Welcome to the Lobo Academy of Malaysian Martial Arts and Kick Boxing

The Lobo Academy of Malaysian Martial Arts, covers Malaysian Kick boxing Silat and Pukulan - We hold classes in Luton, and around the UK.

We have been teaching Malaysian Martial Arts since 1986 and have taught classes in Luton since 1990. ur aim is to create an environment of Martial and personal excellence, Through innovative training and support, where you can maximize your talents in all aspects of your life, we want to help YOU be the best martial artsit you can be and help you develop in ALL aspects of your life.

We work to help build your confidence, self-esteem, fitness, working with integrity to deliver excellence in our school.

In our Academy, we concentrate on teaching the technical skills needed for becoming a good martial artist, while also stressing the attributes that make you a rounded, and more balanced person. We strive to ensure that our classes are disciplined, while being relaxed; hard, while still being friendly warm welcoming , and most of all, FUN!!!.

Our fun and friendly classes are inclusive to everyone, and Silat is a family art. By joining our group, you become one of our family. The art helps you achieve fitness, confidence, power, security and respect. The Lobo Academy develops motivation, teaches respect and rewards determination - all while making you fitter and healthier. We also show the importance of self-defence and awareness.

Anyone can join, from the ages of 7 – 70. It can benefit everyone, making them stronger physically and mentally. Training is as strenuous and fun as you want it to be!

1What is Silat?
In very simple terms, Silat is the fighting art of South East Asia. It is a comprehensive combat art covering all ranges from weapons to ground fighting. Because the art is all encompassing, it has been described as a “Jack of all Trades”. It has the power of Karate and Thai boxing with the sensitivity of kung fu; the locks and throws of ju jitsu with the weapons arsenal of Escrima, plus specialist areas not found in many other martial arts. Coupled with the fact that life or death challenges are not unheard of in South East Asia, the survival and success of Silat in the face of open challenges makes the system frighteningly effective. It was historically used by the various Empires of S.E Asia to conquer neighbours, so is grounded in real combat.

Silat has existed in South East Asia for several hundred years. It was originally described as Pertikaman, which means to stab. This is because Silat is known as a keris art, and this is a stabbing weapon.

Silat is known by different terms around the world.. In most of South East Asia it is known as Seni Silat, and in Indonesia and the rest of the world as Pencak silat- because of the Indonesian influences in most styles outside Asia.

To confuse matters further, there are many other arts that originate from the Malay Archipelago, that may have originally have different names, like Ma’en Po, Pukulan, silek, and then other spellings to denote the Dutch influence- so Poekoelan, Pentjak, etc. Some people mistakenly use the spellings to imply an older more authentic style of silat which simply isn’t true. Seni means “art”. Some systems teach Silat without the Seni. One of the most respected old Silat masters in Malaysia said that Silat without the art is not Silat, but is merely fighting. Malaysian Silat practitioners place a great deal of importance on this aspect of the system, and on how to incorporate it into real fight situations. They say in Malaysia that it is called Seni Silat– the ART of Silat rather than Silat Seni, because the art is more important than the fighting.

There are 4 major styles in Malaysia, Seni Gayong Malaysia, Silat Cekak, Silat Gayong Fatani, and Silat Lincah. Lincah means fast. It is a fast moving, aggressive art.

Classically there are 4 aspects to silat:

  • Sport- Ohlaraga
  • Art- Seni
  • Self Defence- Bela Diri
  • Spiritual- Ilmu Kebatinan

There is little bunga- flowery movements- in the arts we teach, with the emphasis being on combat. Many or most styles of silat have an element of dance where the movements are performed to music. Because Lincah is a fighting art, we do not have a large amount of this aspect of silat. From my training in Malaysia, I found that there were lots of techniques in Lincah, but little structure, so I set about creating a system that I could teach here. The result is a basic system with 6 BUAH, and 6 pecahan for each buah.

