I think the techniques can be criticised for being “flowery” and ornamental, and impractical. But that critique missed the point of these patterns. Sure, the movements can be beautiful. However, there is a vocabulary of movement being passed on that gives a fighter options in combat.
Mixed Martial Arts Striking Coach Association Audio Lesson with Guru Crafty-Dog of the Dog Brothers.
I haven’t gone over Kali Tudo 3 yet. But I’ve watched the other parts of this serious and learnt valuable lessons that I’ve been able to use in light sparring.
A demonstration of Silat in MMA.
My reservation is that there might have been a mixmatch between the fighters. And this often happens in low-level competitive events. But beyond the dancing around, we do see a silat-trained fighter bringing silat into the octagon.
From a response to attack, through to control.