Saturday, October 9, 2010

PARENTS PLEASE you want to READ this and learn about the horrible "CHOKING GAME"

R.I.P Izaac d'Aquin Auguste Dobles

R.I.P Izaac d'Aquin Auguste Dobles 1996-2010
I am sad to say that saturday Oct 2 2010 at 3:30pm, We lost our beautiful 14 year old son Izaac d'Aquin to a horrible tragic event on Saturday. A horrible "game" that kids play to get a quick "high". My son was a straight "A" student, a great Silat martial artist and a great soccer player. He was a beautiful kid that loved everyone and was always there to be a great friend for everyone. He had his whole life ahead of him. I can not even begin to express to you the pain his mom and I and the rest of his family feels. But I must write this for you all. I want to educate you all about the "choking game" kids play and experiment with to get a 15 sec "high". You need to become very aware about this very horrible thing that is attacking our youth today. You will soon realize It is worse than drugs, Highly addictive, easy to do, and "legal", which is why this is so dangerous and which is why kids are attracted to it. Kids even talk about it right infront of their parents and their parents even know what they are talking about. It is known by many names: SPACE MONKEY, SPACE COWBOY, SUFFOCATION ROULETTE, HANGING GAME. It is also known as the "GOOD KID HIGH" cause again there is no drug involved and its "legal". Yet kids do not realize how deadly this is. Even if a kid survives they would end up with dead brain cells & also posible brain damage. It targets over achieving kids who want to expermint with a "high" but with out the fear of getting caught doing "drugs". Kids are doing it in groups, they are also pushing eachother to do it alone and use ropes, scarves, belts, guitar straps. You must be fully aware of all the ways they play the "choking game". We taught our kids to say no to drugs and to be good kids. We had no idea about the "GOOD KID HIGH". We had no idea about any of this stuff till unfortunately after he passed. We where always trying to stay on top of all our children so they can grow healthy and live good lives. We must educate our loved ones, friends and children. PLease pass these links around to your friends who are parents. We must do our best to let everyone know so kids today become educated as soon as possible. Parents you want to talk to your kids now about this and educate them. I know its tough but please you need to educate yourselves about this horrible game claiming our youth and you must teach your kids about the "Choking Game" so that we can all save lives as of today.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this. Peace and God Bless you & your loved ones.

Santiago Dobles & The Dobles - d'Aquin family

You will want to read all the information below and also visit the website below so you get as much knowlegde as you can on this horrible game so you can educate your kids now about the choking game.

PLease read these links:

What happens:
When the brain is deprived of oxygen and/or blood, cells immediately start to die. Plus, any of the following could happen the first or any time:
Bruises/concussions (from falling after passing out)
Short term memory loss
Brain Damage
Retinal hemorrhaging
Cardiac arrest
Brain Death
(permanent vegetative state)

Although there are not firm numbers, many researchers say a high percentage of suicides by suffocation (especially among kids/teens/young adults) are actually victims of the Choking Game.

Who's Playing?
Parents and teachers may think the youngsters in their lives would never get involved in such a dangerous activity. But, remember, a majority of kids see the Choking Game as risky – not deadly. Who plays the game?
Primarily kids in from 9-15 years old, in middle school, will be the players. But that is by no means exclusionary. Kids as young as 6 or 7 have been injured playing, and so have young adults up through their late 20s.

Warning signs:
Bruising or red marks around the neck (
sometimes hidden by means of a turtleneck, a scarf or a permanently turned-up collar)
Ligatures (bed sheets, belts, tee-shirts, ties, ropes) tied in knots (
questions about such objects are often eluded)
Wear marks on furniture (bunk beds, closet rods) from previous incidences
Disorientation after being alone
Unusual need for privacy (locked bedroom doors)
Bloodshot eyes, pinpoint bruising around the eyes
Changes in attitude (aggressive behavior)
Headaches, sometimes excruciatingly bad ones
thud in the bedroom or against a wall – meaning a fall in cases of kids playing the game alone.

It is e
ssential to talk to children about the dangers of choking themselves or others - keep in mind they feel it's 'just passing out' because it's not doing drugs or illegal behavior. Tell them that EVERY time they play this kind of game they are risking death -either brain cells or themselves.

If you know your child is actively participating:
• Increase supervision- be aware of your child’s activities and whereabouts
• Remove any paraphernalia that could be used as a ligature.
• Alert school personnel (the Prairie View Prevention Services prevention counselor at your child’s school, the principal, nurse, school counselor, school police, teachers, etc.) If one student is involved, there probably are others involved.
• Alert the parents of your children’s friends.
• Consult with a physician to explore and address any health needs that have
resulted due to participation in this activity.
•If an older teen is involved, younger children in the same family may be at risk
for participating in this activity.

The Choking Game is also known as Blackout, Fainting Game, Space Monkey, Dream Game, Suffocation Roulette, Pass-out Game, Flat Liner, California Choke, Space Cowboy, Airplaning, Purple Dragon and many more nicknames.

Monday, October 4, 2010

All classes cancelled right now till further notice.

To all my friends, students in Silat, KAP, All classes are cancelled untill further notice. Currently family is grieving our unfortunate loss. Our Son Izaac had a tragic accident. And right now we have to plan out family matters & Funeral services. thanks for understanding and for your prayers and positive energy. GBU - Santiago Dobles

Thursday, September 30, 2010

There is still room left to jump into KAP 1 sessions tues 10pm classes! If you want to register now you still can. You want to learn Chi Kung? & Meditation? Kundalini Energy?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

REIKI ENERGY HEALING Attunements & Training

REIKI is a wonderful and simple non invasive hands on healing modality that anyone can practice once receiving attunements.

If you would like to train Universal Reiki Levels 1,2,3 with me privately via SKYPE you can schedule classes with me via Email. Each Level is $99 that includes attunement & 3 sessions of Instruction Via Skype.

I am offering Reiki Attunements for Levels 1 , 2, & 3 every Thursday night @10pm.

To recieve long distance attunement for any Reiki level:

Please send a donation via to and also a note stating which level you want attunement for.

You will want to get the following book and use it as your manual for reiki 1,2,&3

You can also find great resources here:

Peace & God Bless
-Santiago Dobles

Monday, September 6, 2010

Silat Tip 27: Striking Tips

The Dobles Institute News -- Silat Tip 27: Striking Tips

Striking Tips:

Use continuous hitting.

Strike with the thumb, fist, knuckles pr extended knuckle, palm,
spear, elbow, knee, foot, shoulder, head.

If you hit a soft area use the fist.

If you hit a hard area use the palm.

If striking with a stick hit bone or joints.

If striking with a blade hit soft tissue near arteries, nerves and
pressure points.

Knife: Thrust slash, slash thrust, fillet, dig in, press, index

Stick: Poke, Hit, Smash, Smear, Press, Dig in, index, double hand grip
press and compress.

If you attack low follow it up by attacking high.

If you attack high follow it up by attacking low.

