Village Of The Keris: The Art of Bun Dai Sara
Village of the Keris: The Art of Bun Dai Sara is a unique journey into the south of Thailand where martial arts practice has been deeply shrouded in secrecy for hundreds of years.
In this woven fabric of ancient sila systems, nothing is more mysterious or revered than the distinctive dagger known as the Keris. Here for the first time we will be lead into the Village of the Keris, a place where many of the master Keris smiths reside and ply their ancient trade.
Guru Atabu, one of the great artisans of the Bun Dai Sara lineage, will introduce us to the art of Keris making as well as the training rituals in learning how to use and train this deadly and much revered weapon.
DVD bonus features include:
The Beauty Of The Keris
Malay Keris Usage And Demonstration
Extensive Stills Gallery
Running Time: 50 Minutes
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The Keris, a mysterious, asymmetrical dagger with a wavy blade, is usually associated with the martial art of Silat. It is both a weapon and a spiritual object. Viewers are shown how the Kreis is made, as well as combat applications.
Guru Atabu, a master craftsman from Raman, Yala, explains the art of Keris making. He also demonstrates the training rituals and Kris fighting techniques of the Bun Dai Sara system of Sila (Thai Silat). Different segments show evasion and stepping patterns, thrusting, using the sheath in combat, partner training, and more.
Malaysian masters are also featured in "Village of the Keris". Guru Azlan Ghanie demonstrates Silat Melayu Kreis Lok 9, a system that teaches the Kreis as "a basic weapon of war," designed "to give a deeper understanding of both armed and unarmed combat".
A brief segment discusses Tomoi, the Malay art of kickboxing. Master Dowd shows some empty handed applications that combine both Tomoi and Silat. His techniques are simple, powerful, and practical, and his energy is infectious. It would be great to see more on Master Dowd in the future.
Overall, "Village of the Keris" is a fascinating, informative DVD that covers an art and weapon that gets little to no mainstream coverage. Unlike most Southeast Asian martial arts, which were developed by Buddhist cultures, we explore arts and weapons with an Islamic background. Once again, Vincent Giordano takes you on a journey to a world most Westerners are never exposed to. Anyone interested in Silat, blades, and metalwork will appreciate "Village of the Keris".
The meat of the DVD has Guru Atabu instructing on the making of the Keris as well as a form and application. Like Muay Thai's 1-2-Round Kick, the "Village of the Keris" DVD is a good combination of overview, history, and technique. Excellent production values and good information makes this a good DVD. I highly recommend the "Village of the Keris" DVD to anyone with interest in Silat, Keris, Thai arts, as well as to any martial artists who contemplate travelling to different countries to train from the source.
beautiful pictures of blades and sheaths, which are used along the knife.
It starts with a general overview of the most famous Thai bare knuckle systems like muay Korat and muay chaiya and takes us south to the Thai province of Yala where the village and the master are presented.
It's rare material, I had never heard of this not even when in Thailand so it's
a good opportunity to know more about the system and the different usage of the keris in a neutral light-which doesn't happen often.
All in all, it's a learning experience, the dvd has to be viewed more than once in order to process all the information and to further the learning following the different reference sources that are given.
Highly recommended to martial artists and to anyone interested in different cultures.