Betawi Beksi Silat

Silat Beksi is a typical Betawi martial art that is still preserved today. One of them is the Kampung Silat Petukangan Foundation (YKSP) in Ciledug Raya No. 46, Petukangan Utara, South Jakarta.

This martial art combines strength, speed, accuracy, beauty, and art in paralyzing opponents. Techniques or moves in Beksi Pencak Silat, using more close-range punches.

The term Beksi itself means easel. The original word comes from the Hokkien language, namely "Bhe Si," and was introduced by a Chinese descendant who had long lived in Indonesia named Lie Tjeng Ok Bin Lie Ah Tjin.

This Beksi martial arts first appeared in the mid-18th century or around 1850 and developed in Kampung Dadap, Kosambi, Tangerang. In its development, this silat flow spread to the South Petukangan area, South Jakarta, and the Batujaya, Batuceper, and Tangerang areas.

In Betawi society, a boy must master the Qur'an and silat. There is a saying Betawi children "must be able to practice martial arts and pray." That is, a Betawi man must master religious knowledge and martial arts.

Silat Beksi is now part of the art and culture of the Betawi people, just like lenong, Betawi comedy, mask theatre, and others.

Source: processed from various sources.

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