My "merantau" to Indonesia was mainly for the reason for the research paper presentation at ICMIE'14. But I thought it would not polite to go as far as Bali without spending a little bit time to visit my brothers and my Masters in Indonesia. The Pencak Silat is the Malay traditional martial art. When we say "Melayu" (Malay), it covers from Thailand, southern of Cambodia, southern of Vietnam, to the Philippine archipelagos, where those people who speak Melayu for centuries. We called these "ethnic-language-geo-border" as Nusantara.
Pencak Silat has been developing differently in different regions in Nusantara. In Indonesia, especially in the Javanese islands, the technique and method is different as what I've learned in Malaysia, especially in Silat Seni Gayong. Cimande, Cikalong, Serak, Shahbanda, Silek Tuo, Pamacan, Seterlak, Maenpo, are those "Aliran" which are developping into the "Perguruan" like PST, SH, Tapak Suci, Panglipur, Perisai Diri etc.
Due to Pak Taufiq, Silat Betawi was initially known as "Maen Pukulan". And there are many Aliran (family), of Betawi style Cengkerik, Beksi, Gerak Rasa, Sabeni etc. The Aliran of Pak Taufiq is known is "Ales Badan", with the meaning of "Displacing Body". Getting some tips in the technique of Ales Badan, we were invited to try the powerful home-made "Bir Peletok" with the deep-fried jackfruit (Cempedak). What a superb combination : Pukulan-Bir Peletok-Cempedak!
The Aliran Betawi has a lot of Pukulan technique, and for the locking technique, the grappling is accepted also. The main weapon that are used is the Sarong and the Golok. Betawi also has their own dialect, Eventhough sometime I didn't understand all of the Betawi dialect, I still manage to guest the meaning of the conversation. Pak Taufiq, I had condumed your Bir Pelatok. And most of my students LOVE it! InsyaAllah I think we should think to commercialize your Bir Peletok here in Malaysia. Next trip, I'll be your official dealer in Malaysia! ;)
Thank you Bapak Taufiq, and also to my brother Mas Bayu and wife Ade for your hospitality! ;) To Zaza, your brother Aaisy eagerly to come again to Jakarta after got the special tumbler! ;)