Here, on the left, is one of my guru, Hasan Habudin. I started studying with him when I was 38 years old. He taught me the spiritual aspects of pencak silat or “kebatinan”. Now he is 89 years old. He is the founder of Pamur in the island of Madura.
Rifai Sahib is the founder of the Perguruan Panca Sakti Jakarta. He is a guru and also a friend. He is very knowledgeable about the history of pencak silat in West Java and Jakarta. He is one of the members of a team of experts formed by IPSI to standardize the various pencak silat styles Indonesia into a national style.
Here, on the right is Rustadi Effendi, IPSI Vice President and Executive Director. He was the manager of the Indonesian team on 1978-1987, when I was a national athlet. Since then we have been very close because of our common love for pencak silat.
Ramli is the guru of Perguruan Sile’Tuo Pusako Minang in Bukit Tinggi. From him I learned some interesting locking techniques. During my research, he accompanied me to different gurus in Bukit Tinggi to learn about the various sile’ styles. He has many students in Holland and Germany.
Standing from the left are Martin Jansen, H Harsoyo, Noto Soejitno, Sakti Tammat, and Inggrid. The photo was taken in The Hague in 1990. Martin thaught me about tradional Indonesian weapons and H Harsoyo thaught me the pesilat way of live and the importance of truth to oneself and others.
Pendekar Persaudaraan Perisai Diri Indonesia Arnowo Adjie. From 1979 to 1984 he was the national pencak silat trainer (IPSI). During that period he thaught me fighting techniques that proved very effective in competitions.
Sukowinadi is the founder of PERPI Harimurti Yogyakarta. He is also my guru. I learned breathing techniques to control myself, and many locking techniques. Now he is almost 90 years old and still teaches and practices pencak silat in Yogyakarta.
Aki Dedi is a renown pendekar in Cikaret, Sukabumi West Java, who taught me the spiritual aspect of Sundanese beliefs. Now he is almost 90 years old, but still can demonstrate how to play penca Mahdi, Kari, Sahbanda and Cikaret.