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.
Plans are currently underway to systemise some teacher training programs however this will be limited as Silek Tuo Pagu Pagu is not an art that can easily be transmitted without hands on face to face contact.
Outside of Indonesia, currently only:
Guru Declan Cummings (Florida – USA)
having completed the system is authorised to teach the full syllabus of Silek Tuo Pagu Pagu, while the following individuals are authorised to teach up to the ‘Induak-Induak’ level:
Johnny Silmon (London – UK)
Mark Young (North Yorkshire – UK)