I started out in martial arts as a kid because I needed it. Gangs, drugs, and violence were common where I Iived and as I got more involved with them I experienced that violence first hand. Martial arts was my savior…or so I thought. But as my involvement in gangs grew so did my distrust of martial arts. I got seriously brutalized by other gang members when I tried using many techniques in streetfights against guys who did boxing or just got out of jail. Tough people…until I found Silat and coupled it with my real life experience, then things changed. I’ve been working for years on refining my curriculum and the system in general so it meets the needs of the street and those who walk it. Because shitty fantasy techniques almost got me killed several times in the past and the last thing I want is to pass on low-quality knowledge to others.
The gang life is horrible and I truly hated it so I took the opportunities available to me to get educated and move into what I really loved. The decision to leave the street life took me into the world of paramedicine, tactical medicine, and professional combatives training. It was one of the best things I ever did in my life. And it helped me tremendously to focus my experience on the street and make it professional and teachable to people like you. That life experience I almost died getting is what I bring to you in all my training courses, videos, and presentations. It’s technical skills that can be applied to combat situations, as well as warrior wisdom that can be applied to business and life in general.
Pencak Silat Sharaf is one of the most effective real-world systems taught today. The system is based on the traditional Indonesian Silat systems which were developed uniquely to kill, capture, or control sophisticated and trained opponents. That combined with my personal experience on the street and on the ambulance has made Silat Sharaf respected as a serious player in tough environments. The system is simple to learn, extremely aggressive, and forward thinking so it adapts to the time and environment.
- Emptyhand Combat: punches, knees, elbows, and kicks
- Edged Weapons: knives and machetes
- Impact Weapons: bats, sticks, poles, tactical batons
- Improvised Weapons: sharpened credit cards, glass, stones, etc
- Groundfighting: locks, traps, armed and unarmed
- Firearms and Projectiles: handguns, shotguns, rifles, throwing knives, bow and arrows, rocks, you name it we throw it.
- Warrior Mindset Training: developing the mindset required to willingly use violence against adversaries
- Level 1 – white belt – new student
- Level 2 – yellow belt – basic skills
- Level 3 – orange belt – intermediate skills
- Level 4 – green belt – advanced skills
- Level 5 – brown belt – a junior instructor has a high degree of skill in most technical aspects of the system
- Ustaz – black belt – a master instructor who is expert in all the technical aspects of the system
- Sheikh – Retired from the physical system but still actively supportive and sharing knowledge
- Pendekar – only given to those with real-life experience in combat: streets, war zones, prison, high-risk medical units, etc. In traditional Silat culture, veteran status is more important than technical skills. Sometimes warriors would have learned one juru (small set of combat techniques) and gone straight to fight an enemy tribe, killed dozens of people, and traveled all over their land. That experience is much more valuable than technical skills, so those people were accorded similar respect as full instructors even though they technically knew less material. That’s also the reason many older Silat family systems only had a few jurus in them. Veteran status is real, it’s important, and we respect it.
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