Maempo Chicago
Maempo Chicago - Indonesian Silat & KunTao
Forged in the violent crucible of 500 years of intertribal conflict and war, comes the original mixed warriors art.™ Unlike many martial arts or combat sports, Silat is expressly designed for personal safety. You will learn how to manage violent confrontations including multiple attackers, knives, clubs, even firearms. You will explore the art and science of survival as proven on the fighting floor of the jungle, and you will look good doing it.

Best of all, Silat is not a 'military' art, it is a 'village' style. Joining the class, you become part of a family, where personal development takes precedence and you will learn to walk with confidence, overcome obstacles in your life, and gain mastery over yourself.

Maempo Chicago teaches a curriculum culled from the finest West Javanese and Sudanese Indonesian arts, including Cimande, Tjikalong, Sera, Harimau, Petjut Kilat and KunTao Silat taught in a synergistic manner bringing the lessons of the jungle to the streets of Chicago.

Despite its fierce reputation, Silat is also a beautiful way of moving and offers its practitioners fitness with a purpose. Join us today and walk like a warrior for the rest of your life.

Your Instructor - Guru Sam Clark
Guru Sam is a widely known and respected Silat Guru. Over 28 years in the arts, Guru Sam has trained and taught everywhere from the inner city streets of Chicago to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. He is known for refining his skills for practical usage, while retaining the aesthetics and beauty of the art. Students of all types seek out Guru Sam for personal development. Experienced martial artists seek deeper knowledge of the arts, dancers seek the graceful and rhythmic skills found in Silat, business men look for the ability to protect themselves while traveling and others just seek to get stronger, more fit, more confident than they have ever been all from Silat training.

No matter who you are, or where you are in life, you owe it to yourself to try a class with Guru Sam.

Free Introductory Lesson
Guru Sam will offer a free introductory lesson to new students, but you must request an appointment with him by email. Contact Guru Sam Clark at

Learn more about Silat at the Studio Garuda website.

Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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