Saturday, November 24, 2007

From Aikido to Zen (P)

Pentjak Silat

Martial Arts Style

Pentjak Silat, which literally translates to “choreographed fighting,” is one of over two-hundred martial arts styles found in Indonesia. Pentjak Silat has a mystical side to its teachings, and it uses movements seen in Indonesian dance, as well as animal movements, to create an acrobatic style of kicking and punching. Many Pentjak Silat styles employ what are known as “Binuntang Empat,” which means “animal fighting mannerisms.” These styles mimic the fighting movements of the monkey, the tiger, the crane, the snake, the python, and the eagle. If you wish to mimic these substyles of Silat, you should “cross-train” in two or more of these styles. Pentjak Silat practitioners call their training halls Kendang. Students are either Pelajarn (Student), or for the slightly more advanced Murid (Disciple). They call their teachers Gurus, Pendekhar (Spiritual Grandmaster), or Dukun (Mystic).

Prerequisite: Combat Martial Arts or Defensive Martial Arts

Style Maneuvers

Unarmed 4 ranks: Pressure Point attack: when making called shots with the Precision Strike perk, you inflict +4 points of damage on a successful hit.

Unarmed 8 ranks: Improved Trip: DC of the trip check for the free trip granted by this feat is Unarmed or Acrobatics +5

Unarmed 12 ranks: Vital lore: +4 damage when making called shots with the Precision Strike perk, cumulative with Pressure Point Attack

Unarmed 16 ranks: Contemplative Master: your Wisdom is considered +2 higher for purposes of this feat.

Unarmed 20 ranks: Self-Help: +2 Wisdom

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