Combat of Silat Sterlak
Silat Sterlak is a system, the name of which implies ‘to attack with strength’. This art of silat sterlak also known as terlak in Malaysia, tiralak, tralak, stralak and sterlak.
In addition there are also many derivative styles such as Terlak Nata, and Terlak Empat.
The Silat Sterlak style of silat originated from the Kamang, Agam region of West Sumatra around 1852. It is said to have been created by Guru Tuanku Syech Habibullah and later modified and made popular by Guru Ulud Bagindo Chatib around 1865.
It was said that Silat Sterlak, the Minangkabau style, was designed as a countermeasure to silat harimau imitating ‘the fury of a herd of stampeding elephants, combining that with the wariness of the stalking tiger.’
Trainees are concerned with applying the whole body force behind the fist, foot, or head in making their attacks.
This style would spread across Indonesia’s archipelago and into Malaysia most notably in the Malay Semenanjung area.
The name Silat Sterlak signifies “to attack with strength”. It was the style developed to counter the dangerous harimau (tiger) system of silat.
Silat Sterlak has a very direct approach in its application. The mindset is to attack the opponent as a herd of stampeding elephants. Its soul emphasis is on direct powerful attacks, throwing the entire body weight behind the strike. This gave the art a hard Japanese kamikaze approach to combat. Unlike most martial art systems that step and parry off the center line of attack, Sterlak steps forward with solid grounding footwork, attacking whilst defending in one swift movement.
Video Silat Terlak 4