As a student and teacher, I am always eager to learn about renowned Silat teachers.
While I am always open to learning more about renowned teachers of any Silat system, I am particularly interested in the teachers who teach the systems that comprise the Silat that we teach.
As a teacher of a composite Silat system, I feel compelled to share information about the teachers of the systems that influence our Silat.
Additionally, I feel compelled to share information about the previous generation of teachers that have some connection to our Silat.
The Silat Teachers section of my website is for you …
… the interested onlooker,
… the beginning student, and
… the experienced Silat student or teacher.
The Silat Teachers section of my website provides information on teachers vs. instructors, masters, finding a teacher, and links to renowned Silat teachers.
The teachers detailed here were chosen for two or more of the following reasons:
A common definition of instructor is “one who instructs.” In this case, the instructor is a Silat instructor.
A teacher, on the other hand, is "one who teaches." In this case, the teacher is a Silat teacher.
While common definitions portray these two terms as synonymous, experience reveals the difference.
My experience has led me to believe that the discerning difference between a teacher and an instructor comes down to understanding versus knowing.
In my opinion, teachers truly understand their subject matter.
Teachers do not simply know their material; they understand the “how” and the “why” as it relates to the subject.
Teachers are flexible and have the ability to modify their presentations to engage students of different learning styles.
Teachers appreciate and understand the various reasons – artistic, historical / traditional, self-defense, etc. – why specific material is being passed on to students.
Teachers welcome questions because it gives them an opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings and also allows them to provide greater detail as it relates to the answer, which helps students learn the “why” behind the answer.
Make no mistake; quality instructors know their subject matter. But knowing the subject matter isn’t the same as truly understanding the subject matter.
Quality instructors are highly capable of instructing groups and passing on knowledge to them. They generally do this by following a scripted curriculum.
Instructors are typically less flexible and less adept at modifying presentations to fit the different learning styles of students.
Instructors may not truly understand why they are passing on what they are passing on.
Instructors may be
apprehensive when it comes to answering questions because they may understand
that the canned reply of “This is how I was taught to do it, so this is how I
will teach you to do it” lacks any real meaning for the inquiring student.
By definition, I’m sure you would agree that a master is a person eminently skilled in something; for instance – Silat.
The Silat master has the ability or power to use his art.
He is capable of controlling or disposing of enemies – both external and internal.
Some masters are true masters.
Other masters are false masters.
A True Master
A true Silat master is a liberated being, in addition to being highly skilled in his art.
He is a master of himself, not of others.
As a true master, he wants others to become masters themselves, not his disciples.
A truly Silat master is not interested in making disciples, he is interested in making devotees of Silat.
A False Master
False masters tend to be self-proclaimed masters.
A self-proclaimed Silat master is rarely, if ever, a liberated being.
Additionally, while he may possess some serious skill in his art, he lacks the polish of the true Silat master.
He is not a master of himself, but he likes to be the master of others.
As a self-proclaimed master, he does not want others to become masters themselves; instead, he wants others to be his disciples.
Being Your Own Master
Seeking the eminently skilled master or the true master may seem like the wise choice because it is, but NEVER forget the old Buddhist Proverb:
“When the student is ready, the Master appears.”
A master can certainly impart some knowledge to you and a master can help you discover things about yourself, but know that it is not the accumulation of knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true personal growth and development.
In other words, you are your own master.
As such, you should be a light unto yourself.
Two quotes from Jiddu Krishnamurti relate directly to you being your own master.
“You must know for yourself, directly, the truth of yourself and you cannot realize it through another, however great. There is no authority that can reveal it.”
“You yourself have to be the master and the pupil. The moment you acknowledge another as a master
and yourself as a pupil, you are denying truth. There is no master, no pupil, in the search
As a prospective student, your focus should be on finding an effective teacher that:
In closing, I understand that most people do not make the distinction between "teacher" and "instructor" this precisely.
However, as a Silat Teachers fan, you are not most people.
You are more discerning than most people.
If you’re an avid Silat student or teacher or just an enthusiastic Silat fan, you owe it to yourself to check out these renowned Silat Teachers: