Thursday, January 31, 2008
I Got Your Silat Right Here ...
There is a discussion going on on Bobbe's blog about pentjak (pencak) silat, and more specifically, the variant from west Java, Sera.
The discussion is somewhat contentious.
I used to engage a fair amount in the silat word-wars -- I got megabytes of files, ranging from online debates that have been fairly civil, to some that contain outright libel, and a number of published print articles and statements on web pages. Buncha martial artists get together and a fight breaks out -- what a surprise ...
I used to take these things seriously, but these days, I am inclined to allow the folks with whom I disagree to stew in their own juices. Karma comes round, and I've got enough to pay off; let them deal with their own.
But it's kind of like being a retired boxer watching a match -- you know the game, and it's always more fun to watch if you have that knowledge.