Friday, August 14, 2009

pencak silat - Don't...

It's been a while since i've posted. I have some vids waiting to be posted but I just haven't taken the time to do it. I've been out riding the Sportster... In any case, here are some things you might be able to relate too if you've been in the martial arts for a while.

Don't write me to ask if I think Pencak Silat Pertempuran is good. I do. I've been doing it a long time and I haven't found any single art I like better.

Don't write me to complain about one of the teachers listed on my pages. I don't care. They have ALL taught me something of value.

Don't write me to ask about some other silat school - write them and ask them.

Don't write me to ask about the availability of silat in some little town. If you can't find it on Google then I can't either and it's probably not there.

Don't write me to ask if I'll give you some special discount on items I sell. You probably should save your money if you're that worried about it.

Don't write me to ask how an American could have learned pencak silat. I did it like you - from guru-guru silat. Read the website that's why I have it.

Don't write me to ask how much classes are, for an art you can't find on every corner. If you're that concerned it's probably too much.

Don't write me and and use the term guro after I use the term guru. Pencak silat is not from the Philippines. Guru is the proper title.

Don't write me to ask if there is a PSP teacher or group near you. Read the website. It's all there! Really!

Don't come to my class one or two times, 4 months apart, and ask me to cut you a break on the price. If I wanted to do that, I would have done it from the start.

Don't come to my class and try something 3 times, then - because it doesn't feel comfortable for you - decide it doesn't work. Learning to walk was uncomfortable once too.

Don't come to my class and compare what I do with your martial art of choice. That's just annoying.

Don't come to my class and expect not to get hit. I think there's a TKD school right up the road you can go to...

Don't get pissy with me just because I pick on TKD. Make it so I can't so easily instead.

Don't do kali and then call it silat. It aint.

Don't write me and tell me I'm not doing silat just because it looks different from the ONE style you've ever practiced.

Don't start training with me unless you plan to actually start training with me. I know it seems obvious but you would be surprised... really!

Don't write me about how your silat is so invincible and mine isn't. First off, I don't care. Second, if you're emailing me it's probably not true.

Don't compare sparring with fighting. It aint.

Don't waste my time with excuses. if you tell me how "you can't train because your dog got sick" or some other equally lame excuse. Save it. You're either training or you're not. Period.

There's a whole bunch more that should probably be written but my interest in writing them is phasing out...hope it brought a chuckle.

Guru Stark


Mohd Nadzrin Wahab said...

Salam hormat Pengajar,

Beautifully put. If only all teachers were as eloquent :)

Salam persilatan,

Sean Stark said...

hahaha - I don't know about eloquent but I do try to be direct.

Anonymous said...

amen brother!!