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Jakarta Post

Pencak silat benefitting from increased popularity

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 17 2010   /  11:09 am

Ruly Kurniawan clenched his fists, swinging his left hand to the right while keeping his feet planted on the ground during a practice session of Indonesian traditional martial art pencak silat in South Jakarta’s Jagakarsa subdistrict.The 15-year old took a brief time-out, then repeated his movements several times to perfect his balance.Ten men spent Monday night performing pencak silat combinations at the H. Hasbullah Traditional Beksi School of Pencak Silat, one of the city’s oldest pencak silat schools.“At first, it was difficult to master all of the stances. But because I have kept on practicing for two years, now I can perform 12 routines,” he said.Ruly admitted preserving local culture was the main motivation that had driven him to take up the martial art.Wahyudi Tejo S. shared a similar reason for enrolling at the pencak silat school.“I’d like to develop the Betawi cult...