Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pencak Silat Verband Schweiz (PSVS Switzerland)

The History of Silat in Switzerland

Pencak Silat is an ancient Indonesian martial art, possibly their origin goes back to the 6th Century. AD Back and served for the pure self-defense. The words Pencak (Javanese) and silat (Malay) have the same meaning;   artistic struggles. Silat is also self-defense. Silat is operated as a competitive sport to the world championships. Particular emphasis is placed primarily on the aesthetics of expression, for "artistic struggles" requires more than just opponents put out of action, dexterity is important that the meeting of the sensitive parts of the body is crucial as a powerful block of the attack. Silat is martial arts and martial arts to the same, suitable for almost everyone, young and old, small and large. There are in Indonesia over one hundred sixty different, the World Association Persilat recognized Pencak Silat styles, which is not surprising, is because with its over three thousand islands, Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, it extends from Jndischen Ocean in the west to New Guinea in the east, from Southeast Asian continent in the north to Australia in the south.
Events will take place at different levels, locally, nationally and internationally. Carrying out the competitions are in full contact and without weapons, in addition to the form or kata competitions as Seni performed. Is judged according to the rules of Persilat.
Is organized by Pencak Silat national and continental organizations and finally the Persilat.

Pencak Silat found with menswear TAHIR the way to Switzerland, born in 1918 in Sulavesi. In 1950 he migrated to CH, founded the first school in Zurich and taught there from his own style of Silat, Haka Tahir Pencak Silat. To date (2011) Haka is with his 93 years in training to meet twice a week at his school.

Member Of  PSVS (Switzerland)
Ambo Traing Martial Arts
Haka Tahir
Macan Kumba
Macan Kumba Zurich
Macan Kumba Winterthur
Pencak Silat Selbverteidigung
Pencak Silat Schule an Albis
PERPI Mataram & Seni Gayung Fatani

  President : Ralph Irminger
  Secretary General : 
  Address : Binzmohlestrasse 62, CH - 8050 Zurich
  Tel. : 41 - 1 - 3028808
  Fax. : 41 - 1 - 3028803
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Friday, May 11, 2007

Perisai Diri

Perisai Diri is a martial art originating from Indonesia. Silat is an Indonesian term given to the combatitive arts. "Perisai Diri" is practical and non sportative. The term "Perisai Diri" literally mean shield of oneself. Perisai Diri was founded by the Pendekar Raden Mas Soebandiman Dirdjoatmodjo with the assistance of the Pendekar Imam Ramelan in Surabaya, Indonesia, on July 2, 1955. Dirdjoatmodjo or more popular with his nick-name Pak De, was born in the Paku Alaman Palace, Yogyakarta, on January 8, 1913. Perisai Diri was created by Pak De based on a combination of various silat styles such as East Javanese Silat (silat from East Java), Minangkabau (West Sumateran Silat), Betawi Silat (original Jakarta Silat), Cimande and Kuningan (West Java Silat), Wushu (Chinese martial arts), and other war styles of many tribes across Indonesia.

Pak De passed away in Surabaya in 1983. In order to honor his contributions to the development of silat, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia granted him with the title of "Pendekar Purna Utama". Today, beside those in Indonesia, Perisai Diri schools can be found in Australia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Tapak Suci

Tapak Suci (full name: Tapak Suci Putera Muhammadiyah) is a modern school of Pencak Silat founded by Barie Irsyad in 1963. Tapak Suci is Indonesian for "sacred or clean path". An effective method of self defence, Tapak Suci is deep rooted in the philosophies of Islam, but has its doors open for non muslims also. It is one of the biggest Pencak Silat schools in the world, with over thousands of pesilat.

The history of the Perguruan Tapak Suci starts with three men, who practiced at Perguruan Banjaran: Abu Amar, Boerhan and Busyro. Because these three persons lived in Kauman, a district in Yogyakarta, the name of the Perguruan they founded was Perguruan Cikauman. At this Perguruan practiced two brothers, A. Dimyati en M. Wahib. They followed a profound and harsh daily trainingsprogram for a period of nine months. After they were found ready, the brothers went on to study Pencak Silat more thorough.

In this period of deepening there knowledge of Pencak Silat, the eldest brother, A. Dimyati, wandered through western-Java. Eventually he ended up in the teritories of the Perguruans Cikalong, Cimandé and Banten on Jawa-Barat (Western-Java). For a period of three long years A. Dimyati made these styles his own and deepened his knowledge of Pencak Silat. At the same time his younger brother, M. Wahib, wandered for five years over the islands of Java and Madura. He specialized himself in Kuntaw (Indonesian Kung-Fu) and Rawean.

When they returned, they founded the Perguruan Siroman, A combination of all the Perguruans they had practiced. At this Perguruan practiced Djarnawi Hadikusuma (later he was chairman of Tapak Suci until his death in 1993). Together, M. Wahib, A. Dimyati en Djarnawi Hadikusuma founded the Perguruan Kasegu. At this Perguruan practiced Barie Irsyad (at the moment Pendekar Besar=Black 5 at Tapak Suci).

