Friday, May 21, 2010

Basics in Silat Sera - Curriculum

A series of articles by Todd Ellner and Tiel Ansari, from Guru Plinck's website:

The Sera curriculum is really very small. There are eighteen fundamental upper body exercises known as djurus. There are four essential footwork patterns called langkas. A short form called djuru sempok teaches multiple opponent footwork and kicking.

Students demonstrate their ability to improvise while maintaining good form and intention through a framework called djuru combinasi or kembangan. There are sets of techniques for a number of weapons.such as the knife, the big knife, the staff, the whip and the cabang. A number of exercises such as leg work, sensitivity drills, and counter-for-counter frameworks develop important skills and attributes. They show up in different forms depending on the skill of the students.

Gurus pass on or develop exercises of their own. A common one would be a set of sambuts - two- or multiple-peson attacking or defending combinations which illustrate important tactical principles and useful tools. Add a few throws and locks, sparring and similar techniques and you pretty much have what is taught in Serak.

This isn't a very large syllabus for a comprehensive martial art. The guiding idea may be summed up as "Simple tools used with sophistication". The training methods and teaching progressions of the system force students to apply a relatively small number of movements in many different situations in many different ways combined in any order with anything else that he or she has been taught.


  1. Dear Mr Perry,

    Thank you so much for posting all these articles on Sera on your website. I have to say that these articles have been by far the most helpful in helping me to get a glimpse of the art.
    I currently reside in Tokyo and I was wondering if Guru Plinck would be willing to consider teaching me if i was going regularly to your area for 1-2 weeks at a time ? Thanks in advance for your time.

  2. Pascal -- I expect Guru would consider it. Send me your email address and I'll forward your note to him.

  3. Dear Mr Perry,
    Thank you so much for your quick reply. Basically, my e-mail address is
    If acceptable to Guru Plinck and the current members of your group, the idea behind my request would be to go and stay in your area for 1 week-10 days, attend regular classes and, if Guru Plinck is free (I do know he has a family, a job and other responsibilities) and willing, train a bit more during my stay. If the first trip goes well, then it would become a regular occurrence (1-2 times a year ?) with me continuing to train here on my own in Tokyo between the trips. I don't know if that's realistic/acceptable from Guru Plinck's perspective but that is the concept I have in mind.

    Thank you so much again for your reply and for forwarding my query to Guru Plinck.

    Best Regards