If you attack inside the leg, follow with hit outside the head.

if you attack outside the leg follow with hit to opposite side of

Hit pressure points, internal organs, eyes, groin, throat, nose
arteries etc.

If the elbow hits the hand follows.

If the hand hits the elbow follows.

Your hits should sting and burn your opponent. Your palm slaps should
leave red marks and burn like hell.

when you strike also rub and burn, smear, smash, etc "light a match".

Your fists should bruise the attacker & knock him out.

In order to knock people out you need to learn where to hit. Come to
class for that or go see Guru Cliff Stewart.

For delivering explosive power and "sting" (Fajing in chinese internal
martial arts)

Tighten up your muscles and tendons at the point of impact and then
relax. Imagine it like turning on a light switch and then turning it

Exhale on impact with a " fast blowing out from the nose" or a "SHHHH"
sound with abs contract at the point of impact and then relax.

Your hits should be like the crack of a whip. Hit and then retract it
as fast as you can. The hip should retract a bit before the hit in the
opposite direction of the striking target and then the hip moves
towards the target with your hitting hand and then as you have hit you
then retract the hip and strike back towards opposite direction. Guru
Plinck has this done like no other. Think of it like generating
explosive power from the hips (Fajing in chinese). It can be seen as
applying a bit of GELEK to generate force and power. Or thinking of
the hips as the handle of a whip and your fist as the tip of the whip
that cracks.

Another form of Fajing is done by stomping with the foot as you hit to
create a surge of energy coming from earth to the fist hitting the
target. This is common in some forms of kuntau, Bagua, Chen Tai Chi,
Xing Yi, Sera, Cimande, It is similar to a "PAM" in Ed parker & Ron
chapels Kenpo.

Another form of explosive power is to jump slightly off the ground
each time you deliver a blow or an elbow. This is common in MONYET
(Monkey) & Macan (Tiger) silat styles.

Try to develop 1 inch and no inch power research wing chun punch and
Bruce Lee's 1inch punch.

Also a good strike to learn is to hit with your whole body behind the
strike. This can be seen in a good delivery of a sangsut (Upper cut),
Tai chi, Ninpo. This is down by stepping into the punch and allowing
the core to move together with the blow at the target. Its a "HEAVY"

I hope this helps and gets you thinking a bit more about how you can
deliver the most devastating blow and also the most explosive blow
possible. Remember if you know where to hit and how to hit, all you
need is one blow.

Healing Tip:

Be careful with your training partners if by mistake you hit your
friends to hard as you train, ease back on the "juice".

Also if you hurt them Sit them down cross legged with their palms on
their belly and spine straight. Rub your palms till they get hot as
you do deep belly breathing while the tongue is against the upper

Place the hot palms on the area where you hit them or hurt them and
gently slap the area, rub it in circles till warm with some positive
mental intention & affection (loving kindness, compassionate warmth or
think of the color of JADE GREEN, think "May you heal" etc). Feel your
warmth transferring to that person and healing the affected area.

Then rub your palms again and get them hot and massage their GB20's on
both side in an upwards motions 7 to 15 xs gently so think of it like
squeezing a toothpaste tube upwards gently. This will restore energy
flow in their meridians and body.

Guru Cliff has knocked me out before and in seconds restored my
functions so I was back to normal. I could only imagine how scary it
would be to get knocked o ut and not have one around you to restore
your flow. YIKES!

These techniques work GREAT. USE THEM.

From time to time I would like to hear from you and know how you are
doing in your training. Let me know if the silat tips are helping you
get better.

Please email me and send me your testimonials.
Guru Santiago Dobles

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Silat Training and efforts to train.

I get a lot of people that want to train silat but they do not want to pay for it. I do not charge ridiculous high fees. I am very reasonable. I even work with students to help them afford to train. my teachers have been generous I also show generosity. I have spent thousands of dollars to learn this art. I also get a lot of people that say they want to train silat with me. A lot of them tell me "I want to go but its too far for me". (Aprox 5 to 20 miles away). I have traveled across the country and all over the USA & all over the UK to learn Silat (thousands of miles). Spent a tremendous amount of money, sweat, time, and spent even sleepless nights to learn what i know. I am still preparing to travel all over the world to learn more silat. So please if you tell me that 5 to 20 miles is to far to come to class. Then you don't really want to learn Silat and you don't really want to train Silat and you really don't have the desire to really become Silat. The training is there for you but you have to make the effort to come learn silat and you have to want to train Silat with me so I can actually teach you. Now come to silat class when you are ready. If you are in Los Angeles Seek out Maha Guru Cliff Stewart. If you are in UK seek out Guru Muhammad Arifin & Guru Simon Das. They are amazing Silat teachers and know their stuff. Aside from that they do it from the heart and they do it for real. Others just want to dangle the "Silat" carrot in front of you as you waste 16 years training in a system that goes nowhere and when the student is done they can't even fight his or her way out of a wet paper bag. Or they claim they teach silat but instead they make you do countless ours of JKD instead and only a little silat on the weekend class. And in order to learn more silat from them they make you pay more than what you already pay a month to learn it. Instead of just teaching you Silat alone. Cause somehow they feel you need the "other" fillers in there to make students better at Silat. Give me a break. If a student wants to learn Silat teach them Silat! So you should go see my teachers or you can get on a plane and come see me I will teach you what you want to learn about Silat. I have also heard people say "oh he is too young he can't know enough about Silat to teach me". I have over 3,720 hours of actual teaching time alone in Silat that doesn't include my own personal training time and training under some of the best masters in the world. Some "masters" at best teach only once a week for one hour. Yet because they wear the "gear" and the Logos and the belts some how people assume they have actual teaching experience. Some of them actually have never tested or been put to a real life test with their silat. I have gotten also from folks "oh he has no experience he is too young" I have used the art to survive several real encounters during doing body guard work in South Florida. "Oh he has no real school & no Uniforms" Uniforms wont teach you how to Fight nor survive a real conflict. My "Actual" School has mats they are made out of Concrete and Solid Earth. Some of the best silat training i have done has been out doors and in all masters' hard kitchen floors. If you really want to learn silat and you really want to learn how to defend yourself and your family then you want to get off your Butt and come to my Silat Classes or seminars soon. Salams, Terima kasih dan Tuhan memberkatu Anda - Guru SD

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 26: NLP/ Creative Visualization "ILMU"

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 26: NLP/ Creative Visualization "ILMU"
The Dobles Institute News:
Silat Tip 26: NLP/ Creative Visualization "ILMU"

SILAT TIP The power of intention & reframing negative thought

What you believe and affirm to yourself eventually makes changes in
your mind and ultimately in the physical realm for you.

The ancients knew this, that is why the emphasized mantra, heartfelt
intentions and cultivate mind body & spirit.

In some schools of Silat in Java & sumatra, mantras and sufi prayers
go hand in hand with their training. Some schools have a mantra or
sound or "concept" for every juru.

words can have power and meaning on a very deep level. And some even
have a resonance that can effect or change the vibes inside you.

Recently there have been tests done on water that demonstrate the
effects of what you say or words or resonance has on water in secure

The research is very interesting considering that your body is 80%

I encourage you to take a look at what folks are realizing.

Please research see for
yourself the effects of prayer, affirmation, intention (positive &

When you train think:

"I am getting better at my Silat".

"I am understanding more and more my Silat"

"I am happy when I train more"

"I am feeling comfortable in my body when I train Silat"

Usually saying "I AM ___________" will make your mind/body react. So
the key is to say positive after the I AM. And not things like I am
sick I am tired etc.......

Instead I am healthy, I am happy, I am POSITIVE.

Be creative. Affirmations can be very powerful.

Here is more that can help you get a better "Mind Set".

The mind sometimes needs to be "REFRAMED" or re wired to improve its

For example

Write on a piece of paper a negative:

For example:

Negative: " I tend to think I am slow in my movements when I train

Reframe with questions.

REFRAME WITH at least 10 POSITIVE QUESTIONS for every negative

1) Could it be you are beginning to understand how to properly move so
you can move faster and more efficiently?

2) Could it be your body needs to relax more so you can move more
efficiently and ultimately at a faster speed?

3) Could it be you need to replace speed with timing and positioning
to truly seem faster and to truly overcome speed?

Here is another example:

Negative: I tend to feel like I am i am not learning Silat fast enough
and my body just doesn't "get it".


1) Could it be you learn at the pace that is best for your mind and
body to absorb the information properly together?

2) Could it be you have to allow your body to feel the movements and
the positions so you can understand the art better?

3) Could it be you have to see your self move appropriately with silat
in your mind first and then do the specific movement you want to

4) Could it be you need to listen to your body to understand the pace
at which you should be learning naturally?

Here is another example in a different context:


"I tend to feel lazy about training."


"could it be you just have to make time for training?"

"could it be you just have to train a little each day till it becomes
habit and eventually 1 hour a day?"

"Could it be you need to learn to think about training as well as
physically train to get the most out of your time?"

"Could it be you need to change the way you train to feel inspired

"Could it be you need to try training in a way that will stimulate you

"Could it be you need to spend more time in the ground in low

This is a very important technique from NLP used in business, success

It works very well and can be applied to any "issue".

Write down negative you my find you have about yourself and then
reframe them with positive questions.

Why Questions? The brain likes to solve problems and to "quest" for

Try with things that relate to your training. Then work on more
personal issues and reframe them.

Have fun. The subconscious mind is VERY POWERFUL. Research NLP,
Richard Bandler, Milton Erickson.

Another creative thing to do is MENTALLY TRAIN. See scenarios and work
them out. Guru CLiff told me to train this way and that it was key in
his W.A.R. method for elite body gaurds.

Dr. Morris used to do a meditation named "DAMO's CAVE" where you set
up a mental construct to train and work out your enlightenment and

One thing he would do is have a mental dojo to work out in and to
train with any imaginary teacher you wish. It could be an animal, a
guru, sensei, sifu, master you know or do not know. Practice your
jurus or langkahs in that mental dojo.

This is EXTREMELY useful for training and also allowing the
subconscious mind teach you. Sometimes when I practice this I notice i
get better in the real world with out much effort.

Any time you visualize your self doing a physical activity, you are
strengthening the "wiring" and neurological connections to the muscles
and the nervous system/ brain.

Olympic athletes do this all the time. So why not explore your potential as well? Besides...... Training just the physical is boring.

Guru Santiago Dobles

Monday, July 26, 2010


Silat Tip 28: THE CONCEPT OF GURU & GIRI why they go hand in hand

Giri (Japanese) - a Japanese value roughly corresponding to "duty", "obligation", or even "burden of obligation" in English.
Giri (Sanskrit) - in an Indian context, "Giri," means "mountain" (e.g. nilgiri, ratnagiri). As a Sanskrit honorific it means "venerable, elevated, worshipful" and it is in that sense that the title is applied to Sannyasins." -
" The birth of the concept of giri occurred during the feudal period in Japan, and holds the highest regard in human relationships. A basic breakdown of the the relationships are: Master-subordinate, parent-child, husband-wife, brothers-sisters, friends, and sometimes even enemies and business associates. The most basic definition one can give giri is a debt of gratitude and a self-sacrificing pursuit of their happiness.

Everyday examples of giri can be found in social customs such as New Year's cards, gifts such as year end presents. When one does act involuntarily to a person to whom one feels giri, one must not take into account one's own suffering when alleviating or helping another out of a difficult situation." -

THE CONCEPT OF GURU & GIRI why they go hand in hand.

In Japan there is a concept that is similar to KARMA. Its called "Giri".

My Hoshin Tao Chi Kung, Hoshinjutsu & Ninpo teacher Soke Dr. Glenn J Morris always taught us that one had to have "GIRI". It was even above KARMA to a Budo warrior.

What does this have to do with Silat? Just wait I'll get to it....

Soke Morris used to say if you take once give back twice. If you are given once give back twice. Or if you have received something special, a valuable lesson, a gift, a form of energy, a chance to learn or experience something in life than you would make it your obligation to always to honor and pay back in some way at least twice those that gave you such gifts or lessons, experience or energy. How would you do that? You would always give them back either by giving them credit, giving them energy, doing something special for the person, always being there for them.

For example Hatsumi Sensei Promoted Dr. Morris to high Black Belt level in Ninjutsu, Glenn turn around and made sure Hatsumi Sensei received several honorary Doctorate degrees from respected USA Universities and always mentions and credits Hatsumi in all his published works. (THAT IS GIRI). If we gave energy work or healing or showed Glenn something he would always turn around and load us up with more info, energy, understanding. If you gave him once he would give you twice. You get it?

Usually this concept is expected of students but not of the Guru itself. WRONG........

The Guru should have a form of GIRI towards his or her students as well.

The Guru receives from the students a form of payment, an exchange of energy, a chance to teach, a chance to heal if he is of the healing types. Those are the experiences that allow the Guru to be a Guru. Its not a Piece of paper that says you are a GURU. That does not make you a Guru nor qualified to teach, heal, guide coach etc.

Now here is where the concept gets very interesting. A lot of times GURUS, SIFUS, SENSEIS, PENDEKARS, MAHAGURUS, forget that its their OBLIGATION to take care of their students and to back them up no matter what as it is the students job to do the same for their teacher. Giri is similar to ADAT HORMAT or way of conduct and respect found in PENCAK SILAT. But its a little more. IMMORTALITY of a teacher and his or her methods comes through the longevity of their students and the carriers of their wisdom. If there is no GIRI in a system it will not evolve or grow or survive. Some one has to value it and honor its roots and maintain it and give back at least twice to the systems, the teachers, the future students etc.

To be the teacher you need students, but to be the true teacher you teach your students to teach themselves and to teach others and you value their efforts and time spent training.

