Pencak Silat Gerakan Suci

Gerakan Suci is based primarily on the Suwanda Family art of Pencak Silat Mande Muda from West Java, Indonesia combined with the practices of Sufi Chivalry from the Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order. Of the 25 styles of Pencak Silat that make up Mande Muda, Gerakan Suci chooses these as the core of its curriculum: Cikalong, Cimande, Pamonyet, Harimau, Rikhisan, Sabandar, Nampun, Ulin Nafas, Maen Po and Benjang.

Gerakan Suci translates from Bahasa Indonesia as Sacred Movement. This refers to the concept of lankah baraka or stepping with the blessing. Outwardly, this means to be on time with your attention and your techniques. Internally, it means to move in sync with the physical and spiritual laws of the Universe. By practicing the drills and techniques of Gerakan Suci with diligence you can internalize these principles into every action. This will become evident over time with persistent practice, regular study, and proper guidance.

Gerakan Suci is an art that, if treated with the proper respect, will lead you into many levels of self-discovery. Even though Pencak Silat is relatively new to the West, there are many fine masters and teachers throughout the United States seeking to spread a true understanding of this deep art. If you can commit the time and attention to learning the concepts as presented, you will develop the ability to enter any situation, whether a fight or a seminar, and have an understanding of what is happening and how to respond appropriately.



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Series Levels
Level 1: Sabuk Hitam (black)
Level 2: Sabuk Hijau (green)
Level 3: Sabuk Merah (red)

In accordance with the tradition of our teachers, and their teachers before them, Pencak Silat Gerakan Suci is taught as a set of tools for the student to use in defense of themselves and those under their protection and to enable them to be a better person. This betterment begins with physical health but expands to encompass emotional stability, mental acuity, and spiritual purity. The training attempts to develop the cultured attributes of chivalry and service to be warriors for peace and justice. Pencak Silat should not be practiced in order to bully or hurt other people and it is not taught for that purpose. The guiding principle is a code of chivalry which is focused on internalizing the pusaka; chivalric qualities that include good manners and cleanliness. A result of the training is a citizen that is dedicated to service of their community. Those that are attracted to the study of Gerakan Suci are those that seek to be witnesses of injustice and who do their part, however small, to protect those in need.

Styles of Silat within Gerakan Suci

Developed in 1800 by Mohammed Kosim by combining Cimande and Sabandar, Cikalong was developed in large part as a response to Cimande. Cikalong is a high stance, long arm style that follows an opponent’s energy, evades and punishes working mainly from an opponent’s outside line. Much attention is focused on the attackers joints and nerves, especially the elbows, shoulders and knees.

The practice of Cimande develops a quality known as kuat hati (strong heart) which translates as courage. This is the quality of mind and spirit that enables one to face danger and your fears with self-possession, confidence, and resolution. Cimande is one of the foundation styles of Gerakan Suci. Named after a mountain village in West Java, Cimande was designed in 1735. The style is ideally suited to situations with wet or unstable footing, such as fighting in rivers, rice paddies or cluttered back alleys. A Cimande stylist seeks to stop an attacker by damaging the hands, arms and head using fast, powerful blocks and leg sweeps. Training emphasizes conditioning of the forearms and the shins as in Muay Thai kickboxing or Kung Fu iron palm training. Many styles of Pencak Silat have been developed in response to the Cimande style including Cikalong and Serak. The teachings of Gerakan Suci focus primarily on the Girong style from the Sunda village of Warungkiara; other styles of Cimande include Hilir and Tengaa. Our jurus Cimande are based on those currently practiced in Mande Muda with the addition of jurus from Cimande village. Although most of the jurus can provide both conditioning and reflex training, they are designed to be practiced in groups to work individually on one or the other. Training consists of three parts: conditioning, reflexes, and recovery. A single session should focus on either conditioning or reflexes with a recovery period afterward that is appropriate for the workout. WARNING: Do not practice these jurus without proper supervision from a certified instructor. Without guidance it is possible to severely damage your bone and soft tissue. Gerakan Suci is not responsible for the results of improper training methods. Outside of supervised sessions students should practice the jurus as solo drills for precision, breath development and memorization.

Pemonyet is a monkey style from Cirebon, West Java. A Pemonyet stylist is very unpredictable in action, going from laughing to screaming in one beat. It is a leaping, springing style often starting from an erect crouch. Most of the higher level work is done while in a trance.

Harimau is a Sumatran ground fighting style based on the movements and tactics of the tiger. Harimau uses twisting leg grapples and lower body strikes to bring an opponent down.

Rikhisan is primarily a defensive style based upon Cikalong that uses locks, grapples, holds and arm traps to disable and subdue an opponent or to escape subdual. The focus of the jurus is on joint manipulation and destruction. This is accomplished by a combination of rapid application of pressure applied to a series of joints such as wrist and elbow with proper body alignment and breath. There are a practically endless number of variations of these techniques. The ones presented within the Gerakan Suci teach the concepts so that it is possible to extrapolate other techniques. Each wrist jurus is first practiced with two hands on one joint, and then progresses to using one hand on the wrist and one on the elbow (or shoulder).

Sabandar is a Sumatran style based largely upon the snake. It is characterised by quick trapping movements done with the whole arm, particularly the elbows and a wide, sliding stance.

Nampun, Ulin Nafas
Nompun is a relatively new style from around 1930. It’s methods focus on hardening the body under attack through concentrated breathing techniques making the exponent nearly invulnerable. The jurus are called mengkuatan, ‘to make strong’.

Maen Po

Traditional Sundanese wrestling that’s not actually Pencak Silat.