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In Silat Warriors: Deed of Death (aka Geran), when vicious loan sharks burst into Fatimah's (Feiyna Tajudin) home near the rice fields and force her father to sign over the house deed in order to save her brother Mat Arip's life, who's using the deed to pay off his loans, Fatimah's insults and sass harshly shame them. Certainly this poor, demure and defenseless hijabi girl (a woman wearing the hijab Islamic head covering) is going to be gang fodder for untoward abuse. As her tormented brother Ali tries get home to save his sister before the hooligans gets more frustrated than three sharks following a red trail on the ocean only to find it's an open bottle of ketchup…he's too late, they pounce on her.
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Burton Richardson began his martial education under the tutelage of Dan Inosanto at his original kali/Jun Fan gung fu academy. It put Richardson on the right path physically — who could go wrong with Bruce Lee's top student as a teacher?

It also put Richardson on the right path mentally because Dan Inosanto has always believed in keeping an open mind with respect to martial arts and techniques.

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Roughly speaking, silat means "skill for fighting." There are hundreds of styles of silat, most of which are found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, southern Thailand and the southern Philippines. Common to all these styles is a combat-oriented ideology and the use of weaponry.

In Indonesia, there are numerous forms of pencak silat (also spelled pentjak silat), as well as many kinds of kuntao, a type of Chinese boxing that bears many similarities to silat and is found primarily within Chinese communities in Indonesia. There are also many systems that blend pencak silat and kuntao.

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BJJ For The Street was developed by Black Belt Magazine Hall of famer Burton Richardson to take sport grappling and modify it to function in extreme self defense scenarios where pistols, knives, multiple attackers, and all "foul" tactics must be expected. Mr. Richardson is a leading instructor in Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat, and has coached MMA and BJJ world champions. But this is not BJJ for tournaments or MMA. This is BJJ For The Street! If you are interested in how you must alter your grappling to be truly effective for self-defense, tune in Tuesday, July 21st. 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific Time.

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