Ramridge Primary School, Turners Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9AH.
In the West, the attitudes to fighting or combat are different to in the East. We are often asked “ Does this work against a jab cross” etc so in light of how people have been trained here- with people knowing a little kickboxing or boxing or some degree of martial art, we decided to reformat the way we teach Silat here.
To that end we restructured the syllabus and included some drills from boxing/ kickboxing and Muay Thai to give us a close in fighting set, that will allow us to teach kids with a lot of fun and agility. It is also amazing at improving your fitness, and the skills transfer directly into our silat techniques and combinations and so it all transitions together into a seamless style of pressure fighting!
A fast Malaysian style that favors evasion with follow up sweeps, locks, chokes etc. It has a formidable reputation in Malaysia and Indonesia as a fighting style. Our syllabus uses extensive stepping drills and is taught as empty hands first, though ultimately Lincah A specializes in the use of the Keris dagger and Parang (machete). This system is taught to students before any others. The current Maha Guru of Lincah In Malaysia founded it in the 1960’s from another style known for its aggressive style of play. Guru Glenn learned this style initially from 5 of the most senior instructors in Lincah and then also from the Maha Guru himself, when in 1993 he became Wakil Maha Guru, and also the only personal student of the Maha guru. (There are over 1,000,000 students of Lincah in Malaysia, and Glenn was the ONLY personal student…). Glenn learned primarily from Cikgu Johari bin Jantan. He is also the Ketua Jurulatih Kanan Europe- chief instructor for Silat Lincah Europe. In the constitution of Silat Lincah it was stated that the art could not be taught to non-Malay or non- Muslim. When I returned to Malaysia, my teachers said that if I wanted to learn more, that they had to take me to Maha Guru as he was the only one who could give me permission to learn. This he did. He also over the years changed the constitution of the Pertubohan (association) to allow the art to be taught to these other groups and to include Glenn and his students.
Originally named Pancasila Gayong Harimau, this was the first silat art taught Publicly in the UK by Guru Jak Othman. Paduka Glenn was one of the first to complete Jak’s accelerated training course in 1986, and has been teaching silat continuously since then, after Jak was deported from the UK.
This makes him the longest standing silat instructor teaching in the UK. We wont cover the history of this art in any depth as it seems to have many different versions. It is an excellent all round art that appears to have been modified from the more traditional silat into a “street combat” style. It forms an early part of
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