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About Our Unified Silat Style

Our art began with a man from West Java Indonesia nicknamed Pak Serak.  Ha had a famous student named Mas (Mr.) Djut, who worked for a railroad in Bandung, West Java.  Mas Djut taught a Dutch-Indonesian named John deVries.  Mr. deVries came to the Netherlands after the Indonesian independence in the early 1950's with his brother Ventje deVries and taught his nephew Mr. Paul deThouars for several years until Mr. deThouars came to the U.S. in 1960.  


Mr. Ventje deVries also taught his son Dolf deVries and his other sons.  From the 1950's until the present  the deVries brothers and sons have taught and trained many in the art of Pukulan Pak Serak.  Tradition held that Serak was never to be taught commercially, and so when Mr. Paul deThouars decided to teach more broadly in the 1980's he created his art of Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara, which derives from the parent art that he learned from his uncle John.  


In 2011 after reconnecting with his cousins deVries in the Netherlands he and Mr. Dolf deVries - who in 2011 were the two most senior practitioners of Pukulan Pak Serak in the western hemisphere - directed a senior student Walter van den Broeke to re-unify the art from the uncles John and Ventje styles for sharing publically.  Under their guidance and continuing under the name PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara the unified curriculum was created, and this is what we practice at Santa Cruz Silat.


Much more detail about our art's history can be found on the European website HERE