What’s The Meaning Behind The Pentjak Silat Logos?
The Pentjak Silat Logos are an extension of the art’s identities that communicate visually, through appearance, and emotionally, through symbolism.
Buka means to open, while Jalan means the way or the path.
Buka Jalan seeks to create openings – in martial arts and in life! Buka Jalan also opens the way for someone to develop an understanding of Pentjak Silat.
The Buka Jalan logo is comprised of five (5) elements – the scabbard, the kris, colors, the lotus and rice petals.
The scabbard represents inheritance on many levels, such as 1) the art and 2) yourself.
Additionally, half of the scabbard is light and half is dark. This represents the duality in the art and in life.
The kris is in front of the scabbard (you) because it guards the scabbard (the art).
The kris is the defense!
Half of the kris is light and half is dark. Once again, this represents the duality in the art and in life.
Black and white are the original logo colors.
As you now know, black and white represents duality. Duality exists in everything we do in Silat on all levels!
In Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat, most of the major techniques (takedowns) have an inside (dalam) and outside (luar) version).
In life, we face two enemies - one on the inside and one on the outside.
Most of us are familiar with the enemy on the outside because it is the most obvious!
The enemy on the inside is much less obvious and, often times, more dangerous.
The lotus is a beautiful flower that grows in difficult surroundings, such as the worst, mucky conditions.
The lotus symbolically represents the beauty in you and the art, as well as your ability and the art’s ability to survive under any conditions.
The rice represents the knowledge of the art.
When rice begins to grow it ascends toward the sky. As it continues to grow, it begins to descend back toward the earth.
As you become more knowledgeable, you should become more humble.
Your knowledge and humility drive you to give back (perhaps by teaching).
The rice also represents the idea of constant renewal and self-sustainment!
We, as students, undertake specialized and/or advanced training to improve (renew) ourselves. Our increased knowledge spurs us to dig deeper and to learn more, which allows us to develop a self-sustaining approach to personal growth!