How is kembangan in SILAT actually used? Hi, I am new here and checked if anyone was discussing the practical application of kembangan in Silat. I could not find any. I did a bit of Silat and Kuntao, and have raised the question quite often even among other Silat stylists, but have not found an adequate answer. The answers I got were varied - it is used as an artistic expression, as a ritual or symbol for Silat, a trademark move for a particular style, a way to score points with the judges in sports silat, a method of setting up attacks/defenses, weaving of spells and throwing of malicous energy at an opponent. I find the answers inadequate because in many other martial arts, such movements are not used to the extent that Silat practitioners do the Kembangan. I would like to know if anyone of you out there has other ideas. If possible, I would like the question viewed from a PRACTICAL COMBAT APPLICATION, although it would still be interesting how it can be answered from other points of view.