The Silat Fitrah Ground Fighting Workshop

An introduction to the principles and approaches of Silat Fitrah ground-fighting. Ninety minutes of fantastic instruction from Guru Tua Chris Parker, filmed by the brilliant Steve Reynolds at a workshop I organised in Birmingham over a decade ago.

Content includes:

    Why everything is groundwork.

    Understanding the relationship between moving on the ground and moving when standing up.

    How to apply the ‘feet to core to four led by the head’ principle when moving and fighting on the ground.

    A simple, solo groundwork flow drill.

    The importance of breath – and how to get your breathing right.

    Identifying and applying the ‘outriders of mischief’.

    Ways of striking when on the ground.

    Defending from the ground against opponents who are standing.

    The power of curving and circular strikes.

    Defending from the ground against 2 opponents.

    How to get off the ground and back onto your feet quickly and safely.

Your Instructor

Instructor Bio:

Chris Parker began training in Pencak Silat under the guidance of Bapak Hj Idris bin Alimuda in 1976.

The two met in Cheltenham, England, where they were both students. It was the start of a lifelong relationship - and a lifelong study for Chris.

Over the years, Chris developed his own approach to sharing the art, which Bapak named Silat Fitrah.

Whilst the martial aspects of Silat Fitrah focus on the use of blades and the threat of multiple opponents, Chris has always prioritised an holistic approach to his training, referring to what he teaches as a Life Art.

Chris’s most senior student, Guru Eddie Quinn, has been training with him for over 27 years and is the lineage holder to the art. It was Guru Eddie who, in 2019, finally persuaded Chris to help him bring the art to a wider audience.

In conjunction with his study of Pencak Silat, Chris has been practising meditation on a daily basis since the late 1970’s. This, too, was inspired by Bapak Idris.

In the 1980’s Chris researched a wide range of different breathing practises and incorporated some of these into his personal training. This interrelated mix of Silat, meditation and breathing has influenced every aspect of Chris’s life and continues to be a source of great learning.

In his professional life, Chris has spent over four decades studying and teaching interpersonal and intra-personal communication and influence. He is a highly experienced academic, teacher, trainer, career coach and hypnotherapist. Chris is also a novelist, poet, biographer, writer of non-fiction and no.1 Amazon bestselling author.

Chris Parker

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