I have seen in the martial arts how things go sour when there is no concept of value or "giri" implemented to the system. A lot of folks promise things but few deliver. A lot of folks keep their students as indentured servants.

What happens if you negatively show no giri?....

If you forget your students once they will forget you twice.......

A lot of folks claim to be pendekars but can't even heal themselves. A pendekar is a healer/warrior/shaman. Its not a title you buy. If you think you are one i suggest you test your skills with people with real problems (tumors, HIV, serious illness, Schizophrenia etc) A real Guru is a guide and a protector. In Java a real silat master is more than just a fighter. They take the value and spiritual side very serious as well.

Martial arts with only "FIGHTING" is incomplete. The balance is needed to understand the full circle.

As Soke Glenn said to me in his garage as I received a serious ass whoopin -

"To learn to hurt you must learn to heal." He took away the damage and pain in seconds using energy work and Chi Gung.

"If you take once give back twice"


1) breath in for 4 seconds

2) exhale for 8

increase each ratio by one second till you go to your max.

If you take from the universe/Creator one breath give it back twice as you exhale!


If you received healing or energy or chi from someone give them back 2x's what you received.

Martial Giri:

if he hit you once you hit twice! Generously GIVE IT to those that BRING IT.

Giri leads to generosity. Generosity leads to Abundance. KEEP intentions positive.

What is a Guru's Giri? To teach the art to those that want to learn it with out secrets and with out holding back information in fear of loosing something, to be there for the students when no one else will, to be a protector and a healer, to evolve the arts even further than when they first experienced the art. If you as a teacher show Giri to your students. your students will always show Giri back to you even when you pass. Life is unpredictable and not as long as we all hope or wish for. But I know from experience because I have had teachers that have passed. I still show Giri to the teachers that showed me Giri and even to those that lacked Giri. And it has made me a better person and a better teacher to pass on what i know.

Try to implement GIRI in your life whether it be with your family, teachers, students, friends, elders, enemies etc. Ultimately we are all part f the same divine source so by showing Giri you are showing the highest form of value to your true nature.

Guru Santiago Dobles

Monday, May 24, 2010



Monday, May 17, 2010

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 11: Why Only Silat?

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 11: Why Only Silat?
Silat Tip 11: Why Only Silat?

"Why do you only do Silat? Why do you not Cross train? You used to do
Muay Thai, JKD, KALI, how come now you only do SILAT? Silat is an
incomplete art there is no ground fighting like BJJ or UFC?"

Here is my answer:

Do we train stand up fighting & defending against one attacker? Yes

Against 2 attackers? Yes

Against 3 to 4 attackers ? Yes

Against a Knife attack ? Yes

Against a stick? Yes

Against a Gun ? Yes

Do we train against common ground attacks? Yes

Do we deal well with Single leg & double leg takedowns? Yes

Do we have ground fighting? Yes

Do we train dealing with multiple attackers while being on the ground?

Can we do what we do standing on the ground or on one knee or lying on
our backs? Yes

Do we deal with defending against attacks with out the use of our arms
as if handcuffed? Yes

Do we deal with being in locks or chokes? Yes

Do we use chokes and locks ? Yes but we do not stay to long in them to
become vulnerable to the next attacker. In the real "shit hits the fan"
scenario, you do not have much time; you have to either take the balance
or take the consciouness of the attacker ASAP by what ever means

Do we deal with learning how to attack or defend against armed and
unarmed attacks while "bodygaurding" defending someone else (a
bodygaurd client or family member). Yes

Here is a another one I always hear:

"All you guys do is take downs like Sapu & Biset there is no real
hitting or knocking people out like you see in the ring."

Do we kick? Yes

Do we work kicking with 360 degree awareness? Yes

Do we punch and also use open palm strikes? Yes


Do we have a full understanding of Dim Mak? Marma Adi Pressure points?

We train Silat to Survive and Protect. Survival and mantaining of life
is the main priority by whatever means neccessary.

If your art allows you to still survive an attack and to protect
others even when you are drunk, half asleep, weak, young, old, skinny,
fat, in shape, out of shape, handicapped, then you are doing something
that is more or less SILAT.

In my opinion you would have to combine many "arts" to even come close
to the completeness of such an art such as Pencak Silat.





Silat means Fighting.

We study the art of Fighting.

Now with this said, I believe that any good art that truly teaches
principles and teaches one to understand all aspects of Combat and
Fighting is just as good as any good Silat.

All true Internal Martial and Combative Arts in their highest levels
all start to look the same. This is why no matter what one should
always respect all martial art practitioners and various Styles of
martial arts. Its not the art itself its the practitioner that makes
the art.

Best wishes to all of you in your practice and your martial Path. If
you feel compelled to "cross train" do what your heart tells you. And
listen to your body. I have noticed that when real fighting occurs
most of the "art" goes out the window. But if you are real good the
"science and Strategy" stays with you to the end in a fight. Wars are
won on strategy and exact science so are fights. Use your heads and
stay out of trouble. Use your art as a means to self mastery and self
expression and protection of yourself and loved ones. Happy Holidays!

Guru Santiago Dobles

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 10: The Truth about Silat, the Badui, and Tenaga Dalam Silat Tip 10: The Real Story

Subject: D.I. Silat Tip 10: The Truth about Silat, the Badui, and Tenaga Dalam
Silat Tip 10: The Real Story

I went out to dinner last night and found myself in a restaurant that
had 2 people from Indonesia.

Just my luck!!!! One was from Banten, the other was from Jakarta.

Both know people from the Badui and both studied Silat and Ilmu in
Indonesia. I was thrilled! My wife ordered another round of drinks
and soon our dinner became long affair discussing Silat.

After many long hours of sharing about Silat & Tenaga Dalam the real
secret behind SILAT came out into the conversation.

My friend from Banten said his master always says, Silat is not about
fighting its about Self Control, Patience, above all, always Smiling
and Faith. If you believe in what you do fully with your heart you can
do it.

He said people here in the "Amerika" spend more time watching movies
about Spider man and Super man, he says come to my country and I will
show you the real spider man and super men.

He said that there are some things you just have to see for
yourself about Indonesia; that it is really something like x-men what
some of these masters can do.

They said the real masters do not fight they simply act and make
changes in the world instantaneously by positive thinking. They said
the art is from the ancients it was a way of living in peace with good

Silat to them is about playing and cultivating their mind body &
spirit. He says if you want to get good get up at 4 am and do Silat or
breathing exercises till the sun is fully risen.

Also I heard stories of some of the masters that could actually make a
person holding a gun sick or confused so he or she would shoot wrong.

Also heard stories of masters that could display such feats as walking
on water, eating glass, electrocuting people with their bare hands and
energy alone.

Also heard stories of those that walked the path of light or what they
call "White Magic" and those that are of the "BlackMagic".

People who could conjure things to help them in life and in battle.

They said Silat without the internal or the spiritual is not silat at
all; it is just movements.

There were tales of masters that could make their palms so hot they
can iron peoples clothes with their bare palm.

