Be Clear!

YOU could be teaching Combat Silat within two years.

Did you know that with a strategy, a little hope, and some sweat you can achieve your goals?

The majority of us do not think so out of the box crazy that we cannot achieve what we set our mind to. If you wanted to do the work, put in the time, and bust your ass, you could achieve the instructor level rank of Pelatih within 2 years!

I’ve already helped you more than you realize. I’ve provided materials that you can use as the basis of that study. I’ve provided the goal of Pelatih. I’ve provided the timeline of 2 years. The curriculum itself is attainable, organized, measurable, and relevant.

The only thing really left for you to do is take the lead on your own education and goals.

Here’s how you do that:
1. Set up a strategy.
2. Then follow it. Do the work. Find the path that gets you there.
3. Set milestones along the way for your goals.
4. Think of what if scenarios. What if I my knee craps out? What if my elbow, shoulder, back gives out? What if my job changes? What if….? Make some contingency plans. Measure your risk areas.
5. Then, in the face of setbacks adjust your course. Keep pursuing. Be consistent and diligent.
6. Review your progress and see if it aligns with your goal. If not, adjust.

100% of this is consistent time and energy.
There are no secrets.
There is nothing esoteric. It is all exoteric.

But let’s be honest, not all the people who travel through the doors of a training area want to teach or even should be teaching.


You should still have a goal. Do the work of giving yourself something measurable to work towards. Include a timeline for that progress. Part of that will be determining for yourself, what it is that you want from your attendance, from your sweat, from your effort.

It doesn’t need to be a particular rank. The point of martial arts training is not a fixed destination in my opinion, but the journey involved. Get your mind wrapped around what it is that you are looking for. Is it personal growth? Physical health? Spiritual change? Combat efficacy? Development of grace, balance, and flexibility? Cultural attachment?

Meditate on your personal pursuit regularly. Define what you are looking to obtain. Be open to changing that as life changes, or as you mature in the arts.

Silat can be a journey that provides different things to different people, meeting you where you’re at and giving you purpose or it can be as simple as something you do to develop one aspect of yourself. Do the work of figuring out what that is.

For example, you read through this and determine that you really have no interest in teaching but instead want to develop your combat efficacy. Great! Do you know why? Is it something you like because it seems cool to kick ass? Or do you live in an unsafe environment? Do you come from an abusive background?

You will benefit more from the act of meditating on your purpose of the pursuit than you can imagine. Burrow down and try to be specific. Truly meditate on it. Figure out what you are looking for in the pursuit. Only then can you make a sure target of your training and have a way to measure your journey, make adjustments, or completely flip.

Accidental learning is the slowest way to learn. Be intentional. It’s no different than trying to find something you’ve misplaced. You think. You draw conclusions based on your thinking. Then you act accordingly. Adjusting your journey as you go, until you find the thing misplaced. And, just like a thing misplaced, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s pretty damned hard to find it!

Move with intention and as in an attack, have clarity of movement, clarity of target, and clarity of the results.

Sean Stark
Pendiri–Combat Silat

PS: Just to clarify. I don’t give any certification away. This is not a attend a seminar and get certified thing. I’m sorry, that it may sound like it in hindsight, but in the past 16 or 17 years of involvement in pencak silat. I’ve awarded a grand total of 3 people instructor level rank in Combat Silat. All have taken more than 3 years to earn the lower level instructor ranking. The majority around 4 actually. However, much of that has to do with life, the ebb and flow of desire, etc. It is doable in 2 years. IMO with the right combination, which is mostly dependent on you!

Manifesto Series

4. There are pencak silat people and systems that do not follow the path of silaturahim (brotherhood and sisterhood). They should be avoided if possible—as though they do not exist—not because we fear them, but because they bring nothing of value to Pencak Silat Pertempuran. Do not even utter the names they fight so hard to protect.

When you must, treat those associated with negativity, in kindness and brevity.

This then is also one of the ways by which Pencak Silat Pertempuran was developed.

Manifesto Series

2. Let’s not try to keep those who do not find the way of Pencak Silat Pertempuran to their liking. Instead let’s help them on their way to finding a path that’s suitable for them.

