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 Silat Tua Penang, as well as Gayong Harimau And Silat Tomoi. We are also influenced by Seni Silat Kuntao Tekpi Malaysia and Seni Silat Gayong. 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 a lot of opportunity to train with Pendekar Paul deThours. We currently bring Prof Jak to Kentucky Grapplers twice a year to continue our Silat education as well as making trips to Malaysia.
Prof Jak's family style Harimau Berantiai is our primary Silat system. Harimau Berantai is blade 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 Pukalan (striking) and Kunchin (grappling) methods. Twice a year Prof Jak comes to teach and test us while he is here for a public seminar. Keep an eye out for upcoming Silat seminars by Prof Jak here at Kentucky Grapplers.
Seminars in Harimau Berantai Silat available with Guru Kevin Taylor.
Silat Tua (Old Silat)
is a style of silat originating in the Pattani kingdom, now a state of Thailand. It is primarily practiced in northern Malaysia and southern Thailand.