Join us for the biggest Pencak Silat event ever

Traditional Pencak Silat Camp & Malioboro Pencak Silat Jamboree – Indonesia, May 2015

Come to Indonesia for a unique opportunity to train pencak silat at its roots.  The 2015 camp features training and instruction from some of the archipelago’s most skilled and experienced masters.  In addition to the camp, participants will have the opportunity to take part in the biggest Pencak Silat event ever.   Last year’s Malioboro Pencak Silat Festival featured over 8000 silat practitioners from over 40 different schools.  This year the expanded jamboree looks to be even bigger with more participants, more activities, more demonstrations and much more sharing and celebration of pencak silat.

Those traveling from the US have four camp options.  For more details contact the following to find the camp best suited to your interests and experience.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see silat in its homeland.

Organization Contact Phone E-mail
Kuntao Silat Hawaii (Pencak Silat Tenaga Tiga) Bahati Mershant +1 808 217 7659
Pencak Silat Hawaii (Pencak Silat Mande Muda TriSuwanda) Bernard Chong +1 808 386 0559
Pencak Silat Pasundan Ismail Sujadi +1 603 294 6259
Pencak Silat Inti Ombak Jake Richter +1 970 518 2285


For those interested only in the Malioboro Pencak Silat Jamboree on May 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta. Please contact:

Albert +628812736100
Shinta +62 81316579147




Inti Ombak Pencak Silat Kaedah

With the Content release 1 from martial codex today you will learn deeper about Pencak Silat start with what is kaedah

Article supplement for it

written by : Charles Brandon Stauff

What defines a martial art? What principles dictate qualities we associate with a given type of martial art? Is it culture? There are extant martial arts from many cultures in Asia, Europe, Africa, and there are even American martial arts such as Capoeira and Tire Machèt. Here we run into a problem with classification. If a martial art, such as pencak silat, has evidence of influence from many cultures can it still be considered Indonesian? Of course it can, because cultural influences such as professions, rhythm, religious beliefs, and dance movements affect Silat movements and make it different than Chinese wushu or Spanish fencing. A long-term study of martial arts will also reveal that these many styles from diverse cultures possess many mechanics in common with each other. Styles within a region may also differ from each other, there are hundreds of different kinds of pencak silat in Indonesia for example. Is it the profession of the founder(s)? Martial arts for the battlefield have a different approach than civilian dueling arts or styles used by criminals or those on the fringes of society. The professions and culture of the people who start a martial art frame the aspects of combat that are emphasized in that art. Fishermen will fight differently than aristocrats; the weapons, nutrition, cultures, and everyday activities of each profession will lead to different philosophies about combat because the objectives are different. Someone fighting to feed their family might move differently than someone fighting over a matter of honor, or another fighting to conquer.

There are many theoretical influences on a style’s movement and emphasis. Here we propose a working definition, that each art’s movement is defined by its philosophy. Here is a brief list of philosophical tenets:

“I come to you with only karate, my empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then these are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.”

“Using no way as way. Having no limitation as limitation.”

Malandragem and Mandinga”

“Largo, medio, and corto.”

”Wave  behavior”

Each of those outlines a martial art. Experienced martial artists will recognize some of the tenets outlined above as belonging to American Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do, Capoeira, and Filipino Martial Arts. The last one may be unfamiliar to the reader, it is the defining philosophy for a style of Pencak Silat, a martial art that is part of Indonesian culture. Many people define styles by regions and superficial movements that make them forget the core of defining a style lies within the defining philosophy (referred to in this article as Kaedah). It is Kaedah that forms the core of a fighting style and governs its motions.

The development of a style is influenced by the environment, occupation, disabilities, postures, rules of engagement, and preferences of its creator. A common error occurs when players take this to be their Kaedah and blindly follow their training and muscle memory, making decisions from habit. Many styles of Pencak Silat operate under a certain degree of secrecy, keeping their Kaedah secret from others when they demonstrate in public. Knowing the Kaedah of a style allows you to read and predict the movements of that style, because it forms the root and foundation of a martial art. No Kaedah is perfect, and understanding an opponent’s Kaedah will allow you to take decisions from them. Because of this, silat players will use Kembangan, or free-flow movement to camouflage their original Kaedah. This secrecy allows the silat player to preserve his or her most effective movements, making them more difficult to defeat in a real fight.

