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Sean Stark

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 names they fight so hard…

Manifesto Series

3. Train hard. Train consistently. Be forever a student so that you will not know when you have gained great skill. May it even surprise you! Besides, it would be a shame to rise up in ability and then stop training because you have assumed success. True success is the person who finishes the race!

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. It is better to help…

Pencak Silat Pertempuran Manifesto Series

This is going to come as a series of posts highlighting the ideas within Pencak Silat Pertempuran: 1. Teachers and students, in Pencak Silat Pertempuran we must not think so little of ourselves, our success, or our skill, that we feel it’s necessary to protect ourselves with words or deeds against another person out of…

Pencak Silat: Combat or More?

For some, the study of pencak silat is a hobby. It’s something we do for fun, or exercise, or social interaction. It can also be that we may feel the need to protect ourselves or others. Lastly, it may even be a drive we have to generate self-confidence. To me, and hopefully the students and…

Moving Beyond Technique

The study of Pencak Silat, depending on the system, can be a process of personal discovery. It can be an amazing journey to help you discover life. It confuses some people because all they see in martial arts is the destruction. However, it has been my journey that the point of martial arts is about…

Beauty In Martial Arts

A lot of martial artists don’t understand this. They think the “pencak” is a waste of time. Yet 90% or more have never even been in a fight of any kind. Furthermore, they don’t understand the value of developing beauty. In PSP, I hope that eventually people will begin to see the value of developing the…