Now and again in silat class, I get paired with a newbie and I sometimes find myself offering how-to information that skips ahead too far.
This is perhaps understandable because nearly all of the students in our class came from another art; most of them had previous training in something, and much of what you find in one art is common to other fighting disciplines. A fist is a fist, right?
This isn't always the case, and you need to know that.
If you are going to start talking about combinations of technique -- punch here, elbow there -- it behooves you to know if the person to whom you are talking knows what a punch or elbow is, in the context you are offering it. So I have realized that I need to backtrack and get to the nitty-gritty.
First questions go to basics: Do you have any training in any kind of martial art? Do you know how to make a fist? How to punch?
These two videos address that, in my own bumbling way ...
First, the fist:
Then, the punch: