Podcast episode 34: Pentjak Silat and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defense

Last June,  I did a special Q&A month on Patreon. I didn’t get to all the questions, so I am working my way through them in various places, including in this podcast. Carlos asked me about the effectiveness of Pentjak Silat and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense. In this episode, I try to give a nuanced opinion on both these arts.


The links mentioned in the episode:

  • 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu:


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Kuntao-Silat Training on the Heavy Bag

Here’s a video of me doing some Kuntao-Silat on the heavy bag. Normally, you train these arts with a partner but that doesn’t always work out. So I started experimenting on the heavy bag and finding ways to practice these techniques alone. In this video, you can see some of my personal training. This means a number of things:

  • This is not an instructional video. I’m not teaching anything here, I’m training, I’m working on my personal development. So don’t read anything more in it than that.
  • It’s freestyle training, not working on a curriculum. So I’m going with what I feel like going instead of working on specific techniques. Not that I don’t do that, on the contrary: I practice the curriculum from these arts a lot more than I train freestyle. But in this clip, I’m just mixing things up a bit.
  • My main Silat and Kuntao teacher is Bob Orlando and you can see this in the way I perform the techniques. I do have some other influences in my training so if you see stuff that is different from what Bob does, that’s where it comes from. Again, I’m not doing curriculum work here, I flowing and mixing all those influences.

That said, here’s the video:


Some more information:

  • I work a lot from block left. The reason is simple: most people are right handed. So the odds of them using a right handed attack are pretty high. Then it only makes sense to practice defensive techniques against such attacks more often than other things. [Read more…]