Founders of IPSF/PSUSA

Dr Andre Knust Graichen 
Creator and Founder IPSF/PSUSA

 Dr Andre Knust Graichen

Guru Besar Hans Knust Graichen

co-founder IPSF/PSUSA (honorable mention)


   INTERNATIONAL PENCAK SILAT FEDERATION  TM



  Pentjak Silat USA was established in the United States of America in 1990 for the purpose of unifying and preserving the system, fundamentals as well as the various expressions of the Indonesian martial art and incorporated as a non profit corporation (501)(3c) in the state of California in 1993. We welcome you to our Federation and assure you we will do everything we can to provide you with an in-depth education in Pentjak Silat. A system that is considered by many to be a cultural treasure house for the martial artist. It is our hope that you commit yourself to this study and complete the entire course. Understanding what is taught is the focus of our training. We will endeavor to assist you in any way we can, but you must realize that you, are ultimately responsible for yourself. We look forward to a great and rewarding relationship and are excited you have placed your trust in us.


Mission Statement


 Pentjak Silat USA we are a Judeo-Christian  program developed to give the practitioner of Pentjak Silat the core of Silat concepts, theories, principles, training methods and applications. It looks at what is at the heart of the fundamentals of Pentjak Silat and presents that to the practitioner. This allows each practitioner to integrate their own body awareness and movement to the circumstances presented without employing a specific style of movement. We are not a new system or style, rather we present a basic platform from which many of the Silat styles operate.
We have at our core a cross section of styles, each one also a cross section or composite of other styles and so on. The advantage to this kind of curriculum is that there are no restrictions to one method, therefore leaving room for exploration.