Monday, October 08, 2012

A Panglipur Silat Seminar

This past weekend I had the privilege of training with Kang Cecep Arif Rahman of Pencak Silat Panglipur. What a talented individual. Great control. Great power. Great ability. Crazy speed. A picture of grace and humility. A picture of what it means to be a pesilat. 

Unfortunately, few Floridians took this opportunity to meet and train with him. It's truly your loss. You could have walked away with a clearer picture of the physical culture of pencak silat of course, but also the humility of character that is the goal of pencak silat.

Yeah, of course you could have learned some martial arts, but realistically, in two days you're not going to get a whole lot. Rather, if you attend something like this, put your energy into learning what you can of course, but better to spend it developing in the area of brotherhood and friendship IMO. The physical stuff is just a means for making that happen.

That said, I don't want to belabor this too much but seriously, if you EVER get a chance to meet, train with, or otherwise spend time with Kang Cecep do so. Fabulous person. Very open to sharing the beauty and effectiveness of pencak silat Panglipur. 

Thanks to Nick Portillo for bringing Kang Cecep to Florida.
Thanks to Eric Kruk for bring him to the U.S.