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Perisai Diri

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Perisai Diri (PD) is a popular Central Javan style which name means "self-shield." Founded in 1955, it currently forms the basis for the self-defense training taught to most Indonesian military personnel. It synthesizes various Silat styles but does not incorporate maneuvers from any other fighting systems.

P.D. techniques are mainly linear and usually do not involve the sempok and depok stances used in many other substyles. Many of its movements derive from animals, including the swallow, eagle, tiger, otter, horse, dragon, and crane. Some movements are named after human archetypes, such as the patriot, priest, and princess maneuvers. Attacks are directed at an inverted triangular area with its apex at the enemys groin.
Perisai Diri uniforms consist of short-legged pants and lapelless jackets with sleeves ending above the wrist. Students wear black uniforms, their pandekars wear white.



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