Pencak Silat Federation of Americas is the official representative of PERSILAT (International Pencak Silat Federation). In 2018, PERSILAT directed all its affiliate Pencak Silat Federations in the countries of the Americas to form a regional Pencak Silat umbrella in the Americas to promote the sport and art as well as organize events and tournaments on behalf of PERSILAT.
Board of Directors
President, United States Sport Silat Association
President, Suriname Pencak Silat Federation
President, Canada Pencak Silat Federation
President, Brazilian Pencak Silat Federation
President, Chile Pencak Silat Federation
Current PERSILAT Recognized Member Countries
USA - Canada - Suriname - Brazil - Chile
Pencak Silat, Sport Silat and the World
Pencak Silat is an umbrella term referring to a diverse number of martial arts hailing from a large swath of Southeast Asia known in antiquity as Nusantara, which includes modern day Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and more. In the traditional sense Pencak Silat arts are complete fighting systems incorporating strikes, kicks, grappling, throwing and weapons. Known for dynamic, fluid motion, Pencak Silat has come to be recognized as one of the most versatile and simultaneously beautiful martial arts.
The International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT) is the worldwide governing body for Pencak Silat. Their membership spans over 50 countries with athletes, coaches and officials hailing from all parts of the world. They sanction regional and national organizations and organize international competition including The World Championships, SEA Games and Asia Games. They are positioned to be the governing body for Olympic competition.
“A PESILAT* IS A KNIGHT WHO UPHOLDS TRUTH, HONESTY AND JUSTICE AND PROVED IN FACING ANY ORDEAL OR TEMPTATION.
*PESILAT – Silat exponent / silat player — a practitioner of Pencak Sila
Pencak Silat Martial Arts have been practiced for more than 2500 years.
We are very honoured and delighted to see rich tradition recognized as a world heritage. On December 2019, UNESCO was Pencak Silat on the its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.