There are many styles of Silat coming from many countries in Southeast Asia, all of which were connected by the Sunda plate. Malaysia, Indonesia, southern Philippines, southern Thailand, Brunei and parts of Vietnam all have their own version of this deadly, battle tested art. Most of our Silat influences at Kentucky Grapplers comes from Malaysian Silat. Primarily Harimau Beranti and Gayong Harimau as well as Silat Tomoi. We are also influenced by Seni Silat Kuntao Tekpi Malaysia, Seni Silat Gayong, Silat Tua Penang, and Silat Kalam Utama Malaysia. Guru Kevin's Silat training began in England in Gayong Harimau under Professor Jak Othman in the mid eighties. He was then exposed to Silat by Guru Dan Inosanto and Sifu Larry Hartsell. Because of the time spent with Sifu Larry, Kevin had opportunity to train with Pendekar Paul deThours. We currently bring Prof Jak to Kentucky Grapplers twice a year to continue our Silat education.
Prof Jak's family style is Harimau Beranti. It is our primary Silat system. HB is knife oriented both in offense and defense. We study Belati (knife), Kerambit (a curved blade resembling a claw), Kapak Kecil (small axe), Keris, and Sao (known as Sai in Japanese/Okinawan arts). We also study the Puckalan (striking) and Kunchin (grappling) methods. Twice a year Prof Jak comes to teach and test us while he is here for a public seminar.