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Subtle as a Tornado

Friday, 20 August 2010 11:22

Silat TornadoBy Arthur Bird-Davis, Black Panther Kempo Ju-Jitsu UK, Laido Practitioner

As a multi disciplined Martial Artist when you get the opportunity to watch an Art (and I will use the term Art in its fullest sense) you get a sense of envy. Like all martial arts, and I do mean all, and they have to be grouped in the same pool, be they: Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Kick boxing, Ninjitsu and the list goes on. Not many left in this modern era can actually say that they have the level of mysticism of Harimau Silat, like the great explorers who discovered the far East and came back with tales of new lands and new ways of thinking. Martial Arts have to be considered the finest example of man's struggle and his adaptable mentality and physicality that is reflected in his relevant landscape, culture and common enemy.

   
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Silat Weapons of Destruction - Kapak Kecil (Small Axe)

Thursday, 08 July 2010 19:54

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

While the world is still amazed by the effectiveness of the kerambit, there are many more silat weapons still unknown to the rest of the world. I would like to introduce you to a cute little tool, but deadly in the hands of a silat expert. This little one is called kapak kecil, kapak literally means axe and kecil is small or mini.

   
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B A S I C S

Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:49

Basics of Martial ArtsBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

'Excellence is the mastery of the basics.'

The martial arts have always had a higher power stigma attached to them, an array of enlightenment and cosmic force whilst preaching the balance of yin and yang.

There are countless techniques and training excises within these arts that lead us to believe that we can become a super being. With Chinese whisper stories of the dim mak (death touch) and exaggerated examples of chi (body energy), the practicality of studying martial arts can often be lost.

   
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A Fight of One Against Many

Tuesday, 19 January 2010 11:59

A Fight of One Against Many - Dealing with Multiple OpponentsBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

When you stand before three assailants you have but two instincts... fight or flight.

All serious martial art styles should teach students to consider multiple opponents. The student should maintain the awareness of these multiple assailants even when training in their solo exercises.

   
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Voice of the Black Triangle Silat Tribe 2010

Monday, 18 January 2010 11:16

Pendekar Scott McQuaid and Pesilat Ian Llewellyn in West SumatraBy Pesilat Ian Llewellyn

My name is Ian Llewellyn. I am a pesilat (silat player) in the Black Triangle Silat tribe studying the Minangkabau Harimau Pencak Silat system from West Sumatra. My instructor is the exceptional Pendekar Scott McQuaid—an individual I am honored to call my friend. Within this interview I hope to capture a written view of the my teacher's origins and his perspective on silat, combat and life.

   
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Silat in Focus - Merantau Film Review

Monday, 18 January 2010 10:33

Merantau FilmBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

"As I looked up at the cinema screen I thought to myself, silat has stepped out of the shadows."

If you ask most martial artists what made them want to study within the combative arts, usually the answer results in an early childhood movie they watched. Be it Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li or Jean Claude Van Damme, the influence of a martial arts movie along with its action star is the beginning and direction to which particular combat system we will begin training in.

   
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Pencak Silat Harimau Berantai

Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:20

Kru Jak OthmanBy Guru Jak Othman

A figure stands in the shadows, her hands moving gracefully in slow, smooth dance-like gestures as her light footsteps bring her ever closer to you. Her state of subtle grace hides any trace of danger she might pose to you.

   
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Hidden Stripes

Tuesday, 05 January 2010 14:02

Hidden StripesBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

A good walker never leaves tracks.

The Sumatran tiger stalks amongst the deep undergrowth of the Sumatran jungle in Indonesia rarely seen its status is legendary, feared yet worshipped.

A Sumatran tiger measures between eight and ten feet in length and weighs around 264 pounds this predator can pull down an animal four times its size.

   
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A Students' Journey

Friday, 04 December 2009 16:59

A Students' JourneyThe Black Triangle Silat tribe students write about their journey in the dark gift of harimau minangkabau pencak silat.

   
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Urban Combat

Friday, 04 December 2009 16:53

Urban CombatBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

The urban battleground is a place of death, a road to survival or extinction.

