Friday, May 27, 2011

The Dobles Institute News: 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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


PENCAK SILAT CIMANDE GERAK SATRIA SHAKTI Long Distance Video Silat Training is starting soon. More details to come. Also if you are from out of town and you are serious about wanting to come train C.G.S.S. with me please message me to get more information and details so you can schedule your training sessions with me soon. I am only taking on a limited number of students I want to teach quality not quantity. Peace & God Bless and get ready to learn!

Guru Santiago Dobles

Monday, May 9, 2011

More Silat Wisdom from my teachers & their teachers..

More Silat Wisdom pass down from my teachers & their teachers.

These come from "SERA" Silat

"If the Elbow hits the hand follows. If the Hand hits the Elbow follows". - Maha Guru Cliff Stewart

"If one dimension moves the other stays still. Be aware of your dimensions! " - Guru Cliff Stewart

"All Langkahs are with in eachother. Learn one you learn them all" - Guru Stevan Plinck

"4 ounces of pressure defeats 1,000 lbs" - Pendekar Paul de Thouars

"SHOULDER POSITION!" - Guru Cliff Stewart/Pendekar Paul de Thouars

" Avoid fighting NOSE TO NOSE" - Guru Cliff Stewart

" Target Denial" - Guru Cliff Stewart

" Sera comes from Cimande" - Uncle Bill de Thouars : ) ( I just opened a can of worms....but its a good can to open) : )

More to come soon.....

Peace & God Bless

Guru Santiago Dobles

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"flavor of the month" SILAT

I learned a very good thing from Bukajalan Silat Guru Cass Magda a few years back. The concept of "flavor of the month". Take ONE thing and train that one thing every day for 30 days. Even if its one movement, or one posture (Kuda), or one Juru (Form), or one Langkah (Foot work), or a strategy or concept. Basically take ONE thing and become it for 30 days. and then every 30 days have a "new" one thing. Before you know it you will be very well "versed" in that particular "subject" in this case SILAT. Every time you walk to your kitchen you practice that ONE thing, every time you wait for your food to be ready you practice that ONE thing. Every time you are watching tv or going out for a walk you practice that ONE thing. If its something that is too complex to do while walking you then think about it. If it is a KUDA that is too hard for you to do at the present moment but you want to get better at your kudas then you simple view yourself in the kuda. You imagine yourself in the Kuda performing the Kuda perfectly as if you where a master of it already. You see your self perfecting your kudas and you Silat. If you visualize yourself doing your SILAT you will get better at Silat quickly. So even when you are lying in bed waiting to fall asleep you see yourself practicing your silat, jurus, langkahs, Sambuts, or kudas. Also make tea. As you are boiling the water and letting the herbs steep that gives you plenty of time to practice the "FLAVOR OF THE MONTH". So I invite you to take ONE thing and do it for 30 days. After a few years of this you will be surprised how good you get. Also remember train SLOW and you want to be aware of your whole body , breath and mechanics as you train.

Peace & God Bless

Guru Santiago Dobles

Friday, May 6, 2011

Silat stuff...

I once asked a teacher of mine about Silat.....

" Guru what should one do to condition for silat? "
he replied " Just do your Silat. Do not look to do anything that will make you look like you know anything or like you are capable of something instead look as if you know nothing".

Monday, May 2, 2011

Langkah part 1.

In our System of Pencak Silat CGSS, LANGKAH serves many purposes here are a few to just get you to think a bit about your langkahs:

You use Langkahs to understand:
  1. Evasive, Offensive, Defensive positions & Strategic Movements
  2. For energy transfer in Locks & throws and also energy dissolving out of locks or throws.
  3. Angulation for leverage & Strategies for throws
  4. Strategies for dealing with multiple attackers
  5. For target Selection and proper positioning for Striking & Weaponry
Peace & God Bless

Guru Santiago Dobles