Founders of  the :
International Pencak Silat Federation
Pentjak Silat USA

             The Late
Dr. Andre Knust Graichen

Creator and Founder IPSF/PSUSA

Dr. Andre Knust Graichens titles and ranks bestowed by his teachers:

  • Guru from Bapak Guru Besar from Rudy ter Linden (Pentjak Silat) (Oom Rudy) – 1967-1990

  • Guru (Black Belt) in Pentjak ADE – 1975

  • Pendita Guru Tua (Awarded full Guru in all Rudy ter Linden systems) – 1990

  • Guru from Bapak Guru Besar from Maurice deThouars ( Pentjak Silat Serak) (Oom Maurice) – 1999-2012

  • Guru in Pentjak Silat Pukulan Pak Serak – 1999

  • Title of Heir an Succesor to Pentjak Silat Pukulan Pak Serak from Maurice deThouras – 2004

  • Trained with Guro Ron Hellman  in  Largusa Villabrille Kail System    (Kali) – 1978-1989

  • Guro Pangulo (Chief instructor) Largusa Villabrille Kail System awarded by   Guro Benjamin T. Largusa – 1989

  • Title of Sigung from (Uncle Bill) Willem deThouars (Kun Tao Silat) – 1990-2012

  • Sigung/Guru in Kun Lun Pai Kun Tao from (Uncle Bill) Willem deThouras – 1990

  • Sigung/Guru Dalam – (Teacher of Soft style) Kun Lun Pai Kun Tao silat – 1996

  • Title of Guru from Bapak Guru Besar James Ingram (Mustika KweeTang) – 1990-2000

  • Teacher from Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche (Tibetan Tsa Lung Tai-chi)

With recognitions from:

  • Sir Donald Kessing (Pencak Silat Manyang) 7th Degree Black Sash – 1999-2012

  • Adolf DeVries (Pukulan Serak) 7th Degree Black Sash – 1999-2012

Guru Besar Hans Knust Graichen

co-founder IPSF/PSUSA 

  Ter Linden Style -
 As taught by Bapak Guru Besar Rudy Ter Linden

  * Pentjak Silat USA-
 As taught by Guru Besar Andre Knust Graichen 

  * Pentjak Silat Pukulan Pak Sera(h,k)-

 As taught by  BGB Maurice de  Thouars 

  * Pukulan Sera(h,k)

As taught by Bapak Guru Besar  Dolf de Vries

  * Babao Arnis-

 As taugh by Grand Master Narrie Babao 

* Villabrille-Largusa Kali-

 As taught by Guro Ben T Largusa

 * Marksmanship shooting and combat Hand Gun Training- as taught by Ben Rosen, Green Beret Special Operations Tactics and         

  .......Firerarms expert.Certified by  GUNFIGHTERS Ltd. Instructor founder  Louis M. Chiodo


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.