photo from Gayong Warisan
The best moment for most of the student is the Pentas Pisau: a choreography or prepared combat. In the syllabus, students are taught how to counter attack the knife barehandedly, to counterattack the knife with a knife, and to counter attack two knives with two knives. Finally, one must train the technic of knife throwing of a static and moving object. A Pentas of counter attack of the Simbat (stick) with two knives is one of the conclusion of the syllabus of Pisau.
In a real street fighting with a knife, one can't avoid from being cut, except that you are so good and fast, which is not the case for everyone. That's why in Silat Seni Gayong we learn also how to minimize how many times we are stabbed or cut, and also to protect the vital points and minimizing the injuries. Maybe some of my students were not aware about this, but we had done some hand drills with the knives last time as a "echauffement'' (warming up) before learning the Asas.
InsyaAllah, God willing, I'll look forward to explain more about other type of Pisau. ;)