Maphilindo Silat is the compilation of all of the various systems of Silat that Guro Dan Inosanto studied under masters from Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He created this art to honor the innovations and unique strengths and insights of his instructors. Silat is a
comprehensive martial art that can be traced all the way back to Alexander the Great. Its ancestral art, called Silek, was first learned and proliferated through the island of Sumatra by members of Alexander's forces. It was later disseminated by the ancestral Malayo-Polynesian people and has found common expression in many of the other arts that evolved among the populations that spread and flourished into modern day.