The idea is that there are some more complicated techniques as you progress, but also some more effective and quicker ones. I aim to teach people body mechanics and principles of movement through the various techniques. Basic techniques and forms consist of the usual punching and kicking. From that the student moves on to the buah. These again are basic techniques, done on an attacking opponent. Once these have been mastered, the pecahan are taught. These are effectively add ons to the buah, or ways out of them, going into more complicated maneuvers. Buah in Malay means fruit. Pecahan means to open. The buah are the basic techniques, but you only get the essence of the fruit once you open it. They are the options that the style gives you. You don’t have to use them all, but the full repertoire gives you a style of movement. That is what STYLE is about. Dancing is dancing, but the samba is different to the waltz.

The Silat we teach is different from others disciplines because it focuses on street effectiveness and practicality, as well as holding to the traditions of the art. We also cover “Urban awareness”, so that we include an element of personal protection to safeguard you and your friends/family in both public places and in private ones. We developed this system in order to teach you to combat the growing violence on our streets. The arts from which we derive our techniques are tested on old battlefields. Combat hasn’t changed, but the opponent has got more sophisticated and the lack of respect for person or life has moved to our streets. We aim to train YOU to combat this threat to your person your property and possibly even your life.

”You will be attacked fast, with what they think is overwhelming force”.

The arts we practice are simple, and follow natural laws of movement.. we don’t copy styles of animal movement. This means that our combination of styles give you body mechanics that are reproducible under duress.. in a fight situation . under stress.. when someone is trying to HURT you and your family.. our devastating techniques COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. It has been said that in a fight your heart rate rises dramatically. We will, as part of your training, push your body so that you feel that pressure on your body, and your mind, so that you will KNOW that when the heat is on YOU WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. We use traditional methods in a more scientific approach to make them more functional and useful. You will simulate real life situations like being attacked by one or more people, training in the dark, training knives and others… Once the preserve of the military, now normal people like you are forced to face a more aggressive and nasty attacker. We provide you with the means to defend yourself.
2Why Choose Silat?
In our school you will learn correct athletic training methods and stretches used by our instructor in his Osteopathic Clinic. We don't give you training methods from the 70's. You would be amazed how many people are happy to train with outdated, often dangerous techniques and principles.

Training in Martial arts will push your body to grow and develop. it will improve your flexibility and train you in how to train so that whatever sport you end up doing, we will show you how to train efficiently and safely: how to train properly using proven athletic principles, from a professional instructor.

If you are:

  • bored and in need of inspiration
  • being bullied at work or at school
  • wanting to get fit
  • wanting to learn something useful
  • bored of the gym and aerobics and TV
  • worried about becoming a couch potato
  • already experienced but in need of a new challenge?
  • looking to train in a friendly relaxed club
  • looking to get the best you can out of your training?
Then joining our Silat Academy is ideal for you.

Our Silat has many advantages to it.

• Excellent self defence art- Silat came to the fore in the 70s and 80s with a few luminaries of the martial arts showing interest in some of the styles. It has developed a reputation for its skills in real fights and for the intensity and realism in the training. As such, you will learn arts and techniques with principles that will help keep you safer on the streets than many other arts, while learning in a safe and friendly environment.
• Rich History tradition and food and culture. Paduka Glenn traveled to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore to train, so has brought back the knowledge of the history and culture of those areas, not just the martial techniques, so you will gain a greater knowledge of the environment in which these techniques and styles developed and their place in Malay society.
• Superb for fitness- The gym is boring and repetitive.. Our training will give you greater flexibility, through our ground fighting system and animal type movements. As we get older flexibility is key. This will help you!! We also work out technies through stages working on fitness and High Intensity interval work, covering learning a skill, improving it and going faster, and then adding in power. Whatever sport you do, Paduka Glenn’s knowledge of body mechanics will improve your performance.
• If you are already experienced but finding that your club association or school is not challenging you to learn new things, we promise you we will expand and extend your repertoire. The range and fluidity and expression in silat is like learning a new language, with many nuances, and subtleties that will keep you interested and progressing through many many years training.
• Many people are bullied at home, at work, at school. With training any martial art, we aim to build your confidence and self esteem and self worth. Alongside this you will learn skills that have had real world testing that you will know would work if applied. That new confidence will shine through in your daily activities, and bullies will find you less of target.
• Traditional martial arts have been shown to aid studying, concentration and school grades. It will probably help you concentrate and focus as you develop which will help with productivity at work. EVEN BRIDGE PLAYERS need to be fit! So with your increased fitness, focus and concentration you could also see an improvement in your performance in other areas too!!

