Summary: A brief comment
Comment: First, I should say a little about myself, so you'll know where I'm coming from. I am a professional martial arts instructor with black belts or instructor rank in Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean arts, and have been studying martial arts for over 40 years since I was 12, but I've never had the opportunity to study the beautiful but deadly art of Silat. However, the style of Kali I hold instructor rank in is said to be about 25% Silat, so I have some background in it, but it's one of the few remaining arts I have yet to study in pure form. Some day I hope to rectify that deficiency, but for the time being I want to say that I think Silat ranks among the world's great contributions to martial arts and deserves to be better known.
As a result, I've researched the art of Silat through the many videos now on the market, and I have just about every important video done on the subject at this point, including William Sanders 10-volume set on Tjimande silat, so I thought I'd make a brief comment and say that I found all the videos I have to be excellent instuctional tapes on the still relatively unknown art of silat. Guru Sanders demonstrates all 18 jurus, or upper body forms, along with many practical applications and self defense techniques in the course of this set. There are also videos devoted specifically to the ground techniques, self- defense, free style sparring, and many other topics in Silat, covering the whole range of topics.
I understand there is some controversy surrounding Guru Sander's credentials and how much training he actually received in Indonesia, but as a martial arts instructor with over 40 years experience, and I think I can tell if someone moves well enough or is knowledgeable enough to be doing a video tape. I found Guru Sanders an articulate, skilled, and knowledgeable exponent of the still unknown but deadly art of Silat and I can recommend his videos if you want further information.