Silat Styles

  • Silat Lincah “Adalah lebih baik tiada ketua dari mengikut yang salah”. In the end, our training reverts back to the more stylised traditional arts of Silat, but covers self defence, fitness, art and style, fluidity, co-ordination drills, strength and flexibility training, athletic warm-ups and cool downs on the way. This means that irrespective of the sport you end up doing, you can do it in a safe way with these skills!
Paduka Glenn’s main style is Silat Lincah, a Pukulan style of silat. Paduka’s preference is for a striking art. Lincah being a Pukulan art with specific footwork, and Pukulan are a perfect combination.

In the West, the attitudes to fighting or combat are different to in the East. We are often asked “ Does this work against a jab cross” etc so in light of how people have been trained here- with people knowing a little kickboxing or boxing or some degree of martial art, we decided to reformat the way we teach Silat here.

To that end we restructured the syllabus and included some drills from boxing/ kickboxing and Muay Thai to give us a close in fighting set, that will allow us to teach kids with a lot of fun and agility. It is also amazing at improving your fitness, and the skills transfer directly into our silat techniques and combinations and so it all transitions together into a seamless style of pressure fighting!

Lincah is a fast Malaysian style that favors evasion with follow up sweeps, locks, chokes etc. It has a formidable reputation in Malaysia and Indonesia as a fighting style. Our syllabus uses extensive stepping drills and is taught as empty hands first, though ultimately Lincah A specializes in the use of the Keris dagger and Parang (machete). This system is taught to students before any others. The current Maha Guru of Lincah In Malaysia founded it in the 1960’s from another style known for its aggressive style of play. Guru Glenn learned this style initially from 5 of the most senior instructors in Lincah and then also from the Maha Guru himself, when in 1993 he became Wakil Maha Guru, and also the only personal student of the Maha guru. (There are over 1,000,000 students of Lincah in Malaysia, and Glenn was the ONLY personal student…). Glenn learned primarily from Paduka Johari bin Jantan.  In the constitution of Silat Lincah it was stated that the art could not be taught to non-Malay or non- Muslim. When he returned to Malaysia, his teachers said that if he wanted to learn more, that they had to take him to Maha Guru as he was the only one who could give me permission to learn. This he did. He also over the years changed the constitution of the Pertubohan (association) to allow the art to be taught to these other groups and to include Glenn and his students. Glenn is also the Ketua Jurulatih Kanan Europe- chief instructor for Silat Lincah Europe, and the Appointed Representative for Silat Lincah.


  • Pancasila Gayong Harimau -“Tidak Melayu hilang Didunia” A style apparently with both Malaysian and Javanese origins. The true history of this style is shrouded in the mystery of the teacher that brought it to the West. Gayong Harimau has an extensive syllabus of hand drills, and footwork drills, to compliment the deadly locking and striking techniques in this rounded and complete art.
The system eventually also includes training in bladed weapons, stick, staff etc. this was Paduka Glenn’s first style. He learned it from a Malay instructor called Jak Othman, while Jak was studying here. Glenn completed an instructor program, and was allowed to teach this style. After the teacher was deported, Glenn continued to teach with his blessing. In 1987 Glenn and 5 others traveled to Malaysia for the 4th world Championships. After the competition Glenn was abandoned in KL and introduced to Silat Lincah, where he was taught about the principles that he now holds so dear.

Originally named Pancasila Gayong Harimau, this was the first silat art taught Publicly in the UK by Guru Jak Othman. Paduka Glenn was one of the first to complete Jak’s accelerated training course in about 1985/6, and has been teaching silat continuously since then, after Jak was deported from the UK.

We believe this makes him the longest standing silat instructor teaching in the UK. We wont cover the history of this art in any depth as it seems to have many different versions. It is an excellent all round art that appears to have been modified from the more traditional silat into a “street combat” style. It forms an early part of  our current syllabus to give students an early grounding in a street effective system.


  • Pencak Silat Pukulan Tendangan Madura – An Indonesian empty handed system. Pukulan means “to strike” and students need to acquire remarkable conditioning to allow training in punching and kicking drills designed to attack nerves and limbs, thus disenabling their use. The main, and possibly only and last, exponent of this art was Pa Flohr in Holland. Glenn was introduced to him by David Jennings from Australia, and traveled to meet him. He fell in love with the style, and was overawed by their friendship, honour, humour and humility. He was taken in by Ruud Luiken, who was one of the most senior students of Pa Flohr. Pa Flohr allowed Glenn to incorporate what he had learned in his training into his style. .


  • Pencak Silat Pusaka Sapu Jagat – This is a central Javanese art, combining techniques and principles from the 4 main/original styles of Indonesian Silat. Glenn traveled to Jakarta on a few occasions where he met and trained with the main exponent of this interesting style- Pak Endang MS. There are elements of this demonstrated in the Gerak drills and footwork of PLM.


  • Silat Pukulan Langkah Mati – Over the years, and with the passing of Maha Guru Lincah, we decided that the style we wanted to teach was a progression from Lincah. In the West, there are many people with some MMA or Boxing/ Kickboxing training. While Lincah is an excellent art for the arena in which it developed, it doesnt cater as well for the type of combat and fighting we experience in the Western cultures. As such we have adapted and developed Lincah with a more appropriate base and collection of techniques.
    We chose the name as Paduka Glenn was given permission, by Pa Flohr,  to incorporate Pukulan into the name of his art, and into his system. Langkah Mati is a guiding principle of Lincah, and is an important concept for us, and so, having seen the political climate in Lincah change, we decided to keep true to our roots, and develop and add to the system. The gerak part of the art is where we have added in most to make it more structured and easier to teach and develop.


  • Lightning Scientific Arnis – One of the most powerful stick systems from the Philippines. It combines single stick, double stick and espada y daga. This devastating art was created and developed by Mang Ben Luna Lema. It was brought to the UK by one of his students, Master Shaun Porter, and was taught to a small group in Shaun’s garden. When Shaun was returning to the Philippines, he awarded Glenn his instructor certificate, signed by Mang Ben, with the request that Glenn continue his training and teaching of the art. Out of respect for Mang Ben and the Brotherhood of arnisadors that this has opened up to him, Glenn continues to teach this art. Over the last few years, and with Shaun’s Return to the UK, other instructors have been created, and now a new Lightning Master in the UK as well. We hope to work with them to develop more Lightning training classes around the UK. See link to LSAI…