Silat is a martial art not only used for combat, but also as a folk dance when accompanied by traditional instruments. Silat began as a weapons style of combat to liberate the people from foreign authorities on the island before it evolved into the martial arts form that it is today. Pencak silat draws heavily on the animal heritage and weapons of the past, requiring intricate footwork, stability, and hand movements in a balance of offensive and defensive movements. Kicks are not used as much as in other forms of martial arts, and the athlete is always aware that it is better to have a weapon than be unarmed.

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