Could you Imagine getting slapped by this palm?

One guy said he saw people that could magnetize themselves to such
adegree that they could open locks and doors using just their
intentand palms.

I showed them some of our Serak jurus they said it looked more like old
style from Betawi or old Jakarta and a tough style from Banten.

They said that Cimande was a strong Kicking art.

But they said the best silat guys use their mind & heart to
win battles.

And their goal is to serve all and protect all.

They said the inner Badui DO NOT HAVE SILAT AND DO NOT DO SILAT.

The ones that live in the outskirts of the badui some of them do know
silat but only a few and they learned it from other places.

The real Badui people are just spiritual people that place all their
belief into Kejawan, "Gusti" God or the Creator and the Cosmos.

They are simple people who spend their time cultivating their hearts
and spirit; they have no concern what so ever for fighting.

I showed them the lankgkahs we use they were all familiar with them. I
showed them some of my qi gong training and Ilmu & Tenaga Dalam they
both confirmed it is like is down in their country.

So the tip is....the truth is out there: no one "OWNS" Silat and all
you need is in your own back yard. A good heart a good mind and a good
body go a long way.

Train every aspect of your training its not just about the physical.

Train your heart, your body, your spirit and your mind and above all

They also said that the real Silat is intuitive and allowing your self
to "move" as you would naturally move. I have always believed that and
its good to see some confirmation.

Peace & Happy Belated Thanks Giving.
Love, Guru Santiago Dobles

Friday, March 26, 2010



Cimande -Sera - Mustika Kwitang



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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bullshido, Bujinkan Shidoshi Felix Diaz, "littleoldme", Chi Kung Master David Lee Andreasen, Everyone who has posted anything about me, I personally thank you for everyone's kind words. I wish everyone here more health and long life. May everyone here have more success in their endeavors and training in what ever path they choose to follow. "littleoldme" carry on fighting the good fights in life. More power to you. May you help many from being hurt in this lifetime.

I have nothing to prove to anyone. I have no powers I have no abilities I have nothing and I am not interested in having any power or ability. I have no fighting skills, I only look to learn how to survive and have peace around me. I do not heal, only God can heal and knows all things seen & unseen. I am only interested in being close to my Divine Creator and helping my fellow brothers & sisters on this planet to become better, more peaceful & healthier people. You want to know about "energy" & Chi Kung , or Silat as an effective martial art simple go train and learn and practice daily. Seek out those who "know". The only real truth in life is the one brought on by experience & practice. Repetition is the mother of all skill. I am not interested in this thread or wasting time and energy on things other than taking care of my family, my friends, my students and my personal training & evolution in the art of Pencak Silat, Chi Kung & Healing. Thank you for everything and may you all find truth & Peace in your life.

Peace & God Bless

Santiago Dobles

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



Cimande -Sera - Mustika Kwitang



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Energy Healing & Chi Kung

Guru Santiago Dobles Sera & Cimande
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Friday, March 5, 2010


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Oldie but Goodie... D.I. SILAT TIP 16 - "Learn To Train in Any Terrain, In Any Clothing

An Oldie but Goodie...

D.I. SILAT TIP 16 - "Learn To Train in Any Terrain, In Any Clothing

The Dobles Institute News
January 2008, V2

SILAT TIP 16 - "Learn To Train in Any Terrain, In Any Clothing

Learn to train in any terrain, and in any clothing. A lot of people at
one point have been spoiled by their sweat pants and comfortable
t-shirts, uniforms, or Gis or Muay Thai shorts and their Dojo pads,
and mats and flat leveled padded floors.

I hate to break it to you, but when you need to use your art, you wont
be wearing a gi or muay thai shorts or a kung fu suit that allows you
to "stretch" and land your high kicks or twist and turn with ease. You
will most likely be in normal civilian clothing or business attire. Or
you may be caught off guard in your PJ's.

So what do you do?

Train every day in whatever clothes you wear on a daily basis.

When I train Silat I train in cargo shorts or pants a t shirt and
sandals cause that is what i wear daily sunny in Florida. But every
once in a while I put on some nice dress shoes and nice clothes at
home and move around to see what I can actually do and not do.

When you do real bodyguard work as my teacher, myself and my students
have done you learn quickly that the client wants you in a suit and
tie. So you have to learn to move and fight in such clothing as well.

What you learn real fast is that you have to move with efficiency and
that most of the movement range you have is for Close Quarter Combat

High Kicks are absolutely out of the question not to mention stupid in
a real fight. If you like kicking (which I do a lot), Kick low attack
knees, feet, calf muscles, kick inner thigh, groin, but do not strive
to kick any higher than the groin in real street combat. Ma ybe at the
most a foot jab to the lower Dant tien or alarm points near groin.

Believe me it can be a liability for your self, your client and your
pants to kick high!

Go outside and make the Earth and wherever you live your dojo. Train
on the concrete, grass, in between 2 parked cars (Careful you do not
scratch the cars!!!!).

Practice take downs slow on concrete and grass till you build up body
conditioning and also break falling so that you can fall from anywhere
on any surface and it will not hurt you. If you train slow and build
up to it you will not get hurt.

My students trained for years on pavement and on grass now when they
fall they fall like cats on any surface and get right back up ready to
scrap. Indonesian break falling helps to train this as-well.

You will find that in the real world a lot of things we are told
become useless unless of course you have trained with someone who has
used what they know and has used the information they have given you.

One thing I noticed working as a body guard is that Kick boxing, & BJJ
just simply will not fly in the night club when you have 2,000 people
and you are protecting a client and a fight breaks out. Its all about

I remember being in a fight where there were many people fighting in a
concert; I was working security and I found myself surviving simple by
using my juru 1 & juru 5 elbows to cover and strike and to recover
another security guard (not a silat guy just a grappler) that decided
to use Grappling in such a fight.

He ended up getting kicked in the head and knocked out cold on the
ground while attempting to lock somebody up. I came out unscathed. I
do not think I would have survived such a conflict or been able to
protect the other security and the main client had I been bouncing
around kick boxing style or trying to lock people up.

I remember Sifu Francis Fong telling me once that trapping becomes so
important in close quarter. He also said that the only thing that will
work in a hong kong street or train with a billion people everywhere
is close quarter fighting. I believe him.

Guru Cliff Stewart has proven to me many times that in the pinch what
will help you survive and will make you less likely to get hurt is to
have control over a few things and to know your Principles. A Silat
warrior looks for survival, and to protect those in need. It should
never be about ego based fighting.

Here are the things you need to know and study and fully understand.

1) Always maintain TARGET DENIAL. If possible deny yourself as a
target (if you can avoid fighting or leave the scene with out
abandoning a loved one or a client, do it. Do not let your ego get in
the way! There is nothing cowardly about survival.) If you have to
fight and defend yourself or protect someone than make sure you always

2) NEVER fight nose to nose.

3) Take the Balance or Consciousness immediately. Do not wait. A man
that has no balance or is not conscious has no strength and can not
fight. Weaken the attackers' mental attitude.

