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We Are Philsilat

Philsilat . Our Team.

Philsilat Team. Team Philippines. Pesilats

Philsilat Sports Association is the National Sports  Association  (NSA) of pencak silat  athletes and coaches in the Philippines. Philsilat is a recognized member of  PERSILAT ( the International Federation of Pencak Silat,) APSIF ( Asian Pencak Silat Federation), and a recognized NSA of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) and a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee or POC. Philsilat is founded in 2014 and is a registered entity with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) .

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Pencak Silat. Our Sports.

Pencak Silat is an ancient form of Martial Arts  that originated in the Malay Peninsula all throughout South East Asia.

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Our Mission and Vision .

To train young Filipinos become Pesilat and for them to invibe the qualities of a Pesilat : spiritually and physically.  We aim to bring honor, pride and prestige to our country as well by bringing home medals  during international competition after competitions.

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About Philsilat

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The Philsilat Sports Association, Inc. is the National Sports Association (NSA) of Pencak Silat athletes and coaches. Philsilat is a proud regular member of the Philippine Olympics Committee (POC). We are recognized and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) , and a regular member of the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT) and the Asina Pencak silat Federation ( APSIF). 

Pencak Silat is a Malay art of self-defense influenced by social, culture, religious and sports context by the ethnic groups in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and in the Southern Philippines. Pencak Silat literally means “ to fight artfully” based on two different words. Pencak Silat can be played both by men and women and is played in-door. 

Philsilat is committed to bring Pencak Silat to a new height of sporting excellence and in the process we hope to nurture every Persilat (Pencak Silat athlete) to realize his/her own maximum potential as an individual and as member of the society on a larger context.

Philsilat aims to promote, propagate and develop Pencak Silat as a sport that can be performed by all segments of the community in the Philippines, regardless of religion and culture.   We aim to promote it as a healthy, popular and interesting activity. Furthermore, we hope to be the well known ethnic martial art sports in the country that offers an avenue for community development through sports. 

Since its initial existence from the first Pencak Silat national sports association up to the present NSA which is Philsilat, we have been bringing home, pride and recognition to our country. Philsilat in the past 3 years have, won Gold and Bronze Medals in the 2017 SEA Games. We won over-all 3rd place in the 3rd Asian Pencak Silat Championship held in South Korea last September 2017, bringing home 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals and 8 bronze or a total of 11 medals out of 12 athletes that competed. We likewise brought home the most number of medals in the Philippine contingent during the 2016 Asian Beach Games held in Da Nang, Vietnam with 3 silvers and 3 bronze medals; while during the Pencka Silat World Champiosnhip of the same year, our athletes won 1 silver and 1 bronze .

Our aim of helping the youth stay ouf of the street and teach them how to become a more responsible and productive member of our society starts with our program in the grass root levels. At present we have more than 3,000 youth athletes nationwide; and  having provincial coordinators that work closely with their respective local government units and with the Department of Education for their active participation in the various sports program of the government. We always believe that our youth can be developed into a good citizens if we make thme learn the discipline and ethics of any sports.  We are a regualr sports at Batang Pinoy, SCUAA, and other regioanl athletic meet. Further, we are a demo sports in Palarong Pambansa. In the international competition, pencak sialt is a regualr sports at the Asian Games, SEA Games, AIMAG ( Asian In-door Games), Asian Beach Games and of course for the international tournaments being conducted by different regional federations sanctioned by the International Federation which we are a member.

Philsilat Team posing during the Philippine-Malaysia Joint Training  & Friendly Match held in Manila

Philsilat Team posing during the Philippine-Malaysia Joint Training & Friendly Match held in Manila

SEAGAMES 2017 Gold Medalist , Dines Dumaan, taking down his opponent  ( Photo by Jat Tenorio)

Our Sport.

The Art of Pencak Silat .

Discipline. Grace. Power. Precision

Pencak silat (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈpent͡ʃak ˈsilat]; in Western writings sometimes spelled "pentjak silat" or phonetically as "penchak silat") is an umbrella  term  for a class of related Indonesian  martial arts.  In neighbouring countries the term usually refers to professional competitive  silat . It is a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry. Every part of the body is used and subject to attack. Pencak silat was practiced not only for physical defense but also for psychological ends.

The leading organization  of pencak silat in Indonesia is Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia (Pencak Silat Association of Indonesia). The liaison body for international pencak silat is the International Pencak Silat Association or PERSILAT (Persekutuan Pencak Silat Antara Bangsa).

The oral history of Indonesia begins with the arrival of Aji Saka  (lit. primordial king) from India to Java. At the request of the local people, he successfully killed the monarch Dewata Cengkar of  Medang Kamulan  in battle and took his place as ruler. This story traditionally marks the rise of Java and the dawn of its Dharmic civilisation. The tale also illustrates the influence India had on Indonesian and Southeast Asian culture in general. Aji Saka is shown to be a fighter and swordsman, while his servants are also depicted as fighting with daggers. The Indian method of knife-duelling was adapted by the Batak  and  Bugis- Makassar people . Ancient Indonesian art from this period also depicts warriors mounted on elephants wielding Chinese weapons such as the jian   or straight double-edge sword, which is still used in Java.

The earliest evidence of pencak silat being taught in a structured manner comes from 6th-century Riau  from where it spread to the Minangkabau capital in West Sumatra . The Minangkabau had a clan-based feudal government. Military officers called hulubalang acted as bodyguards to the king or yam tuan. Minang warriors served without pay. The plunder was divided among them according to military merit, so fighters strove to outdo each other. They were skilled horsemen with the native pony  and also expert bladesmiths, producing arms both for their own use and for export to Aceh. Traditional Minang society was based around matrilineal custom, so pencak silat was commonly practiced by women.  As pencak silat became widespread in Srivijaya, the empire was defeated by the Tamil  Cholas  of South India   in the 13th century.  The Tamil stick fighting art of  silamban  is still the most common Indian fighting system in Southeast Asia today.

During the 13th century, Ken Arok , a thug turned into a self made hero and ruler, took over the power from Kediri Kingdom  and established the Rajasa Dynasty . This is pretty much reflected the jago (people's champion) culture of ancient Java, where a self made cunning man skillful in martial arts, could rally supports and took over the kingdom. His successor, the warrior-king  Kertanegara of Singhasari  conquered the Melayu Kingdom,  Maluku Islands, Bali , and other neighbouring areas. From 1280-1289, Kublai Khan  sent envoys demanding that Singhasari submit to the Khan as Jambi and Melayu had already done, but Kertanegara responded defiantly by scarring the last envoy's face. Kublai Khan retaliated by sending a punitive expedition of 1000 junks to Java, but Kertanegara had already been killed by a vassal in Kediri before the Yuan   force arrived. His son-in-law Raden Wijaya  replaced Kertanegara as leader and allied himself with the arriving Mongol army. With their help Raden Wijaya was able to defeat the Kediri forces. With his silat-trained warriors, Raden Wijaya then turned on the Mongols so that they fled back to China. The village he founded became the Majapahit  empire. This was the first empire to unite all of indonesia's  major islands, and pencak silat reached its technical zenith during this period. In Majapahit, pencak silat became the specialised property of the nobility and its advanced secrets were hidden from commoners. 



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