Silat meets Kempo 2.0

15325271_1147209925364806_5339650939964722931_oWhat could be bet­ter in the run-up to Christ­mas than to meet up in a cosy atmo­s­phe­re and to slap each other’s arms blue, mal­tre­at joints or let yourself be pep­pe­red by the coun­try­si­de in har­mo­nious har­mo­ny? Exact­ly this was on the agen­da of the second semi­nar “Silat meets Kem­po” by Niko­las Sand­rock and Mar­cus Brehm. The two of them dis­gui­se such acti­vi­ties under the name Silat Suf­fi­an Bela Diri. And about 25 mar­ti­al artists from all over East West­pha­lia joi­ned in the fes­ti­ve event during the Advent season.

The tran­si­ti­on from rea­listic mar­ti­al arts to Kem­po and Kara­te was like ope­ning all the doors of a Christ­mas calen­dar at once. And so swel­ling fore­arms, spil­led sweat and a few drops of fresh blood were easi­ly over­co­me. For me as the initia­tor of this event, the Christ­mas mes­sa­ge was: Kem­po is cool! Kem­po is hard! And Kem­po is enor­mous­ly mul­ti­fa­ce­ted and does not have to hide from any other mar­ti­al art! Of cour­se, the boys and girls from the Silat and the fist-work­shop are a gre­at trou­pe, who casual­ly with­stand even har­der strains, who pre­fer to wear bag­gy clothes and t‑shirts ins­tead of scratchy gi, and last but not least, who often make it clear with lar­ge tat­toos that they are a litt­le out of the ordinary.

Niki in Akti­on, immer in Struktur

But with Niki Sand­rock I have the ide­al lec­tu­rer on the hook, who once again took up the cud­gels for “his” Kem­po in front of the 25 par­ti­ci­pants. The Silat tea­cher with the Lung Chu­an Fa Kem­po roots made it clear that he con­si­ders his Kem­po trai­ning to be the “har­dest mar­ti­al arts peri­od of his life”. Pro­per­ly taught and exe­cu­t­ed, the­re are ham­mer-hard har­de­ning trai­nings, rough con­di­ti­on drills and extre­me­ly effec­ti­ve tech­ni­ques. Not­hing against Krav Maga, Take­won­do or other tren­dy Mar­ti­al Arts. But Kem­po with its enor­mous pos­si­bi­li­ties does not have to be shy of any alter­na­ti­ve. It depends on the tea­chers, the trai­ning and abo­ve all on the acti­ve people.

Silat meets Kempo 2.0

This and the simi­la­ri­ties with Silat were on the agen­da for the new edi­ti­on of “Silat meets Kem­po 2.0”. Mar­cus initi­al­ly let us par­ti­ci­pa­te “a litt­le more inten­si­ve­ly” in his con­cept of ground work and “light war­ming up”. But the young man from Det­mold loo­ks so nice! ? After he had mixed up the gang of Kem­po­ka, Silat and Bagua peop­le, it was Niki’s turn.

The trai­ning with the guy from Asen­dorf is just awe­so­me every time. The pre­cisi­on of his move­ments, the under­stan­ding of tech­ni­ques and their back­grounds, the didac­tic fee­ling and the metho­do­lo­gy inspi­re me again and again. In any case, the five hours in which Niki and Mar­cus tur­ned us through the wrin­ger pas­sed by in no time. Which, last but not least, I can’t get tired of empha­si­zing, is also due to the spe­cial spi­rit that the two of them and the Faust work­shop group in gene­ral spread. Here are a few super good moving pic­tures.

The par­ti­ci­pants, espe­cial­ly the hig­her gra­dua­tes of Kem­po, recei­ved ple­nty of gifts from the two experts. Becau­se unra­vel­ling the app­li­ca­ti­ons in their own mar­ti­al arts will still take mon­ths and years. Struc­tu­re, body rota­ti­on, distance fee­ling — super clear in Silat, but just as important in Kem­po. Becau­se this is exact­ly what makes the essence of a mar­ti­al art. Sug­ges­ti­ons from out­side are super. But it is important to reflect and work on the new­ly lear­ned. Always chan­ging the style is like lear­ning lan­guages. If you only prac­ti­ce in one lan­guage for half a year, you can orga­ni­ze your bre­ak­fast ever­y­whe­re. But it is not enough for a real con­ver­sa­ti­on. So get to the basics and impro­ve your Kempo …

Impres­si­ons of the seminar


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