Phase 1 - Ground Fighting

Topics Covered:

Gelek (‘twisting’ or ‘coiling’)

This is the foundational principle of the art taught at the very beginning, key towards unifying all the postures and movements.


You will develop greater flexibility and agility towards moving more freely and dynamically on the ground. The Kucing is a very explosive way of moving that requires heavy conditioning, especially for the legs. This element of ground fighting teaches you how to strike effectively from the floor using both arms and legs, and in return gives you the stability and density of striking when upright. Kucing also prepares you to know how to counter from the ground, including rolling, recovering and the ability to fall correctly.

Harimau (‘Tiger’)

This is direct and forceful in connection with ground fighting, including jumping techniques in the countering of an opponent, as well as learning how to end a fight as quickly as possible. This aspect develops the strength your body needs to move freely and effectively in bringing opponents to the ground. Here you are taught how to kick, palm-strike from various angles, grab and tear..

Buaya (‘Crocodile’)

This looks to develop your core from the back, fusing the upper and lower part of the body towards moving in one continuous motion. When learning the Buaya everything is done very slowly, stretching out the lower back, gluteus and hamstrings. Techniques and application include how to smother, suffocate and crush an opponent. This principle helps you to slowly and steadily develop sensitivity and body control so that trainers learn to avoid injuring themselves and each other.

Kura-Kura (‘Turtle’)

This is the last resort in ground fighting, where you find yourself lying fully on your back on the floor. This trains you to know how to defend from this vulnerable position, finding any small spaces of opportunity to use to your advantage and to escape. Like Buaya, this allows you to develop your core but with greater focus on your abdominals by holding Kura-Kura postures under tension for longer time periods.Open Ground FightingThis is the space in which you learn how unify all the Ground Animal styles of SBL in one continuous motion, and to defend yourself in all manner of attacks.

About us

Welcome to Silat Buka Lingkaran (SBL), which translates as “Open Circle”. This Silat system is a beautiful, dynamic and effective martial art influenced by its roots in Nusantara (old Indonesia) and modern Indonesia.

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Latest Newsflash

Official Anouncement

Leonel Gengko Izmendi has been appointed the official SBL representative in South America.

He has been training SBL for a few years now and in recognition of his dedication and commitment to helping SBL grow in the region, the appointment was made.

 He holds regular SBL classes in his Academy, Equipo GNGK in Montevideo. Get in touch for further information.


Christian Streit has been awarded SBL Instructor status and is fully certified to teach Phase 1 & 2 of the SBL syllabus.

With over 5 years of experience in SBL, he has been training intensively as an apprentice instructor as well as hosting seminars at his gym up to two times a year.

He is already an accomplished martial artist who owns and runs a successful martial arts gym- DCS Fight Gym in Bamberg Germany.

Along the list of many arts taught at the gym, he will now be opening an official SBL class.

Congratulations to both Leonel and Chris and would like you to join me in wishing them all the best in their SBL journey and to continued success.

05 - 06 October | Bamberg, Germany

Another successful seminar in Bamberg, Germany last weekend and a BIG shout out to DCS Fight Gyms head coach Chris Streit for the work in organising the event.

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07 - 08 September | SBL Instructors Workshop

Another great session with the apprentice instructors.

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