Are You Interested in Silat Systems?

As a student and teacher of Silat, I sure am interested in Silat systems!  

I simply love the structured progression that our Magda Institute Silat system - Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat - provides. 

While Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat is an eclectic blend that draws from many styles of Silat, it is the systems of Bukti Negara and Mande Muda that form the bulk of its' teachings.

Given my love of learning, my interest in exploring the roots of our system, and my desire to share the fantastic arts of Indonesia with you, I want to share these systems with you. 

Regardless of whether you are in the beginning stages of exploring or you are already a serious Silat enthusiast, I believe you will enjoy these systems.


Magda Institute Silat System

Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat is the system of Silat we practice and teach.

We are blessed to have the privilege of practicing and teaching Magda Institute Silat.

The Magda Institute is headed by Guro Cass Magda.

Guro Cass trained extensively with two of the most prominent pendekars in the Silat community - Paul de Thouars and Herman Suwanda.

For more on the system we practice and teach, check out Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat and our Silat Curriculum.


Bukti Negara

Like Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat, Bukti Negara was officially born in the United States. 

Despite this fact, it is definitely a West Javanese Silat system.

It is a pukulan style that was created by Pendekar Paul De Thouars in 1985. 

Based on my research, it was created for two primary reasons.

First, Bukti Negara was a way for Pendekar Paul to thank America for giving him so much.

Second, Bukti Negara was a way to teach the principles of Sera - sometimes spelled Serak - without having to directly reveal a “closed” system.  

While Bukti Negara is an effective combat system in its own right, some people in the Silat community view Bukti Negara as a filter in the sense that you may become worthy to learn Sera or Serak once you have completed Bukti Negara training.

In Bukti Negara, djurus and sambuts form the nucleus of the system. 

The nucleus consists of only eight djurus or forms and eight sambuts or two-man training drills. 

Despite this fact, Bukti Negara is a highly sophisticated and effective fighting system.


Mande Muda

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, Pendekar Herman Suwanda.

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.

Mande Muda prides itself on being:

  • an effective method of self-defense,

  • a tool for self-development, and

  • a vehicle to preserve and share the traditional culture of Indonesia


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