Manifesto Series

4. There are pencak silat people and systems that do not follow the path of silaturahim (brotherhood and sisterhood). They should be avoided if possible—as though they do not exist—not because we fear them, but because they bring nothing of value to Pencak Silat Pertempuran. Do not even utter the …

Manifesto Series

2. Let’s not try to keep those who do not find the way of Pencak Silat Pertempuran to their liking. Instead let’s help them on their way to finding a path that’s suitable for them. A student, a friend, an acquaintance, cannot be forced to be part of your life. …

Meta-movements

When we describe pencak silat we talk a lot about “meta-movements,” “principals,” “the flower,” “the fruit,” and a lot of different ethereal ideas. Ideas that people outside of our circles, without our training, likely don’t relate to well. Sometimes we even hide behind all of the language, uniforms, and flash …