Jul 10, 2010

The Gruelling Tests of Silat Lincah

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This is an astonunding clip of Silat Lincah students being tested by Mahaguru Dato Haji Omardin. If you think your training is tough and your teacher unreasonably hard nosed, watch this clip for inspiration! Some information on Silat Lincah:
Silat Lincah is described as a pukulan (striking) art as it focuses on striking rather than submissions or performance. It was derived from another Malaysian system called Silat Tarah. Mahaguru Omardin was granted his title because he was willing to perform tests of faith in his guru, where his peers would not. He could not keep the name Tarah because it was considered too aggressive for widespread use, so it was changed to Lincah. Tarah means to sever - as in cut off. Lincah means fast/aggressive, which is the principle of the style. [Source: Silat Lincah UK]
The commentary, which is in Cantonese as the clip is from a Hong Kong documentary, does not go into technical details so viewers who do not understand Cantonese won't be missing anything much.

Update (thanks to a commentator): This excerpt and the following are not from a Hong Kong documentary but from the Malay documentary Selangkah ke Alam Batin ("A Step into the Inner World") released by Singaporean Cathay-Keris in 1985. It also has an English version titled One Step into the Beyond.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello. This excerpt and the following are not from a Hong Kong documentary but from the Malay documentary Selangkah ke Alam Batin ("A Step into the Inner World") released by Singaporean Cathay-Keris in 1985. It also has an English version titled One Step into the Beyond. However, I don't know the title of this Cantonese release. Best regards and keep up the good work.

Daily Kungfu said...

Thanks for the heads-up, correction made.

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