Silat and China minority tribes’ fighting.

March 9, 2009

畲族

“She”ethnic minority group 

Scattered in China’s southeastern Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi,Guangdong, Anhui Province,  more than 90% living in Fujian, Zhejiang, the broad masses of the mountains. 

They called themselves “Shan Ha.” However, this name is not recorded in history books. 

Tang Dynasty – lived in Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces, including the border area, including ethnic minorities

Southern Song dynasty – the history books began to appear on “She-Min” and “boxing people” Tribe said. 

 After the liberation, renamed as “She.”  in accordance with the fifth national census statistics, the population number of 709,592

“She”is Miao-Yao languages Sino-Tibetan languages, closer to the Chinese dialects of Hakka language, 

Got to get back to Roberto on this topic – he wrote in asking for possible Chinese roots of Silats. After some email exchanges, my interest in this matter got stirred up all over again.

I’ve heard elders’ accounts of how Chinese Kung Fu reached the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia and the roles it went on to play in the birth and evolution and on many occasions, I had to opportunity to view Silats and detect these connections; especially in the more “traditional” streams.

Apart from Moslem Kung Fu in the Northern parts of China, many Southern styles, those found within minority non-Han folks also had a big hand in beginning of Silats and fighting arts of Indo-China.

A few entries ago in this blog, I wrote that I’ve only got one big encyclopedia cataloguing these minority fighting systems; well, I was wrong.

I do have a few; “She” tribe fighting and “Miao” tribe fighting systems are 2 I found here in Sarawak with me….

I’ve got the “She” tribe book converted into pdf format for Roberto and Here are a couple of pages from that book…..  

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???The technique with the punching to the inner calf of opponent’s leg is something I see frequently in many Silats and Filipino fighting arts.

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