Pukulan Cimande Kombinasi (PCK) is a style of Indonesian Pencak Silat developed and taught by Guru Besar Jerry Jacobs. Pencak Silat is a general term used to describe martial arts that come from the island nation of Indonesia. PCK encompasses all 8 Areas of traditional Pencak Silat and can be roughly translated as:

  • “Pukulan” denotes “hitting” or “striking”.
  • “Cimande” is a well known style of Pencak Silat in Western Java.
  • “Kombinasi” can be translated as “combination”.

Pukulan Cimande Kombinasi is a full-range martial art composed of several styles of Pencak Silat including (Cimande, Sera, Cikalong, Syabandar, Kari/Madi and Betawi Silat). It includes the use of several edged and impact weapons, fighting while in a grounded position, grappling and multiple opponents training. The style of fighting is distinguished by free flowing, writhing movements, off-timing, integrated footwork and draw stance strategies. It is also characterized by a close fighting position and fast continuous hitting. The strategy is to close with the opponent such that it is possible to sweep them to the ground in a violent way, then follow this attack with a barrage of continuous flowing strikes or some kind of finishing technique. There is heavy emphasis on attacking the limbs of the opponent, and delivering fast disorienting strikes to the face, followed by more substantial strikes to the head and body.

Style Content

The style is organized around the use of five primary animal techniques- Monkey, Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon and the 18 Principles of Combat.

The Monkey (Monyet, Kera) portion of the style uses slaps, grabs, punches and elbows, changing position from high to low.

The Tiger (Pamacan) utilizes a very low stance, and seeks to smash the opponents limbs and drag him down to continue the fight on the ground. The tiger also fights in a full supine (Harimau) position where the practitioner is lying fully on the ground.

The Snake (Ular) style comes in two varieties, cobra (Sendok) and python (Sawa). The cobra style uses half-fists to deliver fast strikes to the eyes and soft body tissues, and the python attempts to strike then wrap the opponent’s limbs and body to break, strangle and throw them.

The Crane (Blekok) style uses high stances and leaps, together with open hand strikes.

And Lastly, the Dragon (Raja Naga) is a synthesis of the other four animals, together with a strategy of deployment which emphasizes internal techniques and highly deceptive movements.

The movements of the art are also taught in conjunction with various breathing methods which leads to an increase in ‘tenaga dalam’ (energy) in the body.

Main influences

Pukulan Cimande Kombinasi is based on Guru Besar Jerry Jacobs extensive training over the past 17 years with various teachers of the Indonesian Martial Arts and the combination of these sources include:

Poekoelan Tjiminde

This is the style of Pencak Silat propagated by Willy Wetzel, a Dutch-Indonesian Master who brought the art to the United States. A handful of schools in the United States teach variations of ‘Poekoelan’ as it is also known. This is where our 4 animal systems come from (monkey, tiger, snake and crane) with the culmination of the Dragon or Raja Naga. Guru Jim Wetzel (Willy Wetzel’s son) still teaches his father’s art at his school in Pennsylvania. I feel honored and privledged to have learned some of the fundamentals of Poekoelan Tjiminde directly from Guru Jim Wetzel.

Pukulan Cimande Pusaka

This is the style of Pencak Silat propagated by one of my long time teachers Pendekar William Sanders as passed down from his teachers, Guru John Malter (student of Willy Wetzel) and Pendekar Eddie Jafri. Pendekar Sanders and Pendekar Jafri were also affiliated with Pendekar Banten (PPPSBBI) – This is an organization of Indonesian Pendekars in West Java whose goal is to promote traditional style Pencak Silat. This is where 11 of our 18 Principles come from and the concept of “The Thread”. Pendekar Sanders also refined the use of the “Circle of Creation” which is the “Master Key” to our style of Cimande.

Cimande Tarik Kolot

Cimande Pusaka, Sera and Pamacan as taught in the village of Tarik Kolot by Pendekar Mama Sukarma, who traces a direct lineage to Embah Kahir. I recieved the title of “Guru” in Cimande Tarik Kolot from Pendekar Sukarma in traditional Cimande Pusaka, Sera and Pamacan.

Sera Kombinasi

This is a style created by Mas Jud in the twentieth century, based upon traditional Sera, Cimande, Cikalong, the five animal silat styles, and other sources. It is currently taught by Mas Jud’s descendants living on Java in the town of Cilisung. This is the original river source of Willy Wetzel’s art of Poekoelan Tjiminde and ultimately the original river source of Pukulan Cimande Kombinasi.

Ilmu Surapati

Pendekar Sartono claims inheritance of a lineage of Ilmu (mystical science) which traces its origin to Untung Surapati. This is where the Master Key of our system, the Circle of Creation comes from as passed down to Pendekar Sanders and then to me.

Pasundan Pencak Silat

Pasundan translates to “the land of the Sundanese”. Bapak Ismail Sujadi was born in Bandung, Indonesia (West Java) in 1959. He began his study of Silat at the early age of six, learning his family’s original style from his father Abah Marjadi who is 86 years old today and only teaches to family members, and from his uncle Mang Aye who passed away in 1995. Mang Aye taught Bapak Ismail mostly the physical aspects including jurus and lankah from Cimande, Cililin, Cikalong, Syahbandar and Sera while Bapak’s father Abah Marjadi focused more on tenaga dalam cultivation, meditation and healing. I’m honored to be learning the entire Pasundan Pencak Silat system directly from Bapak Ismail.

Silat Panglipur

Panglipur is a blend of large streams in West Java and West Sumatra, namely from source streams Pencak Silat in West Java, known as Cimande style (which was established by Eyang Kahir/Khoir in the year 1700 to 1789), the Cikalong style (founded by H. Ibrahim in the year 1816 – 1906, a combination of Cimande style with the styles that brought from West Sumatra by Bang Kari and Bang Madi is better known by Kari Madi styles), Syabandar style (which was founded by Haji Kosim in the year 1766 to 1880), Sera/Serak style (which is founded by Pak Sera, the Silat master from Banten who was combines Cimande style with the Aceh styles), and the last one is Betawi style (which is a combination of Cimande style, Sera style, Kari-Madi style, and with other martial arts brought by the immigrants from Chinese Moslem immigrant, Arabic, etc. who live in Batavia/Jakarta). Kang Cecep Arif Rahman as a trainer and manager of Padepokan Kasundan is a sixth generation of Panglipur who continuously trains and researches every aspect of Panglipur and all of its styles to stay progressive and constantly evolving the system to a new level. It’s my honor and priveledge to be able to train with such a great instructor.

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