Style Focus & Development
With the goal of enabling one to respond and react appropriately to any attacks Silek Tuo Pagu Pagu utilises numerous principles and methods.
Firstly, if viewed in light of martial movements in the Minangkabau arts, there are patterns dominant in their ‘play’, namely:
- Silek with upright position
- Silek with a low position
- Silek crawling position on the ground
- Silek with sitting position (silek duduak)
As such S.T.P.P utilises all of these ranges/environments the enhance its own combat effectiveness. The beginning stages of training centre around the developing of the Gelek (twisting/coiling). Gelek is the basic movement in Pagu Pagu which focusses on hip and feet rotation. It is a foundational avoidance movement in order to evade, capture the attack, counter, lock, break and paralyze or kill. Its development begins with learning the Ampek-Ampek or four-four pattern which is performed both seated and standing.
Once this foundational principle has been understood the training then continues on to teaching five series of attacks and counter attacks, called “induak – induak”. These sequences are designed to train the silek player to be able to defend himself in numerous combative situations. In practicing the five “Induak – induak”, a student very quickly develops the correct reflexes and other neural responses which eventually will allow them to defend against all kinds of attack scenarios.
Once a student is competent in all five Induak, both as the attacker and defender training will then move into the realm of free flow play. This is called ‘Bagaluik’. Image two tiger cubs honing their skills with endless attacks and defences via ‘play’ as they often do. In a similar way bagaluik helps to hone and fine tune the silek players’ skill-sets as well as ‘feeling’; that subtle ability to sense pressure or change and act accordingly. The advancement of this free play is to heighten a players’ senses through ‘dark’ training and also their balance via ‘slippery’ training.