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Silat for the Street: Using the Ancient Martial Art for Self-Defense in the 21st Century Paperback – August 1, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0897502124
- ISBN-13 : 978-0897502122
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Black Belt Communications (August 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richardson offers the central problem facing Silat and other arts: The divide between Pencak (the art) and Silat (the fighting). Similarly in kung fu, I've heard of demonstration and form champions referred to as having "flower fist and brocade leg." Ultimately, it's the difference between dancing and fighting, between applying techniques to compliant partners and executing techniques on resisting opponents intent on hurting you. It's a kung fu problem, a karate problem, a Taekwondo problem, a Japanese jujitsu problem, the Aikido problem.
Richardson is upfront on the problem he faced: A six-month white belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu easily countered his years of Silat grappling. He had little to no answer on the mats. Richardson had trained in Silat under Dan Inosanto; he had fought in the Dog Brothers' full-contact weapons contests. Richardson retooled, earned a BJJ black belt with the Machando brothers, extensively studied Muay Thai (which he says is derived from Silat) and revised his approach. BJJ and Muay Thai, like boxing, follow a scientific method of testing and refinement. Richardson applied the same to Silat to tweak body positioning, to allow for the various head twists and tilts that -- as-is -- weren't dropping skilled grapplers with strong necks.
The learning process shows. Richardson offers covered entries, guards, defenses and their potential issues, throws and ground work. The emphasis on defensive skills often is rare. Most books offer a few parries or blocks, which may deflect one punch but would fail before an onslaught. Richardson's techniques allow for deflection and entry to execute the throws and sweeps he shows. Richardson shows some great takedowns, from the ground, of standing opponents intent on kicking or stomping -- the way many ground fights really go. He then layers in the truly violent throws, MCL- and ACL-destroying leg kicks and other techniques that could maim an opponent. The author offers advice on how to train these realistically, some just by obtaining the correct body position, others by modifying the intent. I've seen the same approach in Japanese jujitsu and Judo, where the competition-banned techniques often are isolated or trained on stacked mats so you can practice without crippling a partner or breaking their neck.
Some of the throws and ground sweeps mirror Judo and catch-wrestling and those found in other grappling arts. People, after all, have a universal bodily structure. Richardson expertly divides and explains the sections into a lesson plan covering all ranges of fighting, and where they bleed together. It's a dense book, and benefits from re-readings and thorough practice. The throws are quick and dirty, and their only intent is to slam someone to the ground and hurt them on the way down -- similar enough to Chinese Sanshou or the throws of pugilism under the London Prize Ring rules.
Pros of the book:
Well written, great examples, detailed descriptions
Cons of the book:
Needs more pictures, book was too short, and could've had more (or large section) in the book dealing with counter-offensive techniques with empty hand vs. armed assailant (empty hand vs. knife wielding attacker).
Overall, a great purchase and definitely belongs in the library of one's FMA library collection.!!!!