A student, a friend, an acquaintance, cannot be forced to be part of your life. It is better to help them find their way to the right place than to try and keep them.

How to know when to let go: laziness, complaining, contrary, turmoil in their life. They do not develop fruit. These people, if too close, will pull you into their life and pull you off the path of prosperity and growth. Misery truly does love company.

Pencak Silat Pertempuran Manifesto Series

This is going to come as a series of posts highlighting the ideas within Pencak Silat Pertempuran:

1. Teachers and students, in Pencak Silat Pertempuran we must not think so little of ourselves, our success, or our skill, that we feel it’s necessary to protect ourselves with words or deeds against another person out of fear or jealousy of their success.

If the one succeeds it’s better for us all. Lets join in and help. Otherwise we will damage not only Pencak Silat Pertempuran’s reputation, but we will continue to damage the community of pencak silat around the world.

Pencak Silat: Combat or More?

For some, the study of pencak silat is a hobby. It’s something we do for fun, or exercise, or social interaction. It can also be that we may feel the need to protect ourselves or others. Lastly, it may even be a drive we have to generate self-confidence.

To me, and hopefully the students and instructors I raise, I hope they see it as more….

When I talk about attributes and attribute development within Pencak Silat Pertempuran I’m talking about more than just physical attributes. Of course, those are very important, things such as speed, endurance, quickness, reach, timing, strong side, mobility, etc.

The more often overlooked components are things such as emotional and mental attribute development.

Apart from the need to use the physical attributes you develop during times of physical crisis, and self or community protection, it’s the emotional and mental attributes that take martial arts from a hobby, exercise, or something fun to do just for the sake of it, and give value to everyday life.

Attributes such as patience, will, and determination may seem like obvious traits that would develop over the course of training, but other attributes include things such as self-reflection/evaluation, centeredness, adaptability, respect, and trust are some other examples.

The majority of us already have an amount of these attributes when we start PSP. Some more than others. PSP when truly studied will continue to grow these as well, challenging you along the way incrementally.

To see it, let’s look at a quick example. When you’re training, do you trust what you’re being taught? Do you trust the teacher? Did you start off fully trusting the teacher or the art, or has that trust grown over time and with the input of energy from you and the teacher? It’s likely that it’s been a process.

You may even find that if you do not yet fully trust the art or the teacher. That’s normal. As a point of caution, to see the greatest value from your training, you must work through that and learn why you do not fully trust and then take steps to rectify that. One way would be to ask questions, which will develop another mental attribute in the desire to learn—it’s a path of connection and relationship. Relationship to one another and relationship amongst attributes.

Now, I challenge you to take the lessons you are learning in study of Pencak Silat Pertempuran and apply them to your everyday life!

Hormat Saya,

Moving Beyond Technique

The study of Pencak Silat, depending on the system, can be a process of personal discovery. It can be an amazing journey to help you discover life. It confuses some people because all they see in martial arts is the destruction. However, it has been my journey that the point of martial arts is about prolonging life, and what value is prolonging life without at least addressing the idea of quality of life? In fact, through the process of learning about life’s destruction, you can, also learn to develop and improve life. However, only if you put the principals of pencak silat to action on a consistent basis outside of the aliran and perguruan.

Pencak silat is not a game or a hobby to be turned on and off.

It IS a way to step. Langkah dari batuan ke batuan.
It IS the act of stepping from stone to stone.
It IS learning to act, not react.
It IS fluidity, not rigidity.
It IS simplicity, not complexity.
It IS beauty, not ugliness.
It IS natural, not contrived.
It IS relationship, not autonomy.
It IS sync, not difference.
It IS a path to life AND death.

Beauty In Martial Arts

A lot of martial artists don’t understand this. They think the “pencak” is a waste of time. Yet 90% or more have never even been in a fight of any kind. Furthermore, they don’t understand the value of developing beauty. In PSP, I hope that eventually people will begin to see the value of developing the pencak side of silat. It is such a good way to develop attributes of body awareness, of finesse, and of fine motor control. To me, there is no silat without pencak.

So ask yourself if the system of martial art you train is effective, simple, and personal? I’d be happy to hear your thoughts.