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Competition Maneuvers of Keluarga Pencak Silat Nusantara (III)

Rapid Journal, Vol 7, No.3 (Book 25, 2003: 44 – 45)

© O'ong Maryono


Demonstrated by Abdul Karim Jabad, national coach and trainer KPS Nusantara (Manila, The Philippines)



According to the International Pencak Silat Competition Regulations, competitions ought jto be performed in a spirit of brotherhood and knightly attitude, by using elements of self-defense, arts and pencak silat sports, and by honoring the International Pencak Silat Federation, (PERSILAT) Pledge. Since 1982 competition activities were developed at the national, regional and international level, following the rules set out in the regulations and supervised by legal technical officials. In the rules it is explained that pencak silat competition categories consist of: I. Tanding (match) category; II. Tunggal (single) category; III. Ganda (double) category, and IV. Beregu (team) category.

The techniques employed in these categories have similarity and are at times inspired by the competition maneuvers (jurus-jurus pertandingan) of KPS Nusantara. Especially for the tunggal and beregu category KPS Nusantara has been a source of inspiration. So let's continue with learning more about KPS competition maneuvers. Here we will examine the third sequel of jurus pertandingan III.

Defense Tactics


The pesilat stands in position I (fig. I) before moving to standing position XII (sikap dua betas: fig. 2). This standing position signals that the pesilat is ready to fight. From this position the pesilat enters into action by slowly opening the left and right palm, the right leg pulled up in the so-called "white heron" standing position (sikap dua) as to invite the opponent to attack (fig. 3). Subsequently, the pesilat returns to standing position XII by pulling down the right foot and moving closer the left foot forming a triangle shaped step (langka segi tiga: fig. 4). From this position the pesilat can decide to attack the opponent.

Attack Tactics


From standing position XII the pesilat advances with a right front kick (fig. 5) followed immediately by a sidekick (fig. 6) with the same leg. While pretending to punch with the left arm (fig. 7), the left leg moves in a zigzag forward and a strong punch is given with the right arm (fig. 8). In closure, the striking pesilat steps back two times, turns into a flying eagle standing position (elang melayang: figs. 9 and 10) and goes back to standing position (sikap siap) in preparation for the next pattern of movements.

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