USA Pencak Silat National Championships 2019

Loveland, Colorado, USA * July 13-14, 2019

The USA Pencak Silat National Championships will be in Loveland, Colorado at the First National Bank Exhibition Hall, Saturday / Sunday July 13-14, 2019. This is the first PERSILAT sanctioned of its kind in the United States, and it will double as tryouts for the USA National Pencak Silat Team.

Competition will include both Senior (adult) and Junior divisions for tanding (sparring), jurus tunggal (solo forms performance), jurus ganda (choreographed pairs form). Entrants are limited to the first 150.

Full event details at:


“This is an historical event for Pencak Silat development.

Thank you USSSA!”

Benny G. Sumarsono
Executive Chairman
International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT)
Left: Jacob Richter, President, USSSA
Right: Benny G. Sumarsono, Executive Chairman, PERSILAT


Joining the United States Sport Silat Association (USSSA) not only helps to support the organization it goes to growing the sport, supporting athletes, and facilitating competitions at the local, regional and national level.

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Taking a seat at the big PERSILAT table

Official PERSILAT membership announcement

Last month (January 2019), the United States Sport Silat Association (USSSA) was officially recognized by the world governing body for Silat, the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT) based in Jakarta, Indonesia.


This makes the USSSA the only national body in the United States sanctioned by PERSILAT.

This gives us the authority to bring the USA Pencak Silat National Team to international competitions like the World Pencak Silat Championships, the Belgian Open, the Singapore Open and more.

At the same time this enables us to host first-class, PERSILAT sanctioned events here in the United States.

This opens up a wealth of global Pencak Silat knowledge and experience and strengthens bonds between the United States and the rest of the world. We are now in good company with 52 other member countries.

Most importantly this gives us the charter to showcase the uniqueness and diversity of Pencak Silat in America on a world stage.

Making it official: USSSA on the world and national stage

Just a sample of the richness and diversity of Pencak Silat in the USA

This past weekend was an historic event for Pencak Silat in the United States.  Our Roadshow to the Olympics was the first truly inclusive gathering of the diverse number of Pencak Silat styles in America.  This summit brought together silat players from over 12 different styles and 10 different states spread across all regions of America.  With approximately 30 pencak silat players in attendance, the atmosphere was abuzz with this newfound spirit of unity.

USSSA President Jacob Richter accepting an award of appreciation from PERSILAT Executive Chairman Benny G. Sumarsono

As part of the showcase, we were honored and blessed to host PERSILAT Executive Chairman, Benny G. Sumarsono.  He made the long trek from Indonesia (through multiple flight delays no less) to attend this gathering and to offer his expertise and leadership.  In addition to providing training on the specifics of pencak silat events — helping to lay the foundation for development of future athletes, coaches and officials.  Our event culminated with Pak Benny’s speech at our celebratory banquet.  He advised the audience that our success hinges on coming together under one umbrella and expressed support for USSSA, its mission of sharing Pencak Silat with the United States and its goal of serving as the governing body for Pencak Silat sports competition in the United States.

Pak Benny G. Sumarsono demonstrates a guntingan takedown as allowed in the  Professional Pencak Silat Federation rules.

Selection of State Coordinators

Also as part of this meeting we selected coordinators for the states in attendance.  The list below enumerates our current representatives.  More details will come soon on the website.  These people have graciously stepped forward to oversee development of Pencak Silat sports in their states and will be organizing state and regional competitions as part of the Road to the Olympics.  We will publish more details for about how to communicate with them in the near future.  In the mean time, thank you coordinators for your commitment.

State Coordinator Style / Affiliation
California Yusuf Kurniawan Perisai Diri
Colorado Edward Alexander Inti Ombak Pencak Silat
Florida Chester Melonius Pencak Silat Manyang
Georgia Kireeti Sangadala Premiere Martial Arts
Pencak Silat Tenaga Tiga
Hawaii (Big Island) Bahati Mershant Pencak Silat Tenaga Tiga
Hawaii (Oahu) Leo Sues Pencak Silat Mande Muda
Illinois Dr. Sheik Shamsuddin Silat Seni Gayong
Maryland Dr. Scott Sobel Silat Serak
Massachusetts May William Baringin Sakti Pencak Silat
Missouri Jeff Sprawls Maju Bela Diri Pencak Silat
New Hampshire Ismail Sujadi Pencak Silat Galih Pasundan
New York Benny Rahardja PGB Bangau Putih
Texas K.R. Doc Dority Pencak Silat Mande Muda
Utah Nate Zeleznick Merpati Putih
Vermont Mark Zizis Inti Ombak Pencak Silat
Virginia Chris Robinson Silat Satria

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Full Contact Fighting – PPSF Ruleset

Full contact matches utilizing the intent, footwork and motion of pencak silat. Bouts following the PPSF ruleset, allow for kicks and strikes, submissions and throws.


  • Standard MMA gloves

Rules of Engagement

  • Motion must employ silat kaedah (intent, awareness) and langkah (footwork).
  • Punches and kicks allowed on any part of body except:
    • No open hand slaps on the ear
    • No punches to the throat
    • No kicks and punches to the groin
    • No poke on any whole to the body and eyes
    • No kicks to the knee from front or side; knee can be kicked from behind.
    • No hook sweeps
    • No small joint breaking techniques on the fingers and toes
    • No elbows on the ground
    • No knee to the head when opponent is on the ground
    • No biting
    • No throwing opponent head first into the ground
    • No head butting
    • No use of the chin press while on the ground
    • No clawing/scratching
    • No hair pulling
  • After a throw, any kind of locking techniques can be applied until stopped by referee
  • When opponent is on the ground, a maximum of 4 punches is allowed or until stopped by referee
  • No trash talking/insulting one’s opponent
  • No use of any kind of oil to make the body slippery . (Save that for the Turks)