Guru Daniel Prasetya will be sharing his experience and knowledge of Pencak Silat on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Inner Wave Martial Arts School in Fort Collins, Colorado. To RSVP, follow the contact info at http://fortcollinssilat.com.
A couple of weekends ago I attended the 2013 Kapatiran Mandirigma (Brotherhood of Warriors) camp at the Hermit Park Campground outside of Estes Park, Colorado. As it has been every year, this camp was a great way to learn from many skilled teachers of the Indonesian and Filipino arts. This year’s highlights included the colorful language and instruction of Master Kurt Graham, receiving the frame to Master Style Nagarajen’s house, witnessing the speed and power of Datu Rich Acosta’s Scientific Lightning, and of course getting to eat hearty servings of Rica Rica and Adobo.
More importantly it is great to reconnect with the extended martial arts family to share stories, trade knowledge. I come away learning as much in my interactions after hours as I do during the seminars. If you’re looking to attend what I consider the best three days of Silat, Eskrima and Kali in North America, I would strongly encourage attending future KM Camps.
Finally, here’s a small taste of what we did.
Guru Daniel Prasetya will be returning to our Westminster school for another seminar on Wednesday April 25, 2012. For those of you new to Pencak Silat, this is a great way to get a feel for the art directly from the source. For those of you already familiar with Guru Daniel and his style, this is an opportunity to expand and grow in your martial arts studies.
I hope to see you there,
On Saturday, March 3, my teacher Guru Daniel Prasetya will be leading a Pencak Silat seminar at our Westminster school. The proceeds of this seminar will be used to help a dear friend of our martial arts family, Guru Bahati Mershant, pay for cancer treatments for his wife Cathleen.
For those of you who do not know Guru Bahati, he is not only an impressive practitioner of Sundanese Silat (see footage here), he is also the kind of person whose presence instantly brings a smile to all around him. This charm bridges all cultures and has enabled him to become kind of a video ethnographer of Indonesia and Indonesian martial arts.
While I was living in Indonesia, he came to Yogyakarta to meet my teacher Ki Poleng Sudamala, and I had the honor of serving as his translator. Over those few days, I experienced a variety of ceremonies and witnessed a wealth of silat knowledge that I would not have otherwise have seen, and for that I am eternally grateful to Guru Bahati. This video, provides a glimpse into those few days.
If you are available, I encourage you to attend. In addition to helping out a great person, this is an opportunity to learn something new.
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.
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.
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.