Silek Movement Analysis for Martial Arts Animators Using a Dance Studies Perspective


  • Madia Patra Ismar Institut Kesenian Jakarta
  • Pudentia MPSS Universitas Indonesia


silek, oral traditions, Minangkabau, animators, movement analysis


This paper discusses Silat Minangkabau from the West Sumatran Oral Traditions self defence known as Silek, using movement analysis. This focus is to understand the characteristics of movement unique to traditional styles in the streams of silat schools called sasaran in the Minangkabau language. Applying movement analysis has an important role in understanding how the silat body moves in time and space. These researchers argue that using this approach
will strengthen and hone the artistic skills and perspective of an animator interested in understanding the movements when creating visuals based on martial arts. Further focus in this paper is to scrutinise the traditional Minangkabau self defence style known as the silek harimau. Although there are already creative works of animators on silat, movement analysis hones the precision of gazing upon the visual aspect of bodily movement in the context of emic views.


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Author Biographies

Madia Patra Ismar, Institut Kesenian Jakarta

Faculty of Performing Arts

Pudentia MPSS, Universitas Indonesia

Literature Department, Faculty of Humanities


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Ismar, M. P. ., & MPSS, P. (2019). Silek Movement Analysis for Martial Arts Animators Using a Dance Studies Perspective. Proceeding of International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life, 263–273. Retrieved from