We believe in holding to the principles of HUMILITY, HONOUR, RESPECT, DIGNITY, LOYALTY, AND FRIENDSHIP. Our aim is to teach these principles by our actions, and by our words, so that we can inspire others to behave in like manner.

3Silat Styles

Silat Lincah – “Adalah lebih baik tiada ketua dari mengikut yang salah”. In the end, our training reverts back to the more stylised traditional arts of Silat, but covers self defence, fitness, art and style, fluidity, co-ordination drills, strength and flexibility training, athletic warm-ups and cool downs on the way. This means that irrespective of the sport you end up doing, you can do it in a safe way with these skills!

Paduka Glenn’s main style is Silat Lincah, a Pukulan style of silat. Paduka’s preference is for a striking art. Lincah being a Pukulan art with specific footwork, and Pukulan are a perfect combination.

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!

Lincah is a fast Malaysian style that favours 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 specializes in the use of the Keris dagger and Parang (machete). This system is taught to students before any others. The 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 Paduka Johari bin Jantan. In the constitution of Silat Lincah it was stated that the art could not be taught to non-Malay or non- Muslim. When he returned to Malaysia in 1989, his teachers said that if he wanted to learn more, that they had to take him to Maha Guru as he was the only one who could give me permission to learn. This he did. Maha Guru also 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. Glenn is also the Ketua Jurulatih Kanan Europe- chief instructor for Silat Lincah Europe, and the Appointed Representative for Silat Lincah. In 2015, just before his passing, Maha Guru also awarded Guru Glenn the title Paduka, and his assistant in Europe, Christopher Bogaerts, the title Timbalan Paduka. Paduka is a royal title in Malaysia.

Pancasila Gayong Harimau -“Tidak Melayu hilang Didunia” A style apparently with both Malaysian and Javanese origins. The true history of this style is shrouded in the mystery of the teacher that brought it to the West. Gayong Harimau has an extensive syllabus of hand drills, and footwork drills, to compliment the deadly locking and striking techniques in this rounded and complete art.

The system eventually also includes training in bladed weapons, stick, staff etc. this was Paduka Glenn’s first style. He learned it from a Malay instructor called Jak Othman, while Jak was studying here. Glenn completed an instructor program, and was allowed to teach this style. After Jak was deported, Glenn continued to teach with his blessing. In 1987 Glenn and 5 others travelled to Malaysia for the 4th world Championships. After the competition Glenn was abandoned in KL and introduced to Silat Lincah, where he was taught about the principles that he now holds so dear.

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 about 1985/6, and has been teaching silat continuously since then, after Jak was deported from the UK. We believe this makes him the longest standing silat instructor teaching in the UK. We won’t 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 our current syllabus to give students an early grounding in a street effective system.

Pencak Silat Pukulan Tendangan Madura – An Indonesian empty handed system. Pukulan means “to strike” and students need to acquire remarkable conditioning to allow training in punching and kicking drills designed to attack nerves and limbs, thus disenabling their use. The main, and possibly only and last, exponent of this art was Pa Flohr in Holland. Glenn was introduced to him by David Jennings from Australia, and travelled to meet him. He fell in love with the style, and was overawed by their friendship, honour, humour and humility. He was taken in by Ruud Luiken, who was one of the most senior students of Pa Flohr. Pa Flohr authorised Glenn to incorporate what he had learned in his training into his own style, and to use the term “Pukulan” as an acknowledgment of the proficiency he had achieved in the art.

Pencak Silat Pusaka Sapu Jagat – This is a central Javanese art, combining techniques and principles from the 4 main/original styles of Indonesian Silat. Glenn travelled to Jakarta on a few occasions where he met and trained with the main exponent of this interesting style- Pak Endang MS. There are elements of this demonstrated in the Gerak drills and footwork of PLM.

