16 January 2008

"Thou shalt not study another style"

Have you ever studied a silat style, or any martial art for that matter that has either a silent or stated injunction of this sort: "Thou shalt not study any other style"?

Interesting for me to note is that, I have experienced this at least twice in my studies, and neither of them were good. The perguruan come up with some reasons, which although valid to them, seem to make little sense to modern practitioners who want to cross train (re: the cross training articles posted here once upon a time).

Just as a general survey amongst blog readers:

  • What reasons did your perguruan give for such an injuction
  • Do you agree with them? Why?

Original Article by Mohd Nadzrin Wahab


djambu puadovich said...

well, i wanted to comment but since my involvement in silat had been limited, and mostly my reading material and advices came from you, i think you wud already knew my answers :)

Anonymous said...

lucky for me i never had than kind of experience and never have to experience that.... :-) .......

Kamila said...

Assalamualaikum wr wb

Thanks for your question. I'm studying Silat PD and my teacher doesn't recommend me practising any other silat while I'm still studying Silat PD.

From my understanding, the reason is mainly that when he accepts someone as his student, he becomes responsible for the person's health and well-being and he takes care of his students inside and outside the class. If, for example I join another martial arts class and I get injured there, then he will have to deal with my injury as well.

And another reason is probably that if I learn more than one styles at once, then my body might get confused, if you understand what I mean. For example, I have several friends in class who used to do a different martial art, and their body had become used to certain postures/movements/etc which made it harder for them to learn something new.

I'm not explaining very well, but I hope you understand what I'm getting at.

And why did I agree with him? I guess it's mainly because I know he takes care of my well being and health as he says he does. And I'm not really interested in cross-training anyway. Learning one style is hard enough! :)

Of course I'm interested to hear what you think about this. Maybe you've heard of all the reasons above! :)

Salam Persilatan,