Pencak Silat in Advertising

Guru Daniel shared this Kuku Bima energy drink ad with some of us Inner Wave folk, so I thought I’d share it with others. Kuku Bima translates as Bima’s nail and is an alternative name for the curved blade known as the kerambit. As for the meaning of Bima, I have no idea if it refers to the city in West Nusa Tenngara or if it refers to Bhima the second of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. I suppose it could be neither of those explanations.

Thinking back on my time in Yogya, I feel like the most common commercials were for Indomie (instant ramen noodles), energy drinks, and of course cigarettes. So it’s only appropriate that I post a couple of silat + cigarette ads here.

Bentoel Biru:

Dji Sam Soe (I have another Dji Sam Soe story here.)

Given that all my Pencak Silat teachers are rabid chain smokers, it could be that there’s more truth in advertising in the Bentoel and Dji Sam Soe ads than in the Kuku Bima one.

Video: CU I-Fest

Our friends in Indonesia Permias (The CU Indonesian association) asked Inner Wave to join them in sharing the culture of Indonesia.  They provided the dance in the form of the Acehnese Tari Saman, and we provided the Pencak Silat.

Breakdown:
00:00-04:00 Tari Saman
04:00-06:45 Barongsai – Chinese/Indonesian Lion Dance
06:45-07:30 Jurus tongkat / Staff form
07:30-08:00 Jurus pisau / Knife form
08:00-09:00 Kembangan / Free flow fighting
09:00-09:40 Jurus pecut / Whip form
09:40 – 10:20 Pecahan besi / Breaking of steel files
10:20 – 11:00 Hormat / Closing

I should note that while the breakdown above says jurus/form, for the most part everything in this demo came from our kembangan. Instead of following a set pattern, we simply tried to follow the principles of silat and the context of the situation to create our own interpretation of the motion.

Upcoming Events April 16, 17

There are two upcoming Inner Wave Events this weekend.

On Saturday April 16, we will be performing at the CU international festival at around 8:00pm in the evening.

On Sunday April 17, Guru Daniel Prasetya and Guru Keith Moffett will be giving a seminar at the Inner Wave Pencak headquarters in Fort Collins.   For more details click here.