In the dense jungles of Indonesia, the Pencak Silat warriors of the seventh century protected their land, family and way of life with this deadly fighting art. The Minangkabau warriors of west Sumatra were the most feared and therefore respected. The harimau (tiger) pentjak silat was the preferred style for this tribe it was developed from the environment the terrain; climate and surroundings, knowing your land could be the difference between living and dieing in battle.

   
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Evolution

Tuesday, 01 December 2009 16:48

Evolution of Martial ArtsBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

'There are over a million ways to take a live, but not one to give it back.'

The martial arts came from the east where legends, myths and traditions are born, as the years passed the arts continued to evolve changing the shape but not the form, with its growth it brought ethics, religion, science, politics, glory and money.
As with any shift of time the changes made good and bad within the fighting arts, the yin and yang balance that rules over all the elements.

   
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Tiger Warriors

Monday, 30 November 2009 16:44

Harimau Minangkabau Pencak Silat WarriorBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

A Harimau warrior is a person who does not stop to think then act, instead they react.

They take no pleasure in battle and are emotionally detached from their opponent. Most silat practitioners will not hold eye contact with their victim; instead they look just off center, gazing through their adversary. There are two reasons for this, the first is that seeing their opponents eyes filled with terror and fear may cloud their judgment and in showing mercy in their attack, they jeopardise their own life. The second reason is so they too do not wither in confidence. Their face shows little expression, as if their mind is far away in thought and not in the moment. The look their face adopts tells only truth and what will be.

   
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Origins

Thursday, 26 November 2009 16:36

Origins of Martial ArtsBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

Seek not to know the answers but to understand the questions.

With superior qualities in both mind and body, we must look to the origins that surround the fighting arts. The martial arts have always been here, shrouded in mystery and tradition, they come from the lands, history, people, environment and culture.

   
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Forgotten Art

Monday, 23 November 2009 16:16

Forgotten African Martial Arts - Abotri ke TahuumoBy Pendekar Suchi Richard Crabbe-de-Bordes & Pesilat Scott McQuaid

The Greeks named Venus the God of War and so we shall name ours...

The art of combat is said to have originated from Egypt, early hieroglyphics document this theory but it was the Greeks that developed and shaped the system of combat, calling it Pankration (game of all powers). The martial arts spawned across Asia from China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia with exceptions from Brazil and Russia. But there was one continent that was over looked... Africa.

   
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Blade Work

Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:09

Blade WorkBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

And so as the blood poured from the cut tendon in my foot, I ask myself... what did I learn.

The blade was designed simply to cut as it evolved from the caveman’s rock flint into metal it spawned various forms. From Europe’s kingdoms of heavy swords to China’s fast, light waited spears to Japan’s sharp elite katana, the blade is constantly changing its shape but never its form.

   
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The Gathering Seminar 2007

Sunday, 15 November 2009 15:56

The Gathering Seminar 2007The urban jungle of Southend-on-Sea, Essex played host to the Black Triangle Silat tribes July 22nd, 2007 seminar aptly named ‘The Gathering’. This event attracted an exclusive gathering of warriors from various Pencak Silat systems and martial art styles, all with the intention to gain experience and fight in the Minangkabau Harimau Pencak Silat system, under the guidance of Pesilat Scott McQuaid, the founder and Pendekar of the Black Triangle Silat tribe. This intensive five hour seminar was free; only a small donation of three pounds was required to help fund the endangered Sumatran tiger. Through silat seminars and other fund raising methods the Black Triangle Silat tribe have raised over two thousand pounds.

   
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Tracking the Guru

Friday, 13 November 2009 17:17

Tracking Maha-Guru Richard Crabbe-de-BordesBy Pendekar Scott McQuaid

A Guru is someone of wisdom, a person who has mastered their trade through trial and error. With the realisation of ones own potential and the self confidence in their ability, they begin to build a better world.

   
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Down but Definitely NOT OUT!

Saturday, 07 November 2009 17:10

Down but Defnitely Not Out - Ground FightingBy Pendekar Paul Bennett

Much has been written in martial arts publications about the need to be combat competent across the ranges. More recently a greater emphasis has been placed around our ability to survive once the fight has gone to the floor. This has been polarized by the popularity of ‘no holds barred’ and associated competitions that seem to confirm the striker’s worst nightmare.

   

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