Just to give this forum a bit of a boost i decided to write a small article about Bukti Negara, a system of silat/pukulan that has somewhat different roots than a lot of other silat styles. Firstly Bukti Negara is the name of a system developed by the late Pendekar Paul de Thouars. Roughly translated it means 'evidence of a country' and what he initially meant was that he wanted to honour the heritage of Serak which is an indonesian system. Also he wanted to thank the USA for being the country the family de Thouars moved to when they had to flee from Indonesia after the independence war. It's a name that might confuse people, since a similar name is Bakti Negara that is a Balinese system of Silat. Bukti Negara was developed in the 80's in the L.A. area. So it is a relatively new style. However all of the knowledge comes from it's mother system which is Serak. Serak is a legit traditional indonesian system. Paul de Thouars, being a dutch-indonesian, was not really pure Dutch, neither was he Indonesian. The dutch-indonesian systems of Silat usually are known for practicality, not too flowery. Indonesian Silat usually is much more linked with aspects like spirituality or religion and culture. Aspect like Ilmu Kebatinan often are very important next to the physical aspects. In Bukti Negara, most of these aspects are not emphasised, since the western culture is very different from traditional Indonesian culture. Some aspects like 'Adat and Hormat' are used as terms in America as well but quite often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Through the skill of Dan Inosanto a lot of people got in contact with aspects of Bukti Negara. With that a lot of JKD instructors also got a bit of flavour from that as well. One aspect however that is often overlooked is dat Bukti Negara is an entire system, with Jurus, specific entries, ways of hitting, strategy, distance etc. So in my opinion, if you teach Bukti Negara you teach the system and not some sapu and besot drills combined with JKD boxing or Muay Thai sparring Serak is a traditional indonesian silat style that is practiced in Indonesia, the United States and Holland predominantly. A couple of years ago, guru Paul de Thouars, the head of Bukti Negara and Serak in the USA and guru Dolf de Vries, the head of Pukulan Serak in Holland decided to join forces again and with that decision, some essential changes were made to Bukti Negara with the approval of the elders of the system. Sadly Bukti Negara (and Serak) is a system that fell victim to a lot of politics. A big part is the infighting between the Thouars brothers that all claim official heritage. Paul de Thouars was the main teacher of the system but since his passing in 2013, a lot of persons claim ownership of the system. Luckily Paul de Thouars officially appointed a 'board of directors' to secure the heritage of Bukti Negara. Since 2012 the main practitioners of Bukti Negara again have made great strides to make this unique system more well known to the bigger public. Characteristics of the system: - Close combat system at very short range - Based on principles, not on set techniques - Relatively small curriculum with 8 jurus - Just focus on Bela Diri, No Olah Raga, Seni or Ilmu Kebatinan - Extensive use of body mechanics to generate power and make techniques work - Based on unarmed combat, on later levels use of senjata (weapons) (the opposite of how styles like Escrima work) - Standing and ground work is in the system - Extensive use of langkah for positioning against multiple opponents - A well structured system that is constantly evolving - With roots in indonesian system but modified to western person. Religion is not linked to this style of silat (some styles require you to become muslim). Outfit is modified to modern age, no (pseudo) traditional outfits in training - a system that can be trained commercially, so is not restricted to just train with family and close friends I hope other people can also write something about their own style of silat. This is not meant to do advertizing about the system, but to explain a bit more about it.