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The Structure of Pencak Silat Mande Muda

The Structure of Pencak Silat Mande Muda
The Structure of Pencak Silat Mande Muda The late Guru Besar Herman Suwanda taught us that the many styles of Pencak Silat in West Java all have a similar structure. Because of this, he and the Suwanda family were able to incorporate many of them in their hybrid family style, Pencak Silat Mande Muda. If you are studying Pencak Silat, it is important to know the curriculum structure so you can have a more complete understanding of how to organize what you learn. At Tactical Arts, we study Pencak Silat Mande Muda, so the information below will be based on Mande Muda. Like the other styles in West Java, Pencak Silat Mande Muda has three main parts. These parts are jurus, buah, and kembangan. See how these are each defined below:   Jurus - “Root"   In any martial art, there are techn...
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Do or Die: How to Build Confidence in Self Defense

Do or Die: How to Build Confidence in Self Defense
Do or Die: How to Build Confidence in Self Defense Self-confidence is a manifestation of trust in yourself. It is faith that your experience and understanding will guide and protect you when there is change, challenge, or difficulty.  It is a belief in your own capabilities and skills.  What could be more important in a life and death scenario? One of the critical factors that contribute to success is self-confidence.   With confidence, we can learn new skills, we can defeat an opponent, and we can reach our goals despite terrible adversity.  Confidence is the fuel that allows us to continue regardless of what struggles may lay ahead.  With it, we will not be inclined to quit.  Marcus Tullius Cicero said, With confidence, you have won even before you have star...
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Life, Death and Personal Philosophy in Self Defense

Life, Death and Personal Philosophy in Self Defense
Life, Death and Personal Philosophy in Self Defense Aligning your training with your values You can train your physical skills, martial arts, self defense, firearms, fitness, emergency preparedness, etc. until you are a machine, but you must have your mind in the right place or it may all be for naught.  You need to cultivate your cognitive skills under pressure and you need the right mindset.  Without that proper mindset, you will not be able to apply your skills when you need them.  Perhaps even more important: You not only need to address your physical skills, cognitive skills and winning mindset, but also your religious or philosophical values.  You must identify and align your personal beliefs with your training to be able to defend yoursel...
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The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts

The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts
The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts If you do not have a physical foundation, you’re dead.   Imagine a military comprised of only extremely unfit men: Men who could not do a pushup or climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath.  What if not one of them could run 50 yards or lift anything heavy?  What if they only ate food from McDonald’s.  It would be absurd.    These are men who need to be strong both physically and mentally.  They need to be able to endure hardship and overcome an enemy that is trained, deadly and determined.  A military force like that would not survive it's first encounter.  The same is true for us.   If we are studying self defense for anything other than a fun pastime, then we need to be p...
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Toward a Complete System of Self Defense

Toward a Complete System of Self Defense
Toward a Complete System of Self Defense What would a well rounded system of Self Defense include?   Many of us enjoy the activity of training itself.  We look forward to our next training session and can’t help but talk about training with our friends who share the same passion.  There is great pleasure in learning and making ourselves better, but we don’t do it for the fun alone.  We do it so we can protect ourselves.  We do it to protect our families.  We do it so we will be ready when there is a threat.  Because this is our primary purpose for training, we want to be sure that what we are training will actually work.   Beyond evaluating the effectiveness of individual techniques, I really want to know what other disciplines, training methods, ski...
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