Boxing and Kickboxing

September 6, 2013

Over 2 years ago i recognised a deficiency in general silat training and looked to fill the gap i felt we had in some fluidity and also in some of the rhythm and flow. I also had developed an admiration for certain boxers and looked to copy their style of perpetual motion and continuous movement and fluid defence and attack. this is most noteable in Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. I have studied and am currently doing a coaching certificate in this to allow us to mix it up a little.


Accelerated Training

August 19, 2011

FIRST EVER Silat Pukulan Langkah Mati training will be held in September. i am looking at these weekends- 17sept, 8 Oct 12 Nov and 10 dec. One day each weekend 9.30 till 5ish. i am aiming for this to be a great add on to any art you currently do. My first silat teacher’s philosophy is that we can only make what you do better, giving you some different options and choices, and a view from the other side!!

Instructor course

September 6, 2010

We have an instructor course starting on the 19th September. Malaysian style has not been taught before in Europe!!
Email me for details at

Glenn Lobo


August 18, 2010

At the moment we are currently having a break from Silat classes, but we are restarting again on Thursday 2nd September. We are planning on introducing some new methods of teaching, so make sure you don’t miss out! Currently, I am planning some specialist seminars for throughout the year including weapons, knives, locking, striking, evasion and kick boxing drills. If you have any requests on anything you would like to be taught in the upcoming year, whether it be a specific drill or a seminar on a particular topic, just ask! We can also bring seminars to you if necessary.

Glenn Lobo

At the weekend I taught at the Health and Pugilism seminar in Ampthill. The event was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We covered a few drills and techniques from Silat Lincah and a few other principles from other styles I have covered to show some of the nicer, sweeter aspects of silat.

There is a lot of misinformation about Silat – the animal forms, the mysticism, and the hype people give themselves.. so it was wonderful to teach an interested group of people some of the finer points of such a beautiful art.

Thanks to Mir Abbas Ali for arranging the seminar.

Glenn Lobo

The Nature Of Reality

June 30, 2010

I have heard it said that there are now three divisions in martial arts: reality based street arts, traditional, or sport/MMA.

Many I know, feel it is a shame that many people think like this. It is sometimes an attempt to devalue what other people do, and in essence, undermines the people who denigrate other because they are different..
We oppose racism and even gingerism after all…

I watched a discussion where a martial artist talked about the spiritual aspect of the martial arts in a street context, and was put down by the reality based guy. Saving your ass on the street is more important than kicking someone else’s!! The spiritual aspect is also knowing when
to walk away and when to fight, only fighting if you are given no choice without provoking the situation, and having the discernment to know when to stop.

That is what you learn in most martial arts classes, and rightly so.

Violence is the use of excessive force. As martial artists, it is our duty to oppose violence and only use so if necessary, using our skills, WITHOUT resorting to the excesses we are trying to curb in others.

Glenn Lobo

I was reading an essay by a writer contact of mine and it struck home. He asked his Father what he needed to do to become a writer. His Father replied that to become a writer one needs to write. That’s it!

So what does one need to do to become a martial artist? Well one needs to do a martial art! The problem and the difference between the two is that many painters, artists and writers are self taught. But how can you be a silat teacher if you have never experienced silat? In truth, you can’t. It is not like being a writer where all one needs is to put pen to paper and you are a writer. To be a martial artist you actually need to train in martial art, preferably to study with a teacher/master. You need to put in the hours of work that anyone needs to do to gain mystery of a subject. To be a writer you write, to be a martial artist you do a martial art…but to be a GOOD martial artist you need to put in some good work and combine it with some good tuition and training. I heard about a guy who wanted advice on creating his own style of silat, but he hadn’t started training in it yet. Sadly this approach to martial arts is what lets it down. The people who want to be masters before they are a student, who want the respect and adoration of their students before they have paid their dues and paid their respect to THEIR master. In our now society, people build a structure of self-deception which allows them to believe that the world owes them respect and that they should be a master of silt, and that it is just a freak of nature that they are not. It allowed them to justify their stance that they are good enough even when their teacher says they are not. They stamp their feet and go to another teacher who WILL give them the recognition they crave. In the end they move on regularly gleaning knowledge here, stealing some ideas till they have enough to create their own style, which they don’t really understand but which stops them feeling quite so inadequate, and allows the self deception and delusion to continue.

Glenn Lobo

What makes a real guru?

June 16, 2010

When you train with a guru, you rely on them for your health and well being. If your ‘guru’ is unreliable in turning up to teach you, or is only there for the money, how can you trust and rely on them for your well being, physically and spiritually. I used to go to a guru’s house at the appointed time and he wasn’t there. After an hour he would sometimes turn up. It was clear he had forgotten but would try and cover it up by saying ‘it was a test of my tenacity and willingness to learn.’ Unfortunately, that is bullshit.

Glenn Lobo

Someone said this to me over the weekend after seeing my demo at the FMA festival. I’m not telling you this to big myself up but to illustrate a point.

This person had been bullied at school, and had done some martial arts training over the years, but various factors had led to them giving up. When you look round the hall at some of the luminaries in there you realise the time that these people have given up to make a success of their martial arts.

Wishes are dreams and are gone when you wake. Goals, written and subscribed to are the things that spur you on. Every senior martial artist in that hall over the weekend has put in over 20 years of training, countless thousand hours of work practice blood sweat tears.

Every journey begins with a single step, but if that is all you take you wont get very far. Likewise if you constantly change direction you end up with no goals, no objective and no direction which you can see in some people who train for a few months with many different teachers. To get somewhere in martial arts and life you have to take action, but that is only the start. The key and most important point is to take CONSISTENT action. For those of us teaching and demonstrating at the weekend, that means to train with a proper teacher. Every day do something that will take you nearer your goal.

Glenn Lobo

Talking the talk

June 2, 2010

I was talking to an ex student of mine when it hit me…

The realisation of what many people do…I knew it before, but the clarity of the thought hit me more clearly and sharply than ever before. If you take 350 thieves and vagabonds, a couple of policemen on horseback can clear them…give them titles and you have validation and a parliament…

It’s the same in silat…you take a whole heap of people of dubious qualification and bunch them together, they big each other up…you, the public think they are all okay because they all say nice things about each other. The reality is, they aren’t that good, but are just talking the talk! I went online and saw the perfect examples…wow! A clue, is that the longer the name, the less likely it is to be traditional Malasian Silat…and if they have their names in the style, with few exceptions, it’s their ego talking.

Glenn Lobo