A proud news that comes proudly over to our beloved country Indonesia! How come? One of the typical martial arts of the country, Pencak Silat has been recognized by UNESCO and even included in one of the Cultural Heritage by the World Organization.
Pencak Silat has indeed penetrated all corners of the country, because it has existed since long ago. Aside from being a martial art, pencak silat also flows into Indonesian art culture. Naturally, in addition to functioning to increase endurance, pencak silat also represents sports, and of course Self Defense against threats that are around.
Well, the good news, this morning, Friday (12/13), the official Twitter account of UNESCO gave good news, as the martial arts branch of Pencak Silat has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the World Cultural Heritage. Pencak silat is considered to have all the elements that form a cultural heritage without form, or form.
What looks unique from pencak silat, this martial art consists of oral traditions; performing arts, rituals and festivals; traditional crafts; social knowledge and practice as well as local wisdom. Pencak silat was determined as intangible cultural heritage in the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place between 9 and 14 December in Bogota, Colombia.
Indonesian Permanent Delegation representative for UNESCO, Prof. Surya Rosa Putra said that pencak silat is not just a martial art but is a way of life for the perpetrators. Interestingly, Malaysia also registered a martial arts similar to Indonesia with UNESCO, but it is not known whether UNESCO has approved the neighbor’s request or not.
What is clear, the art of Pencak Silat is already known to the world as one of Indonesia’s original martial arts. Some famous martial arts figures such as Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhyan and several others have introduced this martial arts through feature films such as The Raid I and The Raid II. Pencak silat is also often displayed in international shows.