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Cimande Silat, Ancient and Modern

The styles of Pencak Silat I am learning are modern styles based mainly on an old style called CIMANDE. Cimande is the name of a village, a river and a style of Pencak Silat in West Java. Cimande has simple jurus and applications. The Cimande style is found in three different villages Cimande Tarik Kolot, Cimande Tengah and Cimande Girang. Tanah Sareal is the area where Embah Kahir , the founder, is buried. Embah is a title that comes from Abah which means grandfather. Eyang or Mama are also titles with the same meaning. The founder is referred to by one of these titles, which title depends on the origin of the person speaking his name. Each of the following terms is correct: Abah Kahir, Embah Kahir, Eyang Kahir or Mama Kahir.


Cimande has a reputation throughout Indonesia for healing bones. They use a special oil called "balur" for the purpose of healing the bones. Balur is often used after training to heal injuries incurred to the bones of the forearms. Cimande is highly respected for both it's bone healing and it's Pencak Silat. Often the names of the founders of this oil are recited and a mantra to invoke the healing energy

This style of Pencak Silat is one of the most famous in Indonesia, and , is also one of the oldest. Many of the more modern styles of Pencak Silat have historically drawn their inspiration from Cimande or have incorporated its techniques to some degree. The influence of Cimande is clearly recognized in many pencak silat styles in Java, especially west java.

This playlist shows some video clips from different schools of Silat Cimande, some old, and some new. I hope you enjoy them!
The styles of Pencak Silat I am learning are modern styles based mainly on an old style called CIMANDE. Cimande is the name of a village, a river and a style of Pencak Silat in West Java. Cimande has simple jurus and applications. The Cimande st...
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