There are many Pencak Silat styles in existence. Each has its own distinguishing characteristics, mannerisms and principles. You could say that each system has its own “flavor.” Our curriculum embodies those distinctions.
Utilizing both soft and hard techniques, the flower and the fruit, this system seeks to find the way to win rather than fight an opponent. Fighting is a form of “clash” and we seek to avoid it if at all possible and exploit the individuals weaknesses instead. Of course, many systems claim to do this in many different ways—we are structured to do this. This is why we are “effective.”
In regards to technique, PSP looks at two main principles to define movement. One: Every kick is a step and every step is a kick. Two: Do the same thing with your hands that you do with a weapon. It’s why we think the curriculum is “simple.” But again, most systems think that what they teach is simple.
Lastly, the system of PSP gives the practitioner, the skills to express themselves by building their own movements and their own techniques, through the combination of the basic structures and movements of the system in response to the situation. This is the “personal” component.
The instructors of Pencak Silat Pertempuran (Combat Silat) are focused on teaching the essence of pencak silat. We make every attempt to do so in “village style” with a focus on developing combative skills and attributes that are critical to high-level pencak silat movement, adaptability, and spontaneity.
Pencak Silat Pertempuran is focused on principles, positions, and movement mechanics that best exemplify the most common aspects of Indonesian pencak silat.
Pencak Silat Pertempuran is founded on the use of meta-movements, principles, positions, and mechanics that are enhanced through personal expression and exploration.
Pencak Silat Pertempuran contains elements and aspects from various systems of pencak silat to include Sumatran, Maduran, Javanese, Malaysian, and Filipino as it makes sense to do so.