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SSBD Online June Beginner Tekpi Course

Starts June 9th!

Tekpi Online Basic Course

Live SSBD Tekpi Basic Course With Maul

Starts June 9th!



June Only

Live Tekpi Basics Course

  • First Class starts, Sunday June 9th
  • Beginners and anyone looking to enhance their Tekpi skills
  • 4 Sundays in June, 1 Sunday in July
  • 2.5 Hours per session
  • Session times each Sunday
    • 8 AM EST
    • 2 PM EST
    • 8 PM EST

Attend as many sessions as you please 

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Starts June 9th!

Tekpi Online Basic Course

The Tekpi in SSBD: A Unique Weapon

One of the most advanced and unique weapons used in Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD) and also used in other Silat and Malay Kuntao systems is the Tekpi.

The Tekpi, a remarkable and distinctive weapon, holds a prominent place in Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD).

While some liken it to the Sai used in Karate, there are notable differences between the two.

What is the Tekpi?

The Tekpi serves as a traditional impact weapon, primarily used to shatter incoming attacks, weapons, or limbs.
It’s design features a rod with a curved prong at one end, typically crafted from steel or iron. 

The pronged end allows practitioners to trap and disarm an opponent’s weapon, while the rod itself serves for striking or blocking.
Senior practitioners often train with Tekpi’s weighing up to 1.5 kilograms, fostering ambidexterity—the skillful use of both hands with equal proficiency.

The weight of the metal Tekpi’s encourages proper body alignment and structural integrity, crucial for controlling the weapon during continuous movement and preventing injuries.

Once the foundational movements are mastered, practitioners are encouraged to transition fluidly between patterns and adapt their grip dynamically.

Advanced training involves consistent practice with designated targets, refining weapon handling, managing rebound effects, and understanding the force of impact.

Regular Tekpi practice sharpens mental focus, enhances concentration, and heightens spatial awareness.

Within the SSBD system, the Tekpi seamlessly becomes an extension of the practitioner’s hand. 

Practitioners learn to incorporate it alongside various hand strikes, kicks, and grappling techniques. 

As a result, the Tekpi becomes an integral component of their comprehensive fighting style

.In summary, the Tekpi embodies historical significance, practical combat applications, and the artistry of martial disciplines within SSBD.

Comparison to the Karate Sai

While the Tekpi and the Karate Sai share some similarities in terms of their appearance, there are several key differences in their usage and techniques.

1. Grip

In Karate, the Sai is typically held with a grip that allows for a strong and stable hold. The practitioner’s fingers wrap around the handle, providing control and power. In SSBD , however the Tekpi Sai is held with a looser grip. This allows for greater flexibility and agility in manipulating the weapon during fast-paced combat situations.

2. Techniques

The techniques used with the Tekpi in SSBD are unique to the art. Silat emphasizes fluid and continuous movements, with a focus on close-quarters combat. The Tekpi is used in conjunction with various strikes, blocks, and traps, making it a versatile weapon in the hands of a skilled Silat practitioner.

On the other hand, the Karate Sai techniques focus more on linear strikes and blocks. The Sai is used as an extension of the hand, allowing for powerful strikes and precise blocking techniques. Karate practitioners often train in kata, or prearranged forms, to develop their skills with the weapon.

3. Combat Applications

The combat applications of the Tekpi in SSBD are diverse and adaptable. Silat practitioners learn to use the weapon in a variety of situations, including both armed and unarmed encounters. The Tekpi can be used to disarm an opponent, control their movements, or deliver powerful strikes to vulnerable areas.

In Karate, the Sai is primarily used as a defensive weapon. It can be used to block and parry an opponent’s strikes, as well as to trap and control their weapon. Karate practitioners focus on precision and timing, using the Sai to create openings for counterattacks.

The Importance of Training

Whether you choose to study Silat or Karate, it is important to receive proper training in the usage of the Tekpi or Karate Sai. These weapons require skill, precision, and understanding to be used effectively in combat situations.

Training in SSBD or Karate will not only teach you how to use the Tekpi or Karate Sai, but also provide you with a deeper understanding of the martial art as a whole. You will learn important principles such as discipline, respect, and self-defense techniques that can be applied in various aspects of your life.

In Conclusion

The Tekpi in SSBD is a unique weapon that has its own set of techniques and applications. While it may share some similarities with the Karate Sai, the differences in grip, techniques, and combat applications make them distinct from each other. Whichever martial art you choose to pursue, training in the usage of these weapons will enhance your skills and deepen your understanding of the art.