Have You Experienced Pencak Silat Mande Muda?

If not, what are you waiting for?

Pencak Silat Mande Muda is a West Javanese system of Silat that was founded by Uyuh Suwanda in Bandung, Indonesia in 1951.

It was brought to the United States by his son, Herman Suwanda.

What's in the Name?

To discover what's in the name, let's look at how Pendekar Herman defines each word.

Pencak is originally from Java and refers to martial arts of that area.

Sometimes you'll see the word spelled penca.

This is the original spelling found in the Sunda language.

When the k is present, it is Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia.

In this case, pencak refers to the movements or beauty of the martial arts.

Silat refers to fighting, and is in common use in the areas of Sumatra, the southern Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and other areas in southeast Asia.

Mande comes from the word Cimunde.

This word was used because Pendekar Herman's father, Bapak Uyuh, believed Cimunde was the original Pencak Silat of West Java.

The "ci" was removed from the word because his system taught more than just Cimunde.

Muda means young or new.

So, Mande Muda is like a young child in that it is always growing and looking for new Silat material and it is open to all the arts.

The Connection Between Pencak Silat Mande Muda & Buka Jalan

Our art, Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat, was created by Guro Cass Magda.  

As a student of Pendekar Herman, he learned Mande Muda.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that there is a Mande Muda influence on our art.

A Comprehensive System

Pencak Silat Mande Muda combines techniques and principles from 25 Pencak Silat styles from West Java and other areas of Indonesia.

Not surprisingly, Mande Muda is a comprehensive system that includes empty hands, weapons, breaks, locks, ground-fighting, takedowns, throws, counter-grappling, and more.

These elements give the art its deadly combative application.

Much More Than That

Mande Muda prides itself on being on being much more than just a comprehensive system.

It is:

  • an effective method of self-defense

  • tool for self-development and

  • vehicle to preserve and share the traditional culture of Indonesia

Effective Self-Defense

In terms of being an effective method of self-defense, Mande Muda techniques are based on principles, such as body mechanics and leverage, which provide functionality for practitioners regardless of age or gender.


Mande Muda training emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills as well as indoctrinating its practitioners to embrace a growth mindset.  

Both of these aspects make Mande Muda an excellent tool for self-development.

Cultural Conveyor

Mande Muda also includes kembangan, as well as stylistic, cultural, and historical studies. 

Collectively, these elements support the preservation and sharing of traditional Indonesian culture.

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