Among all martial arts, silat is perhaps the most concerned with natural flow. For this reason, Zenshida'i Silat is not as directed towards particular forms 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 forms are not important, however; forms are critical in the development of correct structural lineation. Combat, however, is chaotic; forms break down quickly in practical application. Zenshida'i Silat addresses this problem methodologically; classes involve four aspects of instruction, which test, sustain, and complement one another: the physical aspect, the cultural aspect, the tactical aspect, and the spiritual aspect.
The Physical Aspect The physical aspect of Zenshida'i Silat 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. Physical development includes:
Forms & Drills
The Cultural Aspect The cultural aspect of Zenshida'i Silat develops specific techniques in informal environments, and entails development of practical applications of specific techniques. Cultural development includes:
The Tactical Aspect The tactical aspect of Zenshida'i Silat further develops all previously learned principles, but does so at the level of theory, and includes the development of higher level skillsets. Tactical development includes:
Strategic Skill Training
The Spiritual Aspect The spiritual aspect of Zenshida'i Silat develops stillness, spiritual power, and sensory and quasi-sensory perception, all via meditation and related religious practices. Spiritual development includes: