Silat is not a martial art. What it is: A. A broad genre referring to the many and sometimes disparate martial arts from the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia and other parts of SE Asia. B. A regional colloquialism implying/meaning 'martial arts', in which case (to use an example), upon seeing Koyo's pictures of him throwing people about, my father would be moved to comment ... "Wah pendekar Koyo iki wis sepuh, ning silate isih manteb" meaning "Wow, this pendekar called Koyo is already old, but his silat is still has weight (high quality)". What is his silat? It is Aikido! Regards, Note - Pendekar is an honorific, a term of respect denoting that a person is accomplished in the martial arts ... a knight, scholar warrior etc ... also non specific to a genre of martial arts!