The Indonesian Pencak Silat Federation, Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia (IPSI) was founded on 18th May 1948 in Solo, Java following a proposal by Mr. Wongsonegoro supported by Pencak Silat pioneers from other training centres in Java and Sumatera.
The main target of the organisation is to unite all Indonesian Pencak Silat organisations and practitioners under one flag. The aim is to develop the following aspects of Pencak Silat in Indonesia:
- Self-defense ('Bela-diri')
- Artistic ('Seni')
- Sport ('Olahraga')
- Mental and spiritual ('Mental spiritual')
Because of the wide variation between the different aspects of the various different styles of Pencak Silat, the sport form ('olahraga') has been nominated as the common aspect for the unification of all different styles of Pencak Silat. By the development of a common set of regulations IPSI successfully united all participating Indonesian Pencak Silat styles and schools and held the first ever national Pencak Silat competition at the 7th Indonesian National Sport Competition in 1973 in Jakarta.
With the founding of the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT) in 1980 the international development of Pencak Silat accelerated greatly. PERSILAT, with IPSI as the Chairman organisation, has enlarged its activities outside the area of Pencak Silat's native origin and currently has member organisations in over 30 countries around the world.
As Pencak Silat developed worldwide, IPSI and PERSILAT have become the internationally acknowledged source of assistance and information for countries seeking to develop their own national Pencak Silat organisations.
Padepokan Pencak Silat Indonesia
A recent achievement by IPSI, with the invaluable assistance of its generous sponsors, was the design, construction and establishment of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Training Centre ('Padepokan Pencak Silat Indonesia'). Known simply as the 'Padepokan', this training centre was opened in Jakarta on the 20th April 1997 by his excellency Mr. H. Moh. Soeharto, the then President of the Republic of Indonesia and the main patron of IPSI.
The Padepokan is situated within the 'Taman Mini Indonesia Indah' entertainment and exhibition complex in Jakarta, occupying a site generously donated by the then First Lady of Indonesia, Her Excellency the late Mrs. Tien Soeharto. Her support of IPSI and the development of Pencak Silat helped IPSI to realise many of its achievements.