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The founder of Persatuan Gerak Badan, the late Suhu Subur Rahardja chose the White Crane as the symbol of the school because the crane is a social animal which represents balance and grace, and only fights in self defense. The Symbol of Bangau Putih is a White Crane on a blue background within around which is a red Circle separated from the blue by a yellow circle. The red has writing in blue: Persatuan Gerak Badan at the outside are two yellow circles. within the red there are two small circles, one on the left and one on the right.

GSThe Style

Although called Bangau Putih - White Crane, and the Symbol of the school shows this animal, the Style (Martial Arts) has different animal forms such as Macan (Tiger), Monyet (Monkey), Naga (Dragon), Ular (Snake), Bangau (Crane), Kerbau (Water Buffalo), Macan Tutul (Leopard), among others and non-animal forms such as Bambu (Bamboo), Angin (Wind), and Lo Han. There are also several weapons forms such as Pedang (saber), double edged sword, staff, sticks, and knives to name just a few.
Movements can be very hard fighting techniques on one hand which can include difficult acrobatic skills, or less muscular movements of the sort associated with internal systems, movements in the women's system, and energy development techniques.

Movements fall under the following general categories:

• Short Movements – Stances with punches and blocks and kicking, jumping, rolling, and falling. All of our training takes place on a wooden floor, without mats. This inspires students to perfect their technique!
• Long Movements – There are many, many Long Movements in the animal styles. They are choreographed combinations of Short Movements, with a focus on flow and the character of the animal. If the Short Movements are the notes, or the scales, the Long Movements are the melody.
• Partner Exercises – One-on-one repetition of drills. Though some are martial, like punching and blocking, others are quite the opposite and are very gentle, soothing harmonious exercises that will sooner produce a smile than a bruise. All partner exercises are focused on the development of feeling – feeling the movement and intention of one’s partner, as well as oneself.
trisno• Tui Cu (tui cu) – (controlled sparring) During Tui Cu students have the opportunity to test the martial applications of the short movements they've been practicing while trying to move in a "Silat" way. This is like improvising combinations of Short Movements with a partner; think of it as a dialogue in movement.
• Self Defense – White Crane Silat is Kung Fu, and it does take some time to become proficient. It is a great system but it must be said that to be able to fight well with Kung Fu requires many things. Among them are prodigious focus and years of dedicated practice. That being said, the greatest attributes of self defense I have learned from Silat are timing, awareness, and self confidence.
• The Harmony or Health Movements – Health movements are practiced with a focus on sensitivity and suppleness, as well as breath. When practiced correctly, they offer a wonderful feeling of vitality. There are some Health Movements which are done with a partner, but most of them are done by oneself. Generally one should expect to put in a few good years of dedicated workouts before they are given any movements from the Health System.

janeWhat makes this art interesting and almost unique is that it is a "complete" martial art with most aspects of the martial tradition within the style. Thus some people may practice soft meditative movements, while others are practicing hard ground techniques. Our practice of throwing each other onto hard surfaces instead of mats leads to the ability to resist shock and withstand impact. This is perhaps the least attractive aspect of the style, but the one most likely to be used. With luck most people do not get into fights, but accidents that lead to a bad fall are quite common. For people well trained in White Crane Silat, falling is not as likely to cause an injury. We do it every day.

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