Renowned silat instructor Burton Richardson, who has cross-trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kali, jeet kune do and muay Thai, reveals what his knowledge of those systems and MMA helped him identify as the best silat tactics and techniques for modern self-defense.His "Silat for the Street" breaks down fights into various sections to make them more readily understandable. They include the following: Footwork These movement patterns will give you the advantage when you need to attack an opponent. Entries They will enable you to safely and dynamically enter into close quarters, where you can fire your weapons or execute a takedown. Clinch positions These inside control positions will permit you to trap your opponent s arms, neck or body while minimizing your chance of being hit. Takedowns These moves offer a variety of methods for getting an opponent on the ground, all of which are explained in detail. Ground fighting This part of silat enables you to quickly dispatch an opponent if you end up on the ground. Sarong tactics This section demonstrates how you can use a towel or jacket as a makeshift weapon of self-defense."
Silat for the Street: Using the Ancient Martial Art for Self-Defense in the 21st Century
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