Silat is a traditional martial art originating from Southeast Asia, particularly in the region that encompasses Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The term "silat" is used to describe a diverse range of fighting styles, each with its own set of techniques, tactics, and training methods. In general, silat emphasizes fluid movements, evasion, and close-quarters combat. It also often incorporates strikes, joint locks, throws, and grappling techniques. Some styles of silat also place a strong emphasis on spiritual development and meditation, as well as the use of weapons such as knives, sticks, and swords.