I started out in martial arts as a kid because I needed it. Gangs, drugs, and violence were common where I Iived and as I got more involved with them I experienced that violence first hand. Martial arts was my savior…or so I thought. But as my experience dealing with gangs grew, so did my distrust of martial arts. I got seriously brutalized by gang members when I tried using many techniques in streetfights against guys who did boxing or just got out of jail. Then I found Pencak Silat (Indonesian/Malaysian Martial Arts). Things started to change.
As I got older and moved to other places, I went deeper into the world of Silat and the professional use of force through defensive tactics, military combatives, paramedicine/tactical medicine, and firearms. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. And it helped me tremendously to focus my experience on the street and make it professional and teachable to people like you. That life experience I almost died getting is what I bring to you in all my training courses, videos, and presentations. It’s technical skills that can be applied to combat situations, as well as warrior wisdom that can be applied to business and life in general.
For me, Pencak Silat has never been a hobby, rather a way of life as it is traditionally taught in Indonesia until today. The system of Silat Sharaf is just one branch of a beautiful, effective, martial tree that has roots extending generations of great Pendekars (masters) long before me. It’s my pleasure and my honor to share that knowledge with others of quality and substance who also want to be part of this great heritage we call Pencak Silat of the Nusantara.
Salam dan Hormat. Your brother in Silat,
Founder and Head Instructor Pencak Silat Sharaf (Through Pendekar Sufyan, Harimau/Family system, Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia)
Pesilat Silat Betawi/Golok Terbang Bekasi (Through Pendekar Deni Saefudin Hidayattulah, Kota Bekasi, Jawa Barat, Indonesia)