Culture | Friday, May 13th, 2016 | sundanesecorner.org
Gending Raspuzi (51) has just returned from a short trip to Europe. To a handful of friends gathering at my office in Bandung’s Pasundan University campus this afternoon, he shared his experience in promoting Sundanese martial arts, which we call penca, to global community.
A martial arts guru that leads a Bandung-based Garis Paksi Community, he visited some European cities from 2 to 24 April this year, invited by his friends, including his former disciples. He went to France’s city of Vernes, Spain’s cities of Las Palmas and Grand Canary, Ireland’s city of Dublin, and Germany’s city of Hannover. There he had workshops on Sundanese martial arts.
To his Europeans audiences, he shared knowledges and skills of, among other things, penca schools of Cimandé, Ulin Makao, Ulin Sera, Garis Paksi’s method in teaching this martial arts.
Gending learns Sundanese penca since 1976 when he was 11 years old to 1981. He first learned the art from a guru named Pak Saléh of the Panglipur in West Java’s city of Bandung, and he enhanced his skill form more than 40 other gurus. He first teached this martial arts in 1982.
At the secretariat of Pasundan’s Lembaga Budaya Sunda (Institute for Sundanese Culture) every Monday evening Gending and his assistants teach Ulin Sera to some disciples, including myself.***