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Knife Point

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:42

Knife pointby Guru Scott McQuaid

Make no mistake the world is at war, although it is not an official war with uniforms and troops invading lands, it is still a war that is taking lives. Obviously there are actual wars ongoing in various countries and the recent attacks on civilians in our local areas are a result of these wars from far away.

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Concept Weapons

Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:39

Concept Weaponsby Guru Scott McQuaid


During my study in combat, I have come across many irregular weapons that do not immediately take the spotlight in their respected martial art systems. I have been fortunate enough to train in some of these concept weapons, so I decided to share a brief introduction to them.

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Hit & Move

Thursday, 13 October 2016 23:10

Hit and Moveby Guru Scott McQuaid

Every martial art talks about moving off the centerline away from the attack, but very few talk about the movement after. It has been stated many times that without footwork the best technique will undoubtedly be ineffective, simply because the practitioner is not in the correct position to capitalize on their actions.

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Topang Silat

Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:46

Topang Silatby Guru Scott McQuaid

Many Silat systems from across South East Asia have adopted the Topang weapon into their arsenal. This blunt design of weapon was designed mostly for blocking against blades; it generally consists of a pair of sticks with a perpendicular handle attached a third of the way down the length of the stick, measuring around 15-20 inches long. The wood differs from bamboo to red or white oak.

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Divergent Stripes

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:17

Silek Harimau Minangkabauby Guru Scott McQuaid

The historical study of martial arts is complex. Written evidence mostly does not exist and the teachings of the art is handed down from teacher to student by word of mouth.

The combat system of Pencak Silat originated from the Indonesian archipelago and then spread to the Malaysian Peninsular across into Thailand and onto the islands of the Philippines. Evidence of silat in Indonesia dates back to the sixth century, from the two kingdoms of Srivijaya in Sumatra and the Majapahit in Java.

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Martial Boxers

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:29

Martial Boxersby Guru Scott Mcquaid

The art of combat comes in many configurations, from wrestling to boxing to the martial arts, with each having their own techniques and disciplines. The blend of these fighting arts formed MMA (mixed martial arts), which in itself has created a new unique style of combat. The age old question asked by many has been which style of fighting is better, boxing or martial arts. Who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali.

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Disfiguring Silat - The Rise of Silat Olahraga

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:16

Silat OlahragaSilat is the indigenous martial art that originates from Sumatra, then it spread across Indonesia's archipelago into Malaysia's peninsula, into Singapore, Thailand, Laos and the islands of the Philippines. Since the first recorded documents of silat in the 16th century this fighting art was rarely seen outside Southeast Asia. During the 1970s and 1980s, various styles of Silat began to emerge on Western shores. Due to the secretive nature of the art up held by the Indonesian and Malay people, unobtrusive silat schools blended into the landscape of conventional martial art clubs in places like London, Paris, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

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Blade Craft

Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:12

Blade Craftby Guru Scott McQuaid

In the search for survival one must be willing to kill, for when it comes to blade combat, it is not so much about fighting as it is about surviving. Most knife attacks are not fights, but rather assassinations. If your adversary does draw a blade during conflict, then they intend to use it, so the victim needs to quickly become the slayer.

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The Elephant General - Legend Of Gajah Mada

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:59

Legend of Gajah Madaby Guru Scott McQuaid

One of the most prominent figures in Indonesian history is that of the Gajah Mada. His name translates to the ‘Elephant General’. I’m sure his infamous appearance had something to do with his naming. According to ancient Javanese manuscripts and folk based poems, this warrior became the prime minister of the Majapahit Kingdom during the rise of the Majapahit realm from the 9th to the 13th century bringing the empire to its peak of glory.

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The Death Blade - The Evolution of The Karambit

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 23:07

The Death Blade - The Evolution of The Karambitby Guru Scott McQuaid

The karambit blade is arguably the most unique, efficient and deadliest blade used in South East Asia’s silat fighting arts. This knife can tear through flesh like paper, cut off fingers with little effort and disembowel a human with one swipe.

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Cabang - The Untold Story

Sunday, 01 February 2015 16:55

Cabang, Sai, Tekpiby Guru Scott McQuaid

The art known as silat has always been associated with some of the most unique and deadliest combat weapons used on the battlefield. The cradle of silat is within the Indonesian archipelago and the Malay peninsula, there are over a hundred different styles of silat and each system employs bladed weapons.

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Senjata Silat

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:33

Senjata Silat

by Guru Scott McQuaid

Indonesia's mass archipelago is home to many Pencak Silat fighting systems and each style has their preferred weapon. The Keris knife is perhaps the most influential and famous weapon associated with pencak silat and the Karamabit blade is another popular choice, but there are many more practical and deadlier weapons used within silat.