4) Always use the Guardian Hand System. Cover high and low and always
Control Center Line no matter what! Remember there is a center line
that is horizontal and one that is vertical.

5) Break the Vertical Plane.

6) Attack the alignment of body and spine.

7) Attack the base and roots. A Tree with no roots falls hard. A
building with no base topples over.

8) Displace the balance. Get him on the edge of his heels or toes or
up on one leg.

9) Understand the use of angles for shoulder position, take downs,
striking, targets selection.

10) Target Selection and method of application. You need to know where
to hit efficiently to cause the most pain or KO. Do not just hit
arbitrarily this is a waste of energy and time.

11) Use Continuous hitting. If the hand hits, the Elbow follows. If
the Elbow hits, the fist follows. For this you need to know at least
juru 1 or a Pukulan set. Remember that Cimande means running water or
flowing river. So hit like flowing white water rapids!

12) Use level change

13) Understand your bases. If the lower base moves upper base stays
the same, if the upper base moves lower base stays the same.

14) Understand how to transfer energy, when striking, using locks,
take downs, in defense against locks.

15) If there is a space, fill it by hitting or by closing the gap with
your body.

16) Whip like Bamboo and ricochet like bamboo.

17) Know how to Dissolve your center, Move your center and Fortify
Your center.

18) Learn to hit and generate power from any distance.

19) Understand how to BREATHE

20) Learn to distract and mesmerize your opponent. Also learn to
disrupt an opponents energy field. (Kembangan plays a major role in
developing this)

21) Learn to strike with your mind and to strike like lightning. In
Silat they call it "poison hand" strike or "Kilap", "Kilat", Taoist
call it "secret sword" technique. Dr. Morris was great at this, he
could knock you over using mind intent alone. Also Francis Fong is
very good at secret sword. Sifu Fong could pak sau you on the outside
of your arm and make the inside of your arm bruise! Can you do that?
Think of what a strike like that could do to an internal organ? Where
ever your mind and eyes are your energy will follow. Study in this!
Sometimes if in your mind you have seen the strike or have made the
hit or the take down before it actually happens in real time, the
opponent's bio-energy and subconscious mind registers as if it already
happened making it there fore easier for you to achieve it in real
time. The MIND is a very POWERFUL TOOL. USE IT! I will go into more
detail on how to use your mind in silat at a later time but use your
imagination and learn t o project your mind intent is KEY. The one who
spends time refining their mental energy and spirit will have the
upper hand.

22) Learn to be sticky when needed. Make any part of your body able to
be like adhesive at any moment in time when fighting. This becomes
crucial when dealing with a knife attack. You need to learn to stick
to the weapon hand with out getting cut until you can disarm or
neutralize the attack and opponent.


24) Learn to direct your energy and focus to any point on your body or
outside of your body.

25) In terms of take downs you must know BASE, ANGLE, LEVERAGE (watch
video of Guru Cliff Stewart W.A.R, bukti negara sambuts by Pendekar
Paul deThouars, or Guru Stevan Plinck's Bukti Negara paladin press
video or his Serak Tapes.

26) When a weapon is in your hands you still use silat. The weapon is
only an extension of the hand which ultimately is only an extension of
your mind and energy.

27) As you get older strength and speed will have to be replaced by
proper timing and positioning.

28) If you feel his or her energy Yin you use Yang. If you feel his or
her energy Yang you use Yin.

29) Be the Bullfighter not the Bull.

30) If you feel your opponent retreating, penetrate and take over.

31) You can never punch or strike enough. Pukulan is a generous gift;
make sure you give a lot of it when needed!

32) Use soft to hit hard and hard to hit soft. In other words use your
palms to attack the hard bone surfaces of the opponent and fists to
attack fleshy regions. A slap can be extremely dangerous. Think about
it you have more surface area to hit with. A fist to the neck is far
more damaging than to the skull. If you hit Hard to soft/soft to hard
you reduce the risk of injuring your hands.


34) Learn to read body language this alone can indicate peace or a

35) Always use INDEXING when dealing with an attacker who has a

36) Understand Polarity in combat. YIN & YANG can truly unlock many
secrets and make things much easier for you in real stressful

37) Understand the 5 major principles that will allow you to perform
any type of Lock or control.

38) Always train your ACTIVE VISUALIZATION do at least 5 min a day.
(Mental meditation of "what If ?" scenarios.) GO SLOW, BREATHE DEEP. I
think of this as a Mental Combative Kembangan.

39) Learn to heal yourself and others. You will need to take care of
wound if need be and to also deal with traumas caused by training and
potential traumas caused fighting. Knowing how to clear your and other
peoples chakras, and aura, can be a great asset and preventative tool
against illness, pain, fatigue, aging etc. Funny how all the old
warrior cultures of the old days had exact sciences on how to use
pressure points, massage therapy, acupuncture, herbs, plants, energy,
some form of hands on healing, mantra and breath to heal. And guess
what the ancients SAW BATTLES, AND WAR TIME AND SURVIVED. Yet in our
modern Dojos and gyms of today most people have zero knowledge of the
proper ways to heal somebody when they get injured or fall ill or
acquire major trauma. Do yo u know hot to restart someone's energy if
it has been shut down or they are passed out or about to die? If you
want to know how to hurt you must also know how to heal. Read Books on
Energy Healing (Reiki, Chi Gung, Pranic Healing), Chi Ni Tsang,
Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Marma Adi, Yoga, Ayurveda, Contact to learn about herbs and aroma therapy.

40) Get W.A.R videos and W.A.R book by Guru Cliff Stewart. I can not stress enough how good and how much of
a real master Guru Cliff Stewart is. He is a real Doctor or Scientist
in Martial Science. You are missing out if you do not get his material
or go meet him. Same goes with Guru Stevan Plinck Check out his Serak
& Bukti Negara Videos.

At first glance one can read this list and says "Yeah yeah yeah I know
all this stuff. But until you really know it like Guru Cliff Stewart
knows it or like other masters know it, YOU DON'T KNOW IT."

I remember when I first met Guru Cliff Stewart. He asked me what I
knew about silat. I said "I know these jurus, these techniques etc"
Turns out after 2 minutes touching hands with him and getting thrashed
around on his living room floor I realized I knew SQUAT about PENCAK
SILAT. It was a very humbling experience for me. Mind you I already
had trained for many years in "Silat, JKD, KALI, WING CHUN, MUAY THAI,
GRAPPLING" and I found myself completely helpless and useless against
his understanding in SILAT. This made me realize 90% of what I was
taught in Commercial Dojo setting Martial arts is useless with out
real understanding and real principles.

A lot of these things you will need to see in person. An email and
sometimes a video can not convey the actual feeling and understanding
needed. So I invite you to come train!

Best wishes in your training,


Guru Santiago Dobles

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The Dobles Institute News:


Posture training for developing structural integrity, alignment, and
understanding on a deeper level.

