The formal system of Indonesia’s fighting art is called "pencak silat". It originated around 2000 B.C. The crude form of pencak silat was developed from observations of animal movements and natural surroundings. Pencak silat was used for defending against wild animals, bandits, madmen and tribes from outside the archipelago. In addition, it was used to protect the family and one’s honor.

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Rockville, MD 20852

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American University, Washington, DC

Course Title: The Fighting Arts of Indonesia

Dates: August 26, 2013 - December 9, 2013


Special Events

  • Open Silat Training & Exhibition @ National Mall.
    Date: 5/19/2013
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Address: Between 14th/15th St and Jefferson Dr. SW
    Description: Discover the ancient fighting art of Pencak Silat. Bring your friends and family and have them experience the ancient fighting art of Pencak Silat. Rain or Shine the training continues. Please pass along this flyer.



History of Pencak Silat Al-Azhar

Al-Azhar Seni Bela Diri was founded on April 20, 1970 at Masjid Agung Al-Azhar, in Jakarta Indonesia. Members who have already registered with this pencak silat school exceeds over one hundred thousand. Al-Azhar Seni Bela Diri was founded by Muhammad Sufiyono and Djauharul Abidin Bakir.

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