Among all martial arts, silat is perhaps the most concerned with natural flow. For this reason, Zenshida'i training is not as directed towards dogmatic systemization as it is towards developing the ability to express fundamental principles in new ways, and to do so naturally and spontaneously. That is not to say that systemization is not important; formal systemization is critical in the development of correct body mechanics and correct structural lineation. Combat, however, is chaotic; forms break down quickly in practical application. Zenshida'i Silat-Serak addresses this problem methodologically; study involves three aspects of instruction, which test, sustain, and complement one another: kuntau, bela diri, & pencak silat-serak.
Kuntau The kuntau aspect of Zenshida'i training develops the body-mind, and entails stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as various methods of physical conditioning, including forms designed for the development of correct body mechanics and correct structural lineation.
Bela Diri The bela diri aspect of Zenshida'i training develops specific techniques in informal environments primarily via two-person drills, and entails the development of practical applications of specific combat techniques- with and without weapons- in a manner that honors the Chinese-Indonesian heritage of the system. Pencak Silat-Serak The pencak silat-serak aspect of Zenshida'i training further develops all previously learned principles, and includes the development of higher-level disciplines- for instance, the study war and the realities of hand-to-hand combat-, via chan and qigong, which is available only to initiated disciples of Zenshida'i Silat-Serak.