Pick a posture in Silat. It can be any posture from either standing
position or a sumatran posture on the ground. The idea is that its
asif you FROZE a frame of time on a film or pressed pause on your
DVDplayer. Take for example the posture of the standing Garuda or
theposture of upward elbow in juru 5 from Sera or a ground posture
such as Kucing cat closed or open (if you are not sure what that is
youwill just need to come to a class : ) ).

Keep the tongue against the roof of your mouth. Get into the postureas
if it was a YOGA ASANA. Hold it with the body relaxed completely. As
you hold the posture breath deeply using your belly breathing or what
Dr. Morris would call the "Buddha's Breath" (Inhale down to yourlower
abdomen and fill it with chi or breath. Gently push down on your
genitals as if you had to pee and then pull up on your sphincter
muscles and Glutes and wrap the belly towards the spine and tighten
the abs a bit. Then exhale and squeeze belly towards your spine.
Imagine as if your navel area could touch your spine (this produces
anice massage for your internal organs).

This breath is done gently. DO NOT FORCE IT! Relax into it and stay
relaxed. Keep the inner smile going as you practice your posture. So
breath in for a count of 7 hold for 7 in lower belly as you tighten
abs and move navel towards spine and then exhale for a count to seven
(Indonesian Yogictriangle breathing). Mak e sure that as you hold the
posture and breath you keep the spine suspended and straight.

So take the pose hold it firmly but relaxed and perform deep breathing
as you hold the posture. Set a timer for 5 min AND DO NOT MOVE FOR
5MIN! If you get good next time you set timer and hold it for 10 min.
Just relax empty the mind and just focus on your body, your spine,
your lower Dan tien and the breath or any one of those things.
Iusually just keep my mind centered on my dan tien. If its the
VerticalElbow from juru 5 then make sure you are in a LOW stance so
you buildleg power. If you are in a ground posture make sure you still
suspendthe spine.

Believe me this is a BRUTAL but effective work out to develop tendon
strength, INNER POWER (TENAGA DALAM), focus, awareness, energy.
(Sometimes you may even arouse your Kundalini this way. You may find
that parts of the body might tremble or you may find that energy moves
through the body vigorously. If that occurs just relax. When I used to
do a lot of Hatha yoga the real yoga was to hold a pose for a long
time until your body would almost give out. This builds real power.

Trust me but do not take my word do it once and see for yourself.
Youcan apply this to any pose (Yoga, Silat, or just standing like in
ChiKung, or a handstand or a push up plank or any pilates pose
willwork). You can also try to just stand on one leg and hold the
postureas you hold your hands in an elbow or center line cover or
guardian hand or fist etc. Try to do one Posture a day.

You will be surprised what happens when you go back to your Silat
andyou find yourself in that posture the amount of power and energy
youcan unleash.

I remember training with Guru Harold Koning in is garage doing Mustika
Kweetang Silat and he would have us hold an imaginary ball in our
hands and Squat in a low squat so that the legs where in 90 degree sit
but ass off of the ground. You would have to hold that till the legs
and body would tremble and you where SOAKED in sweat. I remember
thinking to myself that it was torture but let me tell you from that
experience I gained very explosive legs, knees, and the ability to in
a blink of an eye squat or jump up. Guru Harold is in his 70's and he
can move like an APE and has GORILLA strength! One of my students
trains with Guru Harold still to this day and he is in his 50's and
also has the ability to squat and jump and move like a cat when need

The ancients never separated the internal trainingfrom the combat.
Things like Yoga and Chi kung or Tenaga Dalam were very much part of
what they did along side of their combative training. Warriors of old
had to walk many miles to get to the battlefield with gear, swords,
shields etc. The conditioning of the old timers was a lot different
than today. I know that in tibet the warrior lamas would train lifting
heavy boulders much like how akettle bell is used today but with yogic
breathing and postures and structural alignment.

Anyhow just see for yourself start holding a POSTURE every day for at
least 5 min. and work deep breathing. Any posture will do.

Real strength comes from relaxation and breathing and the right mind

Enjoy and TRAIN as much as you can whenever you can.

Guru Santiago Dobles

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tao Semko's Tantra Tips "Learning from Lions..."

Tao Semko's Tantra Tips
"Learning from Lions..."

Dear Santiago,

I don't care how you walk the spiritual path - as a lover, a warrior,
a monk, a yogi... you can learn a lot from lions...

Most spiritual seekers get nowhere fast for one reason, and one reason


Nobody is going to do a practice that's boring.

But there is a better way of practicing.

Just look at the lion cub...

Watch lion cubs play. On TV or on youtube, it doesn't matter. Watch
them play. As you watch them in your screen, you'll become absorbed in
the expansion of their awareness, as the cubs stalk, pounce, hide,
chase, frolic, posture, vocalize, seek solitude, negotiate their
surroundings, and each other...

It's fun for them. It's filled with emotion. It's playful. It's
relentless. It's realistic. Their kind of playing requires intuition.

It never stops. It pushes limits. They need stillness and motion,
quiet observation and rapid action. They build timing, awareness of
distance, self-awareness and awareness of the others of their tribe.

Their practice is motivated by primal drives - hunger, reproduction,
social pressures, the need for fun! It builds focus without tunnel
vision. This is the kind of practice that creates expansion (TAN-otti)
to liberation (TRA-yotti)= TANTRA.

What are we talking about here? Learning games... Lion cubs take each
skill they need to perfect in order to survive and prosper, and turn
it into an ever-expanding game.

The game never stops.

Even when they're sleeping, you can see them playing in their dreams -
chasing, hunting, sniffing, listening.

They play alone with their environment. They play with phantom "prey."
They play with their food.

They chase and stalk their brothers and sisters.

They play with (and on) their mother. They learn to hunt, to fight, to
find the best places to eat and sleep, they learn what plants to chew
to settle an over-stuffed stomach. They learn conceal themselves from
each other and their prey...

The cubs constantly create, making more and more elaborate games. They
learn to use all of their senses and emotion to intensify and remember
these useful behavioral memories.

They learn to trust intuition. They learn the effects of facial
expression, posture, roars and whimpers, on themselves and those
around them...

They learn to always observe and be watchful, but to mind their own
needs... To be both social and solitary.

They learn that a lion who manages his surroundings out-competes the
lion who merely reacts...

For lion cubs, practice is never boring. It can't be.

If a cub does something obvious, boring, or repetitive, the other
lions quickly swat him in annoyance...

The more a cub seeks new skills, and the better a cub makes this game
a fusion of creativity, aquisition, intensity, repetition, efficiency,
variation, sensuality, emotion, intuition, and letting go at just the
right time, the more that cub prospers...

Come out of the program for a moment....

This lion's game is in itself more than most people grasp of the
powerful learning process during their whole lifetimes....

Successful tantrics begin here, just like the lion cubs in the
program, acquiring new skills by becoming simultaneously absorbed in
themselves and in the world outside them. They use all the methods the
lion cubs do, but with the goal of discovering their place in nature,
but also their conscious relationship to the Absolute, the Universal.

