Thread: PGB Silat
5/07/2009 12:33pm, #1
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I was on the internet looking at some Silat systems, and I found this www.pgb.org. The following was taken from en.wikipedia.com
"Persatuan Gerak Badan, (PGB Bangau Putih), is a martial art school and community association that was founded in Bogor, West Java in 1952 by the late Suhu Subur Rahardja (while alive, known as Suhu. Now known as Suhu Subur or Suhu Almarhum).
Born in 1925 to a martial arts family in Bogor, West Java, Suhu Almarhum became a student of Silat from a very tender age. Suhu's uncle and first teacher, Liem Kim Bouw, was a martial arts master and respected healer. Later, Suhu Almarhum studied under several other martial arts masters who came to live with his uncle during times of difficulty in Asia in the 1930s and 40s. Suhu Almarhum demonstrated prodigious talent for the martial arts from a very early age. He also demonstrated the extraordinary discipline necessary to learn various styles and to endure the rigorous years of study of martial arts often taught only in monasteries. According to one of Suhu Almarhum's most famous teachers, Gusti Gedeh Agung Jelanktik Baliwangsa, the former King of Lombok, he had mastered the external form of martial arts by the age of twenty. Suhu Almarhum then went on to master the internal styles as well. It is said that the current White Crane Silat style taught by PGB represents Suhu Almarhum's synthesis of four martial arts styles with that of his original clan style of Kun Tao.
In the 1970s, young men and women from the west came to study Pencak Silat PGB Bangau Putih (White Crane Silat) in Bogor under Suhu Almarhum. Inspired by their commitment and interested in achieving a wider audience for his art, Suhu Almarhum began to travel to the West to teach. Soon PGB Bangau Putih (White Crane Silat) branches began to crop up in Germany, France, and the United States. Enthusiastic students often traveled to Bogor to train under Suhu in Indonesia and some of Suhu Almarhum's senior students traveled to the Western countries to provide instruction. The White Crane Silat Center in Bogor began to take on a very international flavor with students from all over the world coming to stay and train for a few weeks to a few years.
Suhu Almarhum died in 1986 leaving the care of PGB to his son, and a Master in his own right, Suhu Gunawan Rahardja. Gunawan, the current Suhu (Grandmaster) of White Crane Silat, has continued and expanded upon his father's work.
The full name of the school is Perguruan Silat Persatuan Gerak Badan Bangau Putih. This translates to English as: School (Perguruan) of Martial Arts (Silat) Association (Persatuan) for Movement (Gerak) of the Body (Badan), White (Putih) Crane (Bangau). There are many branches of PGB silat in Indonesia, Germany, France, Spain, the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.
The Pusat PGB Bangau Putih (Center of White Crane Silat) in Bogor continues to provide a high level of training for Indonesians and students from the world over. Every year an international retreat is held in a different host country and students come from around the globe to attend a week long intensive training seminar. Suhu Gunawan also continues the healing traditions of his uncle and father by providing traditional Asian healing practices to a wide variety of patients."
Would it be worth it to start training in this system of silat?????
5/07/2009 4:25pm, #2
There are other factors to consider beyond just the system of the martial art, the site was a bit unclear but is there a school near you?Surfing Facebook at work? Spread the good word by adding us on Facebook today! https://www.facebook.com/Bullshido
5/07/2009 5:04pm, #3
Is that style of Silat available near you? Check out a class, it will give you a better idea if it's worthwhile then a website or our opinions.
Their website seems to offer little in an explanation of what the classes are like.
5/07/2009 8:50pm, #4
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