First Online Group Leader Convention

The Naga Kuning Institute hosted the first-ever online Group Leader Convention last Sunday. Jon, Adam and I were all lucky enough to attend. It’s surprising how much of Bukti Negara – The Unified Art you can learn through a Zoom session. Over 3 hours, we got to follow along with:

  • Ottavio Tramonte – Mobility Training for Ground Fighting
  • Stefano Chiappella – Langkah (footwork) and Strategy Training
  • Ronald Hartman – Puter (turnaround) in All of Its Variations

It was quite a workout and we were all extremely sore the next few days (Ottavio’s fault) but we came away with multiple new insights, including:

  • The need for serious flexibility and leg strength to truly fight on the ground and hope to get back up again
  • How the time you have available as the opponent attacks dictates your footwork options
  • That weight transfer and level changes are the foundation for safe, effective turnarounds

We will be incorporating many of the things we learned into our future online classes. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, please contact us to sign up!

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Now Offering Online Classes

Beginning November 5, 2020, PNW Silat will offer online classes in Bukti Negara – the Unified Art.

For any of you that know us, that might seem like a strange announcement. Online instruction was not something we seriously considered because we believed that it couldn’t compare to the in-person experience. But as the pandemic has ground on month after month, we have received regular online instruction from Walter and it has helped us immensely.

Due to COVID concerns, we have had to turn down requests for classes multiple times. But as it has become clear that the pandemic is far from over, it seems that we won’t have the opportunity to offer in-person classes anytime soon.

We all benefit from regular exercise and instruction in our art. Online classes offer both.

If you are interested in learning Bukti Negara as taught by Walter van de Broeke, contact us. The online instruction we offer will help you build a foundation in the art, improve your fitness, and make you a better fighter.

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A Brief History of Silat and Bukti Negara

Pencak Silat is the collective name for the increasing number of styles in the various Indonesian martial arts. Kind of like Karate or Kung Fu cover numerous styles from the region they originated.

Pencak Silat is unique due to the rich variety of styles. Each style has its own appearance, emotional value and beauty. One problem in writing a history of Pencak Silat is the absence of written sources, probably due to the level of secrecy maintained within
the various styles.

During colonial times gatherings of more than five people were illegal. As a result both the self-defense and the demonstration forms had to be performed in the deepest secrecy. Also, the Dutch government forbade martial exercises outside the colonial army
because of the fear of rebellion.

After the Second World War and the subsequent Indonesian war of independence, Pencak Silat filtered through to large sections of the general population.

The original Pencak Silat that was practiced in Indonesia from early morning until late at night and required many years of intensive training that was imbued with Eastern mysticism and impressive
traditions. The real Pencak Silat is a way of life, a martial art that was never intended to be a sport.

Fortunately, not all experienced pencakers decided to take their expertise with them to the grave, and a few have managed to transfer their skills to the rational Westerner. Not only that, but they also managed to develop Pencak Silat in such a way that it could be taught in the context of a sport school. One of these experts was Paul de Thouars, who developed the style of Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara. Bukti Negara is a very advanced fighting system based on physics and physiology, and consisting of elements from Serak.

Since 2011 Bukti Negara has made a new start. Under the leadership of the European Board of Directors & Technical Director Walter van den Broeke, Bukti Negara is currently being practiced in many European
countries, in America and in Asia.

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