A common error with beginners is that they will learn multiple styles, mixing the motions together according to personal preference. Without a deep understanding of the Kaedah of each style being practiced, they will hurt their training. This can be likened to mixing wine with beer or vodka. For example, both Wing Chun and Boxing use punches. Wing Chun emphasizes using body structure for power in striking. Boxing emphasizes punching from the waist. Kaedah or defining philosophy runs much deeper than this. Using different underlying philosophies without understanding could be disastrous.

In the hope of helping other martial artists to better understand their art, and its Kaedah, we are publishing the Kaedah of Persatuan Pencak Silat Inti Ombak (IOPS), a silat organization with deep roots in the cultures of Central Java and Madura. Recently we have revealed our techniques using motion capture technology with Martial Codex (, and are concerned that the practice of only the techniques will not lead to a transmission of the entire style to the student. Therefore, we are publishing this article to help explain our philosophy and facilitate the teaching of our art through this wonderful new technology.

Kaedah is an Indonesian term, which roughly translates as “method” or “way.”  It refers to the rules or philosophy that governs a martial arts system’s motion.  For some silat styles this may be expressed tersely in a single phrase such as: “fight without getting hurt” or “circle defeats line”. The Kaedah of IOPS can be distilled down into wave behavior. In our movement, our philosophy, our daily life we strive exhibit the three fundamental properties of a wave:

In the front as a leader

In the middle as a balancer

In the back as an advocate

When translated to our movement and method of self defense. Inti Ombak’s kaedah consists of five central tenets:

 If possible, escape or avoid confrontation. The knife is an extremely deadly tool. Dealing with an armed opponent should not be taken lightly, as any momentary mistake can result in injury or death. The best defense is the event never occurring in the first place, either through situational awareness or escape. If one cannot escape, use footwork to move to an advantageous position.

  1. Avoid altering motion to accommodate a knife. Always assume an attacker is armed with a knife, react the same way whether they are armed or unarmed.
  2. Protect your vital areas; such as the head and neck, groin, as well as major veins and arteries. Taking this to heart also gives you the mentality to attack an opponent’s vital areas, because you are always taking them into account while they may not be.
  3. Immobilize or kill the opponent as quickly as possible, avoid entangling yourself with an attacker. Finishing a fight quickly reduces the danger to yourself or others, and makes it easier to deal with multiple opponents. Immobilization is preferable but not always possible, respond according to the situation.
  4. In every situation, there is a way to return to the first tenet: escaping to an advantageous position or avoiding further conflict.

 As you watch our techniques and motion; in one of our classes spread throughout the United States and Indonesia, our demonstrations on social media sites, or while going through our techniques in depth on Martial Codex (, keep these rules in mind. For your own training, contemplate your style’s philosophy and let it guide your movement. Transmit understanding of your Kaedah to your students. Analyze the motion of others in reference to their philosophy and don’t become overly focused on superficial movements.

Pencak Silat Inti Ombak by Mas Arif Baskoro

Perguruan Silat Inti Ombak


Perguruan Silat Inti Ombak adalah salah satu perguruan yang tergabung di dalam Paseduluran Angkringan Silat yang sangat maju perkembangannya. Sejak awal gagasan didirikannya Paseduluran Angkringan Silat, PS Inti Ombak selalu menjadi pendukung penuh Paseduluran Angkringan Silat. Di setiap acara – acara yang di adakan oleh Paseduluran Angkringan Silat Bregodo Inti Ombak selalu aktif berpartisipasi dengan penuh semangat.

PS Inti Ombak yang didirikan pada 05/05/2005 oleh Guru Agung DR Sigit Cahyana, Guru Besar Daniel Prasetya, serta Guru Anom Tjahjadi Tanudjaja ini Kantor pusatnya berada di Colorado, Amerika Serikat, sedangkan padepokannya berada di Yogyakarta. Hal ini terjadi karena ternyata saat dibawa oleh Guru Besar Daniel Prasetya ke luar negeri, Colorado, peminat terhadap perguruan ini membludak, sangat kontras dengan keadaan perguruan ini di Indonesia dimana peminatnya sangat sedikit, bahkan bisa dikatakan hampir tidak ada.

Sesuai dengan namanya, logo perguruan ini adalah ombak, melambangkan gelombang yang selalu bergerak, seperti manusia yang juga selalu bergerak dan bergejolak. Inti dari logo ini adalah “Menep”, bagaimana manusia dalam setiap pergerakan dan gejolak hidupnya dapat menguasai dan mengendalikan dirinya. Ciri khas lain dari logo PS Inti Ombak adalah Burung Camar karena pada awalnya Ilmu yang di ajarkan di PS Inti Ombak adalah perpaduan dari pencak Madura dan pencak Mataraman.

