Good Silat schools in NY

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  1. alexk

    alexk White Belt

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    Greetings everyone!

    I'd really appreciate information on quality Silat schools in Manhatten or Brooklyn.
    I'm not looking for any particular style. I can't even if I wanted to,
    as I am a complete beginner in Indonesian martial arts. And, frankly speaking, not much of an expert in MA in general. :)

    Here are the things that are important for me:

    1. Competent teacher.
    That's the most important part of it. I want somebody who really understands the art he's teaching and is able to communicate it to the students.

    2. Sound training methodology.
    There must be a well established and proven way of taking a person from point A, a beginner, to point B, competent practitioner.

    3. A good mix of beginner and advanced students.

    4. Should have classes weekday evening or on the weekends.

    5. It should be a practical self-defence and have health benefits (or at least not bad for health)

    Well, are there Silat schools like that in NY or should I be looking for another style?

    thanks,
    -- Alex.
     
  2. Franc0

    Franc0 Purple Belt

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    You many want to look up Roberto Torres. He teaches Talio Silat and is very good from what I've heard. I know he's in N.Y. but I'm not sure what part of N.Y. he's in. Also Pembantu Guru Andrew Astle teaches Serak Silat in the Cortland Syracuse area.
     
  3. arnisador

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    Where were these people when I was living in Syracuse?!?
     
  4. alexk

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    masterfinger, thank you for the info!
     
  5. silat

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    Alexk,

    These are the ones I know of in NY;

    Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen
    Tulen Center New York City
    248 W 14th, #2
    New York, NY 10011
    212-645-6661


    Perisai Diri
    Silat PD School
    743 8th Avenue
    between 46th & 47th Street # 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10036

    http://www.silatpdusa.com/

    Mande Muda
    Bill Econopouly
    New York
    918-734-6404
    econ@pikilia.com

    Hope this helps you, I know Silat can be hard to find!

    Sincerely,
    Teacher: Eddie Ivester
     
  6. alexk

    alexk White Belt

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    Hi!

    Thanks for the info on schools. As a matter of fact, I'm running out of my house to get to the class in Perisai Diri
    They start at 11.
     
  7. arnisador

    arnisador Sr. Grandmaster

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    Good luck! Please let us know how it goes!
     
  8. alexk

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    Hi Everyone!

    I went to the Guru Yana Persiai Diri school yesterday and I can tell that it actually exceeded my expectations!

    While this school might not be right for everyone, it felt right for me.

    Here is what I enjoyed about it:

    1. It's not commercial. No one was trying to sell me anything. I had a free lesson. I didn't even have to ask. It was the most obvious thing to do -- just change and start training with the group.

    2. Training starts and ends with meditation and breathing exersises. Some people might not like it, but I find it helpful to put myself into the right state of mind.

    3. The instructor is friendly, enthusiastic about Silat and seems very competent. How do I know he is competent, if I’m not an expert in MA and can’t really judge his technique? Well, there is something in his demeanor that, in my experience, is common to all great MA people, I’ve met – the form of quiet, relaxed confidence. People who’ve studied MA for a while may probably know what I mean. It’s when a person is sure that what he does works, so they don’t have to posture, bully, and bluster.
    Also, the fact that the moves that he showed during the class were pretty effective on different kinds students, some bigger then him, helped me to confirm that first impression I’ve got.

    4. A pretty good mix of student of different levels. I was the least skillful of the group, but there were a few beginners in the group as well. Also, there were guys who are quite good and one guy who won some kind of MA championship (being a bit overwhelmed with all the new info I didn’t quite catch what kind of MA championship it was). All advanced students were helpful and friendly.

    5. The style is brutal, simple and sophisticated all at the same time. Movement and awareness of your opponent are emphasized. I’ll post more about the style and the training methods in 3 to 4 months. Right now, I don’t feel competent to discuss it. One thing I’d mention now is that I have some Russian Systema background and some of the moves seemed very familiar to me. Especially when the instructor started to show the takedowns, they not just looked, but were exactly like what we practiced in the Systema class.

    Well, that’s all for now. If I discover something worth sharing with the group, I’ll post it.

    [FONT=&quot] -- Alex.[/FONT]
     
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    Glad you found something.
     
  10. arnisador

    arnisador Sr. Grandmaster

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    Good for you! Yes, please post about your experiences!
     
  11. Kiai Carita

    Kiai Carita White Belt

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    Peace to all,

    Alex, congratulations for joining Guru Yana and his PD class. PD is a very good system and Guru Yana is a very good silat man with a lifetime of experience. He began studying silat Cimande when he was 4 years old! So he is also an authority on the cultural background of silat.

    The founder of PD studied many different silat styles and also Chinese MA and the PD system is his synthesis of all he knew. It is a great school and very well respected in Indonesia. You have made a very good choice.

    Warm salaams to all,
    KC
     
  12. K..

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    I know this is a really old topic and I hope I'm not making a mistake by bringing it back from the dead, but I have been frantically searching for a Silat school in the vein of how alexk describes his experience with Guru Yana. It seems that his website is not working anymore. Has he stopped teaching or moved away? I would really like it if spumone can direct to a school that has no commercial desires with a spiritual component to its practice. Thank you all.

    One last thing the Malaysian Silat technique is my preference and I know one can't get picky with Silat since it is so hard to come by as it is. but if there is anyone who can direct me for schools in the New York City area that would be wonderful.
     
  13. burleighgirly

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    Hi K, I previously had listed the PDUSA site on my school's site - it was working at one time. The website appears no longer valid, but I found a listing here which includes a phone number and might help you in your search. Good luck.
     
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    Hello everyone,
    Most of this information seems to be outdated. I have been doing some research of my own trying to find out a reputable Silat school in the City. It has been a challenge to say the least.

    The good news is that Guro Yana is back from Indonesia. He will be teaching again from January 10, 2016 to August 2016. We will meet at Simple Studios from 10:00 AM to Noon the studio is located at 134West 29th Street, second floor. Only student willing to commit should apply. It will be an honor and privilege to train with Guro Yana. Lets make the most of it. I hope to see many of you there. For additional information go to: Tharyana Sastranegara | Facebook
     
  15. kojinko

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    Hi. What day is class for school and how much for class fee? I want to learn.
     
  16. Mr Mojo Lane

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    Is Guro Lana still in NYC?
     

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