The 17th World Pencak Silat Championships took place in Denpasar, Bali in December 2016, with 5 British fighters representing the UK. The PSF UK team was one of 38 teams taking part from across the world in the Sports (Tanding) & Artistic (Seni) categories.
The PSF UK recently attended a wonderful celebration of Indonesian culture in London. The Indonesian Weekend, held from 28 – 29th May next to Tower Bridge on the bank of the Thames included fantastic Silat performances.
The PSF UK was pleased to assist Arsenal Football Club in producing and releasing a video which will be a big hit with its supporters in Indonesia, with first-team stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal trying the martial art Pencak Silat.
Bapak Mohamed Rifai Sahib, or, as he preferred to be known, Pak Rifai, was a man of tremendous energy. One of the most senior masters at IPSI, the Indonesian Pencak Silat Federation, he was a performer, a choreographer, a teacher and an ambassador for Silat.
The PSF UK sent the UK National Team to take part in the 19th Belgian Open Championships, on 3 & 4 May. The Championships, open to Pencak Silat clubs from all PERSILAT member countries, were held in Schoten, near Antwerp.
The PSF UK sent the UK National Team to take part in the 18th Belgian Open Championships in early May. The Championships, open to Pencak Silat clubs from all PERSILAT member countries, took place in Schoten, near Antwerp, on 4 & 5 May.