Penyebaran perguruan silat ini lebih banyak di luar negeri, yang terbesar adalah di Amerika Serikat; Colorado, Illinois, Los Angeles, Hawaii. Selain itu PS Inti Ombak juga ada di Afrika, Australia dan New Zealand, selain tentu saja di Indonesia.

PS Inti Ombak secara lembaga berdiri di bawah naungan Yayasan Pusaka Sakti Mataram Laku Utama, sebuah yayasan yang bertujuan untuk mempromosikan budaya Indonesia. Berbagai macam hal yang berada di bawah naungan yayasan tersebut seperti pengobatan, pendidikan mental spitritual, tari – tarian tradisional dan masih banyak lagi. Sedangkan PS Inti Ombak adalah yang menitik beratkan pada promosi dan pengembangan pencak silat.

Sistem pelatihan di Luar negeri dan di Indonesia mengadopsi sistem yang sedikit berbeda. Apabila di Indonesia sistemnya reguler sementara diluar negeri porsi terbesar adalah seminar – seminar dan workshop. Seminar ini diadakan hampir tiap bulan dan berpindah – pindah ke berbagai negara. Materi yang diberikan dalam seminar – seminar tersebut tidak senata hanya jurus saja, tapi juga berbagai macam pengetahuan seperti teknik pengobatan juga dipaparkan.

Yang sangat menarik adalah sistem tingkatan yang di tunjukkan oleh baju seragam. Setiap warna baju menunjukkan tingkatan masing – masing pemakainya dalam PS Inti Ombak. Dalam pawai pencak tradisi 2012 di Malioboro, yogyakarta kemarin tampak barisan Inti ombak sangat meriah dengan baju dan penampilannya yang sangat unik.

Para pemangku perguruan PS Inti Ombak juga selalu sadar pentingnya penggunaan teknologi bagi kemajuan perguruan mereka. Setiap hari Sabtu malam, mereka selalu mengadakan latihan bersama berbagai cabang perguruan dengan menggunakan teknologi teleconference. Sehingga setiap kemajuan dapat selalu cepat terupdate kepada semua cabang latihan..

Sampai saat ini PS Inti Ombak masih belum terdaftar di IPSI, dan memilih untuk bergerak sebagai sebuah perguruan pencak tradisional dikarenakan sejak awal berdirinya bersama Yayasan Pusaka Sakti Mataram Laku Utama ditujukan untuk memperkenalkan budaya dan tradisi Nusantara.

PS Inti Ombak di Pawai Silat Tradisi, Malioboro 2012

What Is Pencak silat ?

What is Pencak Silat?

Pencak Silat is a general term used to describe the martial arts systems found throughout Southeast Asia, especially those found in Indonesia and Malaysia. Pencak means art and silat can be translated as evade or escape, so the literal translation of pencak silat could be considered the “art of evasion or escaping”.
In Eastern philosophy evading or escaping does not necessarily mean running away, but rather it means facing the situation and solving it. Thus a deeper contextual translation for pencak silat may be the “art of problem solving”.

What comprises a Pencak Silat School (Organization)?

A pencak silat school (organization) is the embodiment of silat in more than one practitioner, who are typically bound together by a common vision or mission. The founder of the school could be one person along with his or her students, or it can be multiple people collaborating on a single vision. It is common for schools or organizations with multiple founders to incorporate the word Persatuan (translated as Union) into the school’s name. In these instances, the name is usually general or abstract so that it is not simply the name of a single founder. It is important to distinguish between a silat school / organization and a silat style (aliran) as they are commonly mistaken for one another.

So what comprises a silat style (aliran)?

Pencak Silat is a very unique art that tries to reach all aspects of life. Teaching of this art is usually made up of four aspects:

Sports or health
Self Defense
Arts or culture

A pencak silat style is usually the interpretation of silat by a specific practitioner. By this nature, students of a style agree to be tested over time and to follow the interpretation of their teacher.

Bringing this all together, recall that pencak silat is the art of problem solving and consider the following metaphor. Suppose it is raining outside. To solve this problem some people will take an umbrella and others will use a raincoat. In this case, the umbrella is comparable to a pencak silat school as it represents a common approach to dealing with the problem. The founder of this school could be considered the spoke of the umbrella, and the style would be the umbrella’s color or model.