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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.
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.
Our art, Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat, was created by Guro Cass Magda.
As a student of Pendekar Herman, he learned Mande Muda.
it’s no surprise that there is a Mande Muda influence on our art.
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.
elements give the art its deadly combative application.
Mande Muda prides itself on being on being much more than just a comprehensive system.
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.
these aspects make Mande Muda an excellent tool for self-development.
Mande Muda also includes kembangan, as well as stylistic, cultural, and historical studies.
these elements support the preservation and sharing of traditional Indonesian