Silat Pukulan Langkah Mati – Over the years, and with the passing of Maha Guru Lincah, we decided that the style we wanted to teach was a progression from Lincah. In the West, there are many people with some MMA or Boxing/ Kickboxing training. While Lincah is an excellent art for the arena in which it developed, it doesnt cater as well for the type of combat and fighting we experience in the Western cultures. As such we have adapted and developed Lincah with a more appropriate base and collection of techniques. We chose the name as Paduka Glenn was given permission, by Pa Flohr, to incorporate Pukulan into the name of his art, and into his system. Langkah Mati is a guiding principle of Lincah, and is an important concept for us, and so, having seen the political climate in Lincah change, we decided to keep true to our roots, and develop and add to the system. The Gerak part of the art is where we have added in most to make it more structured and easier to teach and develop.

Lightning Scientific Arnis – One of the most powerful stick systems from the Philippines. It combines single stick, double stick and espada y daga. This devastating art was created and developed by Mang Ben Luna Lema. It was brought to the UK by one of his students, Master Shaun Porter, and was taught to a small group in Shaun’s garden. When Shaun was returning to the Philippines, he awarded Glenn his instructor certificate, signed by Mang Ben, with the request that Glenn continue his training and teaching of the art. Out of respect for Mang Ben, Master Shaun, and the Brotherhood of Arnisadors that this has opened up to him, Glenn continues to teach this art. Over the last few years, and with Shaun’s return to the UK, other instructors have been created, and now a new Lightning Master in the UK as well. We hope to work with them to develop more Lightning training classes around the UK. See link to the LSAI UK Group https://www.facebook.com/LightningScientificArnisUk/

4Who is Paduka Guru Glenn Lobo?
Paduka Glenn Lobo is The Founder and Chief Instructor at the Lobo Academy.

Paduka started training in martial arts at the age of 9 studying judo, tae kwon do, and aikido, before moving to London, and starting wing chun and then Silat. Glenn has been privileged to train with some of the best martial artists in Britain, and others around the world.

In Wing Chun, Glenn trained with Austin Goh, but also did some training with Nino Bernardo; he has attended seminars with Cass Magda, and Guro Dan Inosanto, Abner Pasar, and Krishna Godhania, and trained alongside other of the next generation legends.

In Silat Glenn started training with Jak Othman. Jak was the pioneer of Silat in Britain. Glenn also trained with Richard de Bords, and was awarded an instructor grade with both of them. When Jak organised a team from Britain to attend the 4th World Championships, in Kuala Lumpur, Glenn was asked to assist him. After the competition Jak left Glenn to train with another group of Silat people, and that was his introduction to Silat Lincah.
He has also trained in Holland with arguably the foremost expert in Silat or Pukulan in Europe, Pa Flohr, of Pukulan Madura. Glenn was given permission by Pa Flohr to include Pukulan into his style, and that caused the genesis of Pukulan Langkah Mati.

Over the years, Glenn attended and competed in 3 World Championships, 3 European Championships, Singapore Open, and Thai Open Championships, and was 4th in the World Championships, and 3rd in the European Championships. He was also the first British International Wasit/juri (referee).

Paduka Glenn has been teaching Silat in Britain and throughout Europe since 1986, and is THE person to train with to learn genuine realistic fighting arts of Malaysia.

Paduka Glenn has been the leading figure for Silat in Britain since 1987, and has appeared in many magazines, books, and on tv. He was the British Representative to the world Silat federation from 1987 -1994, and is also a member of the British Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors.

As well as studying and teaching 4 styles of silat, Glenn is also a fully qualified instructor of Lightning Scientific Arnis. Grading and training with Master Shaun Porter, Glenn also received his certificate from Mang Ben Lema, the founder of the system. Arnis is the martial art of the Phillipines, and Lightning is recognised as one of the more powerful styles. Mang Ben had a fearsome reputation for both his ability and the power of his system.

Guru Glenn is the foremost Malaysian Silat practitioner in Europe, and one of the foremost Malaysian Silat practitioners in the world. He has travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore to train at source, with some of the greatest masters in the world.

While having this sort of pedigree isn't important for your "What do I do on a Thursday night" Martial Arts class, if you want to learn genuine silat, with a known provenance - not a YouTube created "Master" - then you couldn't do much better than Paduka Guru Glenn!

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