Australian Pencak Silat Federation

Wirayudha Pencak Silat

" A WARRIOR who lives for WAR "


The literal translation for Wirayudha is Wira means WARRIOR and Yudha means WAR

The philosophy of Wirayudha Pencak Silat means... “A WARRIOR who lives for WAR

What is Wirayudha Pencak Silat?

Wirayudha Pencak Silat is a Traditional Martial Art from the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Wirayudha is the family style of Guru Eka Aris Suhartanto (Aris), with techniques passed down from generation to generation. Wirayudha is a well-rounded and complete traditional martial art with its roots grounded in Indonesian history, warfare and tradition. The Wirayudha style of Pencak Silat has been adapted over many years to include traditional and modern day fighting techniques to suit the ‘real life’ fighting situations of today.

Wirayudha was created to combat aggressive opponents through the use of highly technical applications. Wirayudha teaches speed, agility and adaptability with no set Jurus (like Kata in Karate). Basic techniques are mastered through the art form to improve reflexes and develop muscle memory, before teaching the applications of these techniques.

Wirayudha is highly versatile and adaptable to suit different types of opponents, different battlefields and many different situations. Basic applications can be applied in many different creative variations, with cross-over between each element of the Wirayudha system.

About Guru Eka Aris Suhartanto (Aris)

Guru Eka Aris Suhartanto (Aris) is the founder of Wirayudha Pencak Silat and is based in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Aris has practiced the art of Pencak Silat since 1996 and over the past 20 years, has been exposed to many different styles of Silat. Aris is a School Teacher by day and has his own Wirayudha Pencak Silat School in Yogyakarta, with many dedicated students.

His teachings include the sports element of Pencak Silat for competition, the art form incorporating the application of locking and take-down techniques, weapons training and self-defence for women. His teachings also include the spiritual aspect and pursuit for a higher level of consciousness.

Aris regularly acts as a Consultant for some of the Indonesian Special Forces, Armed Forces and Police and has close ties with many international industry bodies for Pencak Silat.

Wirayudha Pencak Silat starts with learning the basic movements using empty hand, with the same movement then applied to the use of and defence against weapons such as knife, kerambit, golok, celurit, tongkat and the use of many different weapons in our environment.

About Lee Edmondson

Lee Edmondson is the Apprentice of Guru Eka Aris Suhartanto (Aris) and is based in the Gold Coast QLD. Lee is the only Australian representative of Wirayudha who can grade under the Wirayudha system. Lee is an Orange Belt in Wirayudha Pencak Silat under the direction of Guru Aris and can grade up to this level.

Lee is also a Black Belt in Muay Thai, a 15+ year martial arts practitioner and taught Wirayudha Pencak Silat at IGOR MMA in Bondi Junction, Sydney Australia for over 2 years before relocating to the Gold Coast QLD. Lee has been trained in Australia and Asia, including Indonesia and Thailand.

Lee represented Australia in the 17th Pencak Silat World Championships, from 2-9 December 2016 in Bali, Indonesia. For 3 years in concession, Lee received a Silver Medal in Tanding (Fighting) in the under 65kg division at the Australian Pencak Silat Federation (APSF) Australian National Titles and was a Dual Medal Winner in 2016, after receiving a Bronze Medal for Individual Art Form including weaponry. Lee has had various fight successes in Australia and Indonesia and regularly competes at an international and national level.

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