Self Defense 2

Self Defense 2

Distances Gerakan Suci uses the concept of fighting distances to measure an opponents strengths and then move to a distance of relative weakness or discomfort. We refer to these as Interview, Fighting, and 2nd Interview. Interview is the minimum distance at which conversation, harassment, or “sizing up” occurs but beyond which weapons are not effective. Each weapon has a different minimum distance and you must familiarize yourself with these and internalize this minimum safety range for each type. Minimum interview…

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Self Defense 1

Self Defense 1

Self Defense – Tactics of Safety Bela diri is the Indonesian term for the body of knowledge that deals with self defense and the strategy and tactics of avoiding or controlling a confrontation. Here I will introduce the general concepts that are applicable in all situations. The specific application of different tactics is covered in class practices and discussions. The Three Leaves The three leaves from the tree of conflict are Avoid, Defuse, Neutralize. When confronted with the possibility of…

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Introduction 3

Introduction 3

The Nomenclature of Combat As you delve into the study of Gerakan Suci, you may be overwhelmed by learning strange movements and a whole new language to explain them. There are several reasons for this. Every science has a nomenclature of its own. Whether you are learning astronomy, wine making or machining, the techniques of that discipline demand a specialized language. Gerakan Suci chooses to use the Indonesian language for the names of it’s practices. The first reason is to…

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Introduction 2

Introduction 2

Curriculum The curriculum is patterned on a university model. There are classes in the basics, core classes, focus subjects such as a particular weapon, electives and fitness regimen including cardio, weight training, and yoga. The core curriculum is divided into four Satria (warrior/knight) levels. This should take 4-8 years of concentrated study. At the completion of these you will have the equivalent of a third or fourth-degree black belt. There will still be a lifetime of study ahead, but this…

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Introduction

Introduction

This information is the focus of our studies and is reviewed on a regular basis as a student progresses. This enables the student to understand the concepts behind the curriculum as they learn the skills and techniques. Pencak Silat is a method of practical self defense and personal self development refined during the last 1000 years in the Indonesian archipelago and Malaysia. Pencak Silat is a living, evolving martial art used to this day for the protection of family and…

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Peace and respect to you!

Peace and respect to you!

Welcome to the web portal of Gerakan Suci, Perguruan Pencak Silat (g’rawk’awn soo’ chi, purr’guru’an pen’chawk see’lawt). Gerakan Suci is a school of martial arts firmly centered in the warrior tradition of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia. Gerakan Suci is not a new style, but rather a contemporary expression of the traditional styles we have been honored to learn. While we still teach our jurus and weapons as they were given to us, we also attempt to optimize our skills for…

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