PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara – Pukulan Bukti Negara – Bukti Negara PDT Academy – Pendekar Paul de Thouars Pukulan Bukti Negara – Etc. Etc. Etc.
All these names create confusion worldwide. People who are interested in the art don’t know the difference anymore. The official name of the art, which is recognized and signed for by the late creator Pendekar Paul de Thouars with the uncles Dolf and Harry James de Vries, is PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara (BN). Together with its official curriculum, which was created to pass on the knowledge of both lineages from uncle John and uncle Ernest de Vries coming from the mother art Serak.
BN was created in 1985 by uncle Paul de Thouars out of the mother art Serak.
Why did he create this system? The answer is simple: As insiders know the art of Serak was intended to be a non-commercial art, taught to friends and family in a closed-door environment. With the creation of BN uncle Paul could teach his understanding of the mother art in a different form without breaking his promise to the elders of Serak and his teacher and uncle, the late John de Vries.
The official name of the art was Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara and its Academy was the PDT Academy. As shown in a screenshot of the website in 2001 and its official logo:
The addition of “Pukulan” wasn’t there at that time and is probably added after uncle Paul, with some of his students, visited the Netherlands and his cousins de Vries in the early 90ties of the last century.
To lead the PDT Academy of Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara uncle Paul de Thouars appointed his Board of Directors of Serak to lead the BN organization. As time passed most of these members stopped and were replaced by new Board Members. Danny Huybrechts was the Head Instructor and lineage holder of Bukti Negara until late 2009.
The Connection, January 2010
Walter van den Broeke was always curious about the differences between the teaching of uncle Paul and the de Vries family. Internet helped a lot and contacts where made. When he met uncle Paul in January 2010 he showed him his version of Serak. In Holland he always heard about the two versions of Serak: The Permainan and Pukulan. With uncle Paul’s info about his Permainan Walter could now understand the de Vries family better and even the training a long time ago with Pak W.L. Flohr became clearer.
From Serak to Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara (BN)
After 4 or 5 visits to Los Angeles uncle Paul asked Walter to help him promote BN. However, there were two problems. The first one was that according to uncle Paul no one wanted to learn BN anymore in the States. Because people could train the mother art in all its variations from several ex- students of uncle Paul. The second problem was that Walter couldn’t train or teach BN in its old form because it was too far of from the things he’d learned over the many years from H.J. van den Broek, Pak W.L. Flohr and the uncles de Vries. Since his direct teachers at that time (the uncles de Vries) lived in Holland, Walter asked uncle Paul to come to Holland and have a meeting with the uncles de Vries, which was done in the summer of 2011. In this meeting old issues were settled and new agreements were made to combine some of the Pukulan information of uncle Dolf into BN. These agreements were written down and signed by the uncles Dolf and Harry James de Vries and uncle Paul de Thouars. It took another 8 months to finish the new combined BN curriculum. Which uncle Paul de Thouars officially signed with Vahid Aminian as the head of America and Walter as the European Head and Technical Advisor to Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara & Serak, PDT Academy. Appointed and certificated by Pendekar Paul de Thouars himself .
Official assignment by Pendekar Paul de Thouars, Vahid Aminian, head American Branch and Walter van den Broeke as Technical Advisor and head European Branch.
Uncle Dolf de Vries passed away in September 2011 , uncle Harry James de Vries in June 2013 and unexpectedly uncle Paul de Thouars in September 2013. The organization was being built and, as promised to the uncles, we as organization hold up to those promises and teach BN in the form they signed for.
The new Board of Serak
As in the beginning of BN uncle Paul appointed a Board of Serak to lead the newly formed Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara organization. All Board Members were trained in Serak.
This is the last official curriculum signed by uncle Paul. The curriculum date is 28-01-2012, while the official assignment was in September 2012 in Burbank Ca USA.
This curriculum brings in parts of uncle Dolf’s Pukulan.
After uncle Dolf’s passing the task to fill in some of these parts has been taken over by uncle Jelle Dezentje, one of uncle Dolf’s most senior students and lineage holder of his art. No other variation than Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara (Europe) under the leadership of Walter van den Broeke honors the last wishes of uncle Paul and uncle Dolf and UNIFIES the two lineages.
American and European Branch.
As we all can see in the last signed curriculum there is an American and European Branch. Vahid Aminian and Walter van den Broeke where appointed to lead BN on their continents. Where, as the Technical Advisor, Walter overlooks the both continents to uphold the quality and technical aspects. As shown in the official signed curriculum, no other then Walter was appointed by uncle Paul as European Head of BN and Technical Advisor PDT Academy.
The separation of Europe and USA
Without going over details and politics, the total separation between the both branches happened early 2016. Since non of the other variations of Bukti Negara have the full information of uncle Dolf’s lineage, PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara Europe is unique. It is the only Unified Art. Other variations changed the official curriculum to close the gap – changed Jurus, drills, logo’s and names and some even added tools- and in that way made the system fall apart. But no board member in Serak or BN can change the last will and signed documents of the late pendekar Paul de Thouars, nor the signed agreements between him and the late uncles de Vries.
PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara-The Unified Art honors the last wishes of the uncles.
Unfortunately we as PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara Europe can’t put a hold to the ongoing changes of the curriculum and system. What we can do and what we will do is uphold the wishes of the late uncles to UNIFY the both lineages. Led by Walter van den Broeke, Board Member & Technical Advisor Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara & Serak, Head European Branch & PDT Academy. Directly appointed and certified by the late Pendekar Paul de Thouars, we will guard, uphold and teach
PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara – THE UNIFIED ART
On behalf of all unified group leaders,
Angelique de Bruin
Coordinator Management and Communication
PDT Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara – The Unified Art