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon in martial arts. He is a key figure of modern popular culture and a pioneer in martial combat. Although his fame is synonymous to kung fu cinema, Bruce Lee was considered a genuine real fighter on and off the screen.

When reviewing Bruce Lee╩╝s fight accounts we can see how versatile he was as a fighter, a visionary that developed his own style of Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist) that solidified him as a modern MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter.

One question that still arises within the pencak silat community is, did Bruce Lee practice silat?

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Silat Pulut - The Silat Wedding Dance

Monday, 23 April 2012 14:02

Silat Pulutby Guru Scott McQuaid

I was recently asked to perform a silat demonstration at a traditional Malay wedding in a village near Melaka. My exposure and focus in silat has always been grounded in the reality base of bela diri (self defense) aspects of the art, I have had very little experience in the seni elements of the art.

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Minangkabau Silek

Saturday, 25 February 2012 14:58

Minangkabau Silekby Guru Scott McQuaid

Sumatran silat or silek as it is known in its original dialect is regarded as rebellious silat, particularly in the Minangkabau provinces where the Minang tribes refused to pay poll tax to the Dutch government during their occupation of Indonesia. This rebellion on the Sumatran island was lead by Guru Neko Raj Api, a practitioner in the Minangkabu Silek Harimau (tiger) system.

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The Scriptures of Hang Tuah

Saturday, 25 February 2012 14:14

Hang Tuahby Guru Scott McQuaid

The cultural town of Melaka (Malacca) is famous in Malaysia for being the trading hub of Asia during the 16th century, opening Melayu’s spice trade to the West and bringing much wealth and foreign culture to the island. For many visitors today the town is a historical center, filled with market stools, old China town’s art shops, ancient mosques, chinese temples and a reconstruction of Melaka’s palace. But there is another domineering presence in this town, a figure that is celebrated on every road, building, sign post, art canvas and many tourist products. This figure is Malaysia’s most famous warrior known for his ferocious silat, his keris skills and his loyalty to the Sultan. This warrior is Hang Tuah.

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The Journey of a Traveling Tiger

Friday, 13 January 2012 21:47

Traveling Tiger

by guest writer Brendan Lanza

“Kahir lived in a village of Cogreg, Bogor. He became a feared pendekar around the year 1760 which was when he first introduced to his students the maempo Cimande moves. ... In Batavia he was able to get acquainted with other silat pendekar(s) from Minangkabau and Cina - masters in the world of silat, and he traded experiences with them. His meeting with other silat pendekar gave him an idea to broaden his horizon by accepting other cultures into his own.”

--Quoted from Gema Pencak Silat Vol 3 no. 1:18-19

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The Making of Dark Gift

Friday, 13 January 2012 21:23

The Making of Dark Gift, Harimau Pencak Silat Documentary

with Director Scott McQuaid

The initial idea of the ‘Dark Gift’ documentary was just to be a reference point for silek harimau practitioners within our aliran (tribe).

I just wanted to have a visual document of the pesilats (silat players) that had gone before me so I had a reference but then from a very small project it started to expand into this epic documentary that took over seven years for me to shoot and produce.

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Seni Silat Maha Guru Championship 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:08

Seni Sila Maha Guru Championship 2011By Guru Scott McQuaid

Kejuaraan Seni Silat Warisan Maha Guru 2011

There are various seni silat events held in Malaysia and Indonesia but the modern world has stripped these gatherings of their true meaning.

In ancient times warriors from various tribes would gather to showcase their combative skills in front of the elder Maha Guru’s datuks (clan leaders).

There was hand to hand combat and precision blade demonstrations, the pesilats respected each other and more importantly they learned from one another.

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Training with the Gurus

Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:22

Guru Scott McQuaidBy Guru Scott McQuaid

'We walk in the footsteps of giants'.

A Guru is one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area. They use this gift to guide others. A guru has the power and wisdom to dissolve spiritual ignorance in a disciple. The title comes with dedication but it is a heavy weight to bare, for with knowledge comes responsibility.

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Voice of the Black Triangle Silat Tribe 2011

Thursday, 24 March 2011 19:12

Guru Scott McQuaid and Pesilat Richard CabelkaBy Pesilat Richard Cabelka

I am a student and pesilat of Harimau Silat in the Black Triangle Silat tribe under Guru Scott McQuaid. In this interview, I am going to ask questions that hopefully will be of interest to those closely familiar with Pencak Silat as well as those just finding out about this unique combat system for the first time. I am hoping that Guru McQuaid with his years of dedication and study of Harimau Silat as well as other systems will be able to shed some light on several controversial issues and debate topics that are prevalent in various online forums and discussions on martial arts in general.

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Karambit - The Last Line of Defense

Monday, 24 January 2011 10:36

Guru Scott McQuaidBy Guru Scott McQuaid

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the experienced mind there are few."

The origins of the karambit blade come from Indonesia’s island of Java, tribal folklore says it was inspired by the claws of the tiger. The karambit was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. As it was weaponized, the blade developed more curve to maximize its cutting potential.

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The Lightning Fast, Bone Crushing Malay Art of War

Thursday, 25 November 2010 22:14

Maha Guru Jak OthmanBy Guru Jak Othman with a foreward by Pendekar Scott McQuaid

Silat is often misunderstood as the Indonesian Martial Art. Maybe this is because most styles of Silat that reached the foreign shores are from Indonesia. We have the old styles like Harimau Minangkabau from Sumatra, Cimande from Java. American base Silat body or styles like Serak from the De Thouars family and Mande Muda by the late Guru Herman Suwanda who had taken elements from more then 20 Indonesian Silat styles into his system. We have Maplindo Silat by Guru Dan Inosanto combining Madjapahit, Indonesia and Philippines Silat styles into his system. The styles mentioned above are among the famous ones outside the countries of origin for Silat.

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Unity or Diversity: The Constitution Of A National Martial Arts In Indonesia

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:58

Dr. Lee WilsonBy Dr. Lee Wilson

Pesilat Dr. Lee Wilson has been a student of Pencak Silat for over two decades. He has studied in various silat systems including Sileik Harimau, Cimande and Kuntao. I can personally vouch for Dr. Wilson having shared many training sessions with him in the past. This article is a prologue to one of two books Dr. Wilson is writing; this particular section of his first book focuses on Indonesia’s pencak silat within its country. I look forward to reading the finished publication in the near future.

—Guru Scott McQuaid

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Harimau Guardians Appeal

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:58

Pendekar Scott McQuaid and the HarimauChinese regard tigers as a symbol of power and strength. In Japan, it is the emblem of the samurai warrior depicting the virtue of courage. The Malaysian police force feature the tiger on its royal shield. This animal is portrayed on many national flags, emblems, mascots and as icons.

As the largest member of the cat family, the panthera tigris is a solitary creature that occupies exclusive territory. Their night vision is six times better than that of man’s, which accounts for their prowess in stalking and killing.


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