At Juli 31 1963, 8 o'clock in the evening, these men founded:
Perguruan Seni Beladiri Indonesia Tapak Suci Putera Muhammadiyah
M. Wahib
A. Dimyati
Djarnawi Hadikusuma
Barie Irsyad

The Tapak Suci school has many influences of the traditional styles, such as cimande and cikalong, but also has incorporated techniques from foreign martial arts such as Kung Fu and Karate. In the past it happened that foreign martial artist either challenged or trained with the old Tapak Suci masters, thus influencing the art of Tapak Suci. A peculiar example of this treat is the use of the Japanese katana (sword).Technically Tapak Suci is a circular and non-static style. The practitioner uses clever footwork in combination with his hands to either approach or confuse his opponent. This requires that the practitioner has good stamina and flexibility.

Persekutuan Pencak Silat Singapura (PERSISI)

Singapore Silat Federation was formed in 1976 and is registered with the Registry Of Societies. There are 23 affiliates and 34 Silat clubs that are active in Singapore. As of 31 December 2006, it is estimated that there are about 15,000 Silat practitioners in Singapore ranging between 4 - 80 years old. Silat is well-known in many countries outside South East Asia including Holland, Germany, Italy and Japan. Singapore Silat Federation organises different levels of competition that include competition at Club level, National Championship, International Open and World Championship. Silat is represented in SEA Games and aspires to be in Asian Games.

Pencak Silat
Pencak Silat is a martial art stemming in the majority from Malay & Indonesian heritage. It translates to "fighting by many techniques of self defence" and has four main components - mental spirit, art & culture, self defence and sport. The whole aspect is considered and all elements are paramount during competition. It can be practised purely for fitness, for aesthetics or with martial arts focus. The large variety of techniques that are deployed in Pencak Silat encapsulate its uniqueness.

Our Objectives
To promote Silat in the Republic and to arrange and organise tournaments for the benefit of the members of the Federation.
To unify and co-ordinate Silat activities in the Republic.
To arrange and organise Silat demostrations and tournament on national and international scale

Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan Malaysia (PESAKA)

Pada tahun 1980, sebuah badan persilatan di peringkat Antarabangsa telah ditubuhkan di Jakarta. Pertubuhan ini telah dinamakan sebagai Persekutuan Silat Antarabangsa (PERSILAT). 3 buah negara telah mengasaskan penubuhan ini, iaitu Indonesia, Singapura dan Malaysia.
Indonesia telah diwakili oleh Ikatan Pencah Silat Indonesia (IPSI). Singapura telah diwakili oleh Persekutuan Silat Singapura (PERSISI) dan Malaysia, oleh kerana belum mempunyai badan silat diperingkat kebangsaan, telah diwakili oleh Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia (KKBS).

seluruh pendokong-pendokong silat tanahair, maka pada 24hb September 1983, tertubuhlah dengan rasminya Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan Malaysia atau ringkasnya (PESAKA). Upacara ini telah dirasmikan oleh Y.B. Sdra. Anwar Ibrahim, Menteri Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia.
Pada hari penubuhan PESAKA, wakil-wakil dari 10 badan silat peringkat Negeri dan 4 badan silat peringkat Kebangsaan telah menghadiri upacara bersejarah ini. Kesemua badan silat ini telah memungkinkan keujudan PESAKA hingga kini.

IPSI : Indonesia Pencak Silat Federation

Source :
An Introduction to Pencak Silat by Central Board of The Indonesian Pencak Silat Association

Pencak Silat is a compound word. Pencak and Silat have the same meanings and are parts of the culture of people of Malay race, that is, the ethnic group who are the native inhabitants in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. The word Pencak is commonly used by people in Java, whereas the word Silat is commonly used by the people who live in the other regions of Indonesia as well as in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. The combination of the words Pencak and Silat into a compound word was made for the first time when an organization of the unity of Pencak schools and Silat schools in Indonesia was founded in Surakarta in 1948, which called Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia (The Indonesian Pencak Silat Association), abbreviated as IPSI.

Since then, Pencak Silat has become the official term in Indonesia. This term is also used by the schools in many different countries which teach Pencak and Silat derived from Indonesia. In the international communities, Pencak Silat has become the official term since the international federation organization was founded in Jakarta in 1980, which was called Persekutuan Pencak Silat Antarabangsa, abbreviated as PERSILAT, (The International Pencak Silat Federation). Nevertheless, people use the words Pencak and Silat separately as a single word due to the dialectic habit. The following analysis is the resume of some important things about Pencak Silat included : history, philosophy, kinds, styles, schools and pendekar, research and writing, development and dissemination and challenges against Pencak Silat. The whole analysis will be summarized as a general conclusion.

Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat or Silat ("fighting by using techniques of self-defense") is a Southeast Asian martial art with roots in the culture of the Malay World. This art is widely known in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines but can also be found in varying degrees among the Malay-affiliated communities in Thailand and Cambodia. The art has also reached Europe, and is especially popular in the Netherlands, where it is as popular as karate is in the United States. It is estimated that there are hundreds of aliran (styles) and thousands of schools. Many of the aliran find their origin in the observation of wild animals fighting. "Harimau" (Tiger) and "Elang" (Eagle) are some examples.