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Pencak Silat: Through My Eyes [Paperback]

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This is a complete presentation of the principles and applications of one of the most effective martial arts styles, written by one of the most sought-after Silat masters of all time, the late Herman Suwanda. The book explores the art and science of this Indonesian combat method. There is a detailed breakdown of the offensive and defensive skills used in Pentjak Silat, and the tactical elements of timing, distance, rhythm, cadence, and tempo. The unique principles and techniques of Silat as taught by the late Herman Suwanda are fully described in this authoritative book. It is a true gem by one of the legendaries masters of Pentjak Silat.

Pencak Silat Mande Muda in the west is left to a lucky few who had contact with the late Guru Besar Herman Suwanda. Herman Suwanda was a man who greatly affected many people. It has been a few years since his tragic demise on March 22, 2000, but his spirit still lives in the Pencak Silat we do. Herman Suwanda was the first son born to Pak Uyuh Suwanda on February 10, 1955.

About Author

Pak Herman was the second leader of Pencak Silat Mande Muda.He was first son in Suwanda Family. He began to study pencak silat from Pak Uyuh in 1960. In 1965, he began to also study with pendekars from other traditional pencak silat schools, and he continued to study until his death. He began teaching in Indonesia in 1974, and in 1980, he traveled to the US to begin teaching there. In addition to supervising the schools in Indonesia, he traveled extensively, teaching Pencak Silat Mande Muda seminars around the world. Pak Herman hoped to fulfill his father's dream of building a school for pencak silat students so that they would not have to practice outside or in the living room.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed reading the book.
It gives a glimpse of background on Mande Muda and Pak Herman Suwanda. The book shows the Silat styles that make up Mande Muda. I wish the book had more in depth coverage of the Silat styles of Mande Muda. As a matter of fact, that is one of the reasons I didn't give it a 5 star. The other reason is that the book had about 2 chapters covering the Indonesian History. I would've prefered less coverage of the Indonesian History and more coverage on the Indonesian Silat.

The Indonesian history chapters are outlines. I fell asleep most of the time in history class during grade and elementary school in Indonesia. So I guess this was a good way for me to catch up *haha* Nonetheless a good book on Mande Muda history. I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking at technique or jurus illustrations. There are other Silat books that cover techniques and jurus better.


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Pencak Silat or Silat is a martial art originating from Southeast Asia. This martial art is widely known in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore, the southern Philippines and southern Thailand in accordance with the spread of ethnic Malay archipelago. Pencak silat in the parent organization is the Association of Pencak Silat Indonesia Indonesia (IPSI). Organizations that embody martial arts federations in various countries is Pencak Silat Guild Between Nations (Persilat), formed by Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.