Training

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There are four basic elements of Pentjak Silat training:

Seni (se nee) or the artistic aspect which consists primarily of forms.

Bela diri which are staged, choreographed sequences of attack and defense.

Tanding which is sparring, often in a tournament environment.

The spiritual and mental aspect of the art.

The primary emphasis in Chester Mellonius’s classes is on open hand techniques for self-defense. There is great attention in the forms and bela diri training to relate the movements to practical street application. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests. Sparring techniques are taught but are not the main emphasis.

action_2The argument against an emphasis on sparring is that it represents a watered down version of Pentjak Silat since many strikes, holds, and techniques are banned from competition. Thus, one who focuses on sparring may be omitting crucial aspects of Silat.

Traditionally, Pentjak Silat was a bladed combat art. In Manyang training, weapons come after the student has mastered fundamental techniques

Classes are open to anyone, however, Silat is a demanding art and requires dedication and practice.

Chester Mellonius is an outstanding instructor for children. Classes for non-adults are age appropriate with emphasis on conditioning, avoiding and escaping stranger threats,discipline and strong work ethic, forms and bela diri.

There are four basic elements of Pentjak Silat training:

Seni (se nee) or the artistic aspect which consists primarily of forms.

Bela diri which are staged, choreographed sequences of attack and defense.

Tanding which is sparring, often in a tournament environment.

The spiritual and mental aspect of the art.

The primary emphasis in Chester Mellonius’s classes is on open hand techniques for self-defense. There is great attention in the forms and bela diri training to relate the movements to practical street application. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests. Sparring techniques are taught but are not the main emphasis.

The argument against an emphasis on sparring is that it represents a watered down version of Pentjak Silat since many strikes, holds, and techniques are banned from competition. Thus, one who focuses on sparring may be omitting crucial aspects of Silat.

Traditionally, Pentjak Silat was a bladed combat art. In Manyang training, weapons come after the student has mastered fundamental techniques

punchClasses are open to anyone, however, Silat is a demanding art and requires dedication and practice.

Chester Mellonius is an outstanding instructor for children. Classes for non-adults are age appropriate with emphasis on conditioning, avoiding and escaping stranger threats,discipline and strong work ethic, forms and bela diri.

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