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Kilat Takes on the World

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:25

Kilat the Lightning

by Nur Aqidah Azizi

It's a dream team. With some of Hollywood's biggest names behind it, Tarantella Picture's new film, Kilat: The Tale Of Keris, looks promising. There is Ian Bailie, who has worked on films such as Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Reign Of Fire. There is Takamatsu Ogawa, who has composed music for motion pictures such as Back To The Future and Gothika. There’s also Jack Waltzer, who has coached many of America's heavyweight names such as Dustin Hoffman and Roman Polanski. With their involvement, Kilat is set to be a hit on the international stage.

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World War II Silat

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:23

Silat in World War II

by Guru Scott McQuaid

The year is 1942. The Japanese have invaded the Indonesian archipelago, they advance into West Sumatra and encounter some resistance from the Minangkabau people. The Minangkabau are a matrilineal tribe credited with the invention of Silat Pau, a deadly form which was used by the Jago, a semi mythic figure who would appear for assassinations and generally to make havoc for occupiers trying to take the Minang lands.

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The Arts of Mars

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:24

Guru Scott McQuaidby Guru Scott McQuiad

Martial arts is the generic term used for combat systems of codified practices used in self-defense. The term martial arts derives from Latin being the ‘Arts of Mars,’ the Roman god of war and although this term has become heavily associated with the fighting arts of Eastern Asia, the phrase actually originated from Europe sometime during the 1950s. The term was used in regards to the combat systems of Europe back then. In a 1639 English fencing manual the term martial arts was used in reference specifically to the ‘Science and Art’ of swordplay.

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The Chained Tiger - Origins of Harimau Berantai Silat

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:27

The Chained Tiger - Origins of Harimau Berantai Silatby Guru Scott McQuaid


I immigrated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to study blade fighting with world-renowned blade master Maha Guru Jak Othman. My preferred pencak silat style is Minangkabau Silek Harimau and I wanted to evolve the blade work within the style. Guru Jak accepted me as his student and I began my training in this Javanese system, Harimau Berantai Silat. Over the years I did manage to evolve the Minangkabau Harimau art while still maintaing the styles structure and mindset towards combat. But I also became efficient as a student in Harimau Berantai. This Indonesian art is both old and rare and the knife techniques are very real and extremely deadly. With the blessing of my blade teacher Maha Guru Jak Othman I am opening the doors of this silat style, giving an insight into this closely guarded secret art. Life’s tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

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Kali Silat - The Origins of the Stick

Thursday, 20 February 2014 18:21

Kali Silat - The Origins of the Stickby Guru Scott McQuaid

Stick fighting is as old as man. The very object of the stick has been constantly used as a tool for survival, in hunting, farming, gathering, measuring, laboring and fighting. The martial arts are a blend of cultures and ideas from around the world, there is no singular creation, there will always be influence from somewhere else. There are various terms for Filipino stick fighting but for the sake of this article and my preferred theory I will use the phrase Kali.

This stick fighting art displays a rich heritage from various sources upon the Philippines shores. To understand this stick style, we must examine the history and importance of stick combat.

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Silat Adat

Monday, 04 November 2013 12:02

Silat Adat

by Guru Scott McQuaid

The word 'Adat' refers to the indigenous traditions and customs practiced within the Pencak Silat tribes. The adat comprises laws and guidelines regulating in aspects of life that are woven into Indonesian historical facts, legends and proverbs.

The Indonesian forms of pencak silat are a practical combative system that incorporates the concepts of change but the rituals and customs remain rooted in tradition. Preserving the adat in its complete and original interpretation from a physiological and psychological standpoint should ensure that the style of silat will not divert from its root of origin.

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Kapak Warriors

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:25

Kapak Warriorsby Guru Scott McQuaid 


I first came across the Kapak Kecil weapon while I was on my merantau traveling through Sumatra. This was back in 1996 when I was visiting Lake Toba in the North of Sumatra, this region is Batak tribe territory. I saw the small axe in a shanty type store on the remote island. I had seen images of pesilats holding this weapon in books about the art but never actually seen one up close. This weapon is unusual and even more rare to find a teacher that actually knows how to use it in combat. It would not be until 2009 when I immigrated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to train with Maha Guru Jak Othman in the weapon based pencak silat system known as Harimau Berantai Silat or Tiger Chained Silat, when I would come across this vicious looking weapon again. Maha Guru Jak was showcasing the various weapons the Berantai clan warriors used back in the day and it was then when he demonstrated the deadly applications of the kapak kecil. Since that time I have continued to train with Guru Jak in the various weapons in silat and continued to learn the traditional buahs and movements of kapak kecil.

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The Making of "Silek Harimau: The Minangkabau Art of War"

Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:55

The Making of Silek Harimau: The Minangkabau Art of War

by Guru Scott McQuaid

This demonstration film was always a part of my initial intention to spread the word of harimau silat and secure its legacy. I first wanted to document the historical aspects of our art with the ‘Dark Gift’ documentary and then start production on ‘Silek Harimau: The Minangkabau Art Of War’ as a follow-up film. The Dark Gift took seven years to produce and as I was coming to a final cut on that feature I immediately started to shoot this demo film.


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