Cimande Pencak Silat-Serak dari Zenshida'i- or simply Zenshida'i Silat-Serak (ZSS)- is a Chinese-Indonesian pencak silat system rooted in the tradition of William "Willy" Wetzel as transmitted by Gale Shotsinger and revitalized by the martial-religious traditions of China by Joshua van Asakinda. This Wetzel / Shotsinger / van Asakinda transmission has resulted in a hybrid combat system that is at once beautiful, pragmatic, & dangerous. Moreover, it is profoundly spiritual. Zenshida'i Silat-Serak is, after all, a holistic martial-religious tradition; ZSS, therefore, entails a three-fold path: meditation, austerity, & self-mastery- or, chan, kuxing, & zizhangwo.
History of Zenshida'i Silat-Serak
Cimande Pencak Silat-Serak dari Zenshida’i- or Zenshida’i Silat-Serak for short- is a fusion of Indonesian pencak silat and Chinese gongfu, including elements of both major traditions- that is, both neijia and waijia, or from both the Wudang Temple (Wudangquan) and the Shaolin Temple (Shaolinquan)-, not to mention elements of Kali, weapons training, and body mechanics rooted in the psychical and psychological practices common to Mahayana Buddho-Taoism. The Zenshida’i tradition’s martial bloodline includes:
Hui Kem Bon, Willy Wetzel’s Chinese master, who was a master of both Wudanquan and Shaolinquan, who fused them with the pencak silat of Mas Jut in Cimande, near Bandung, Java, Indonesia (Cimande Pencak Silat);
Willy Wetzel (Cimande Pencak Silat);
Gale Shotsinger (Cimande Pencak Silat), Michael Patterson (Xingyiquan), and Brian van Cise (Kali & training in various weapons), as well as Gusman Wiranata (Bakti Negara Pencak Silat), & John Sokolsky (Pentjak Silat Poekoelan Tjimandi Batin);
Joshua van Asakinda (Cimande Pencak Silat-Serak dari Zenshida’i).
This fusion of influences should come as no surprise since Zenshida'i Silat-Serak traces its lineage to Cimande Pencak Silat. And that art has always been referred to as a "broken mirror system"- a term coined by none other than Willy Wetzel. After all, Willy Wetzel's art- or rather, the art he was taught by his Chinese master Hui Kem Bon- included elements from a vast array of martial arts styles, including not only pencak silat, but also judo,gongfu, and chuanfa, not to mention Xingyiquan and Baguachung. Today, Cimande Pencak Silat still retains terminology from these other arts, including, for instance, the term chi sau, a practice that has been common in China for generations in spite of being made famous only relatively recently via Wing Chun and Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.
Incidentally, this previously-mentioned lack of cohesion mixed with the chaotic history of its transmission may have been at least partly at fault for the original art's descent into obscurity- not to mention the untimely murder of its patriarch Willy Wetzel. For this reason, Joshua van Asakinda has reorganized the martial system into three tiers: kuntau, bela diri, & pencak silat-serak. This increases clarity and simplifies the transmission: kuntau pertains generally to formal training; bela diri pertains generally to novel applications of formal training; pencak silat-serak pertains generally to the spontaneous fusion of higher-level applications of combat principles. Zenshida'i Silat-Serak is therefore designed to be both simpler and more systematic than its predecessor Cimande Pencak Silat.