By: Rinrin Sri Annisa (FSH/PS)
There is no one who really knows about the history of Pencak Silat. One of historian Mr. Marijun Sudirohadiprojo said that source of Pencak Silat comes from animals. Therefore, its motions given name from – animals name, such us monkey style, dove style and etc. Beside that Pencak Silat helped Indonesian independence, and many patriot use it as their weapons. Furthermore, Indonesian people use it as kind of
sport and make it for some competition, indeed reach the International level. More than 600 styles of Silat exist in Indonesia and every style has step and technique. The famous style is Silat Minang that comes from Minangkabau ethnic, especially in west Sumatera and Cimande style which come from West Java.
Pencak Silat as the ancestor legacy has some of philosophy. A Silat master starts to teach his student by strengthening their moral character and religious devotion. Besides, Silat is applicable in all aspect of life. The principles of Silat are applicable to us; because of that, awareness appear between Indonesian people to
keep the existence this noble heritage by founding a national organization related to it. Finally on Mei 18th, 1948, IPSI (Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia) was made to develop and revive Indonesian society to keep this noble heritage and warn people who forgot it.
The conclusion is, nowadays there are some people who did not care about Pencak Silat but some also effort to keep and develop this noble heritage.