New regulations for pencak silat

Fadhil Yunus

Pencak silat will witness an overhaul with certain revisions in regulations to be implemented following a series of meetings involving a senior official from the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this year.

PERSIB Vice President Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan said he was part of the team involved in the drafting of a book for new regulations in Jakarta during a dialogue session with the association’s committee members at the Lecture Theatre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

The vice president attended the meeting for three consecutive months from January to March to draft new regulations for pencak silat, adding that the previous regulations have been discontinued.

He also shared plans of sending a delegation to participate in the world championship in Kuching, Malaysia.

The tournament was originally scheduled for July but it was deferred to December due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the tournament is also expected to move to March next year.

Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) Vice President Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan speaks during the meeting. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

He shared future plans to organise a workshop for Brunei pencak silat teaching bodies on the format of the tournament which included tanding requiring expertise, and skills.

The vice president said that he and Haji Rahman were tasked to formulate a draft on the amended regulations adding that they will bring several jury referees to Jakarta if conditions allow.

Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim said that one unique feature involves jury and referees using CCTV footage to view a performance.

“If there is a case, however minor, then the incident will be referred to TV footage,” he added.

As part of the amendments in regulations, artistic matches will be contested on a one-on-one basis in future competitions as opposed to the previous competition format.

“If Pool A comprises eight people, then it will be contested between the first and second player.

“And then the third player will compete against the fourth and so on,” said Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim.

Current traditional methods of pencak silat can be blended with current martial arts practices with the possibility of including judo techniques. The country planned to strengthen the competency of referees and coaches by holding seminars and having them attend international programmes.