3 Other Reasons Why Young People Learn Silat


There are many reasons for young students aged 12 to 17 years old to learn silat in Malaysia. Most people including their parents think the main reasons are because of self defense purposes. However, there are other reasons that influence youngsters to join silat training programs.

Scientific study showed that there are three main reasons besides of self defense factor on why young peoples involve in silat. There are; to release energy, family and friendship factors. These three reasons are the main participation factors that influence many young exponents to join silat training as their favourite co-curriculum activities in school. By knowing the factors that motivates many youngsters to involve in silat program, silat instructors can plan specific activities that can help to increase the number of participation in silat program.

The ‘to release energy’ factor is the main factor on why youngster involves in silat particularly between male and female exponents. The physical activities and exercises in silat training system will help the young exponents to stay fit and get in shape when they attend the training session. They also loves the challenge they get when participate in vigorous silat activities such as punching, kicking, jumping, evading, blocking, running, agility and speed movements training.

The second factor is the ‘influence from family’. Family plays important roles for youngster to participate in silat sessions particularly between upper (16 and 17 years old) and lower form (13, 14 and 15 years old) in school. This is true if the father, mother or any sibling in the family involves in silat training, tournament or coaching. This factor is very important particularly for those who actively practise silat since they were kid.

The third factor is the ‘friend factor’. This is the most interesting factor as it can increase the silat exponent performance in silat. This factor can be seen by silat instructor every year on number of participation of students from 13 years old age. This is because most of the students at 13 years old of age just moved from primary to secondary school. So, they follow their friend advice on which club or association to pick for their own co-curriculum activities. The bad news is that this is also the reason why many youngsters drop-out from silat training. This is happens when the silat exponents try to achieve the higher level in silat (red and black belt) but distracts by numbers of reasons such as examination year, tuition, lost interest, injury, entertainment and many more.

Thus, it is important for every silat coach to know these three factors that can influence students to actively involve in silat training program. A well-structured training program will help them to stay in the training until they leave their secondary school.