Tantrics seek one-pointed absorption in the Absolute, while enjoying
their lives in this world... liberated while in this body, constantly
playing (leela) with passion, creativity, sensuality, and intuition...

How can you achieve this feeling?

Pick one tantric practice...

Playfully integrate a that practice with your everyday life. Make it a
part of eating, shopping, watching tv, working, relaxing, loving, or
exercising. Then, all week, play with variations. Just like the lion
cubs, practice constantly while giveing yourself the freedom to have
fun, to play, to enjoy, to improve, to integrate.

Connect your practice with extraordinary experiences, emotionally,
intuitively, sensually. Make it a part of your daily life... Keep
playing and growing.

Soon everything becomes a sadhana (spiritual practice)...

Eating, sleeping, making love, cleaning, negotiation, going to the
movies, everything...

It's simple when you play our way, a little at a time, relentlessly
and joyfully...

The Dalai Lama smiles at every person he encounters. If they don't
smile back, he smiles again. It's simple, playful, powerful, without

Smile, breathe right, and keep your tongue up!

Your Friend,
Tao Semko of

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Friday, January 29, 2010





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and your practice!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Hi guys,

Hopefully you have all organised your travel plans and accomodation, and are primed and ready to go. I for one am excited, and look forward to meeting you all in person! A couple of things to confirm, so you will be able to find the location without any trouble :)


First off, I am enclosing a map of the location (see attachment), and where to find the room when you enter the campus. I have highlighted the entrance from Gower Street, and in turn the actual room. The nearest tube stop is Euston Square, so if you get off there it’s a 2 minute walk.

The location in a grander London scale can be found below via Google Maps:

(The original link that I sent on pointed to another building, above is the correct one :))

We are going to start at 1900 on the Friday, but should be around a little earlier to set things up. The room is in use until 1830 so there maybe a slight delay, but there's plenty to see on campus so we won't be short of things to do. If you do get lost, just ring me on my mobile: +447808822909.

I'd suggest, if possible, printing out the two maps just in case. Just to reiterate, below is a link to the London Tube maps:

And the original link I sent you with the guide how to get from the airports to the city:

Plus for Kings Cross:

These are big transport hubs so you'll have no problem finding them from the airport. I'd suggest buying an oyster card at the station, which is a pay as you go card for all transport within London, it can be easily topped up at all stations and usually works out the cheapest method of transport.


Now, at the moment its snowing in London, and its quite unpredictable. So I'd suggest at the minimum bring some warm clothes and maybe an umbrella. This gives you an idea how unpredictable it is:

Shops etc…

Theres a large Supermarket 10 mins walk down the road which will be open weekends, but there are no canteen facilities open on site at the weekend. There are a few restaurants in the area so we'll have no problem finding a place for a lunch. I'd suggest buying a big bottle of water on the way to the event, as its all too easy to forget.

What to bring

In summary:

* Wear loose clothing such as a t-shirt and tracksuit pants
* Large bottle of water (very important)
* Pen and Paper
* Zafu (meditation cushion or similar - optional)
* Yoga mat (optional)
* Blanket (it maybe cold!)

A full description can be found below:

If you get stuck, give me a buzz and I'll help out where I can. Hope you all have a safe trip and I'll catch you soon. I apologise if I haven't replied to some of you individually, if I missed anything just let me know.

Emmet (UK Organizer

Friday, January 8, 2010

cool link

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Silat training 2

More Ideas for training i posted on Forum

A good idea too are the cheap pilates small spheres that are 5 - 8lbs. Those held in palms as you go through juru motions are also a +. Sometimes the kettelbell handles get in the way of the "sphere" so better to get small weighted sphere of some sorts.

Also I have found that when training for power in a hit or strike or transfer of energy we have to consider a few things.

1) Training Horizontal Power

2) Training Vertical Power

3) Training Breath work (Chi Kung/Tenaga Dalam) & Relaxation/Yoga.

4) Always getting "lower" yet at the same time reaching "higher". HEAVEN & EARTH/AS ABOVE SO BELOW.

I can't comment on other styles but in Jurus in Serak & Cimande there are plenty of moments where vertical or horizontal power is expressed. So it would make sense for one to repeat those motions as much as possible slow with proper breathing & Relaxation. And then also immersed in water, and then also with added resistance (weighted vest/dumb bell/kettle bell etc).

Horizontal Power is for sure trained with Gelek/Twisting/Spiraling. Also one can work on lowering center of gravity as you GELEK to gain more strength & Power.

Vertical Power is trained with Up & Down Squatting or Jumping motions along with Proper Spinal Suspension.

Well truth be told Spinal Suspension is major key in all expressions of true power.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes, Peace & God Bless

Guru Santiago Dobles

Friday, January 1, 2010

Training For Silat

I posted this on "SILAT.TV" in a forum about training for "Impact".

But i think I will post here : )

A few things to add to your SILAT TRAINING.

Gelek should be trained daily (slowy Twisting/Corking/Spiraling)


1) Alone with just Breathing and try to get the body to work 360 degrees.

2) Constantly getting lower towards the Earth yet have & maintain a suspended Spine.

3) then later practice as you hold a kettle bell 26 lb or more or with a weighted vest on.

4) then practice Gelek with Random Silat Hand motions Elbows Punches etc.

5) Practice the same thing immersed in Water up to your Throat.

When doing GELEK MOVE SLOW Pivot from Ground up slowly "twisting".

Also simple always looking to get "LOWER" cause you can always use more LEG power : ).

Just standing in a low Kuda & getting through all Serak Jurus will get ones legs burning easily. Walk the Langkahs LOW & SLOW.

Another Aspect I like train often is to simple slip a 10lb kettle bell on one foot and lift that leg up maintain it up with knee slightly bent and the support leg slightly bent so I find a "root" on that one leg as i work Jurus with my hands up top or punch or do jurus with 5 to 10lb weights SLOW.

I maintain the leg up in air till its no longer possible and then open hip and keep going some more so you work the leg being held at different angles in terms of the hip open as the knee is slightly bent. ( A LITE WEIGHT SHOULD BE USED NOTHING CRAZY HEAVY).

And then I do the other leg.

Its a REAL task to get through all the cimande or Serak Jurus up top as you hold one leg up with our with out a weight.

What ends up happening is your body gets used to finding ways to root and balance and build power.

The other way that builds awesome power and strength is to SLOWLY sapu & Sabet & Biset a 53lb kettle bell with socks on a slippery floor slowly. Its like "SLOW SOCCER" : )

Lastly Work out with Trees :). Strike them slowly build up the intensity as you breath. Work fore arms, palms, punches, elbows, low kicks. Then also work Isometrics on Tree using Silat Motions.


All of the above should be done with Tenaga Dalam Breath.

If you don't know what what I am talking about just come to one of my Silat Classes I will gladly Share with you.

Peace Happy New Year & God Bless.

Santiago Dobles