"Penjak Silat Serak is ingenious. It is incredibly sophisticated. The whole system is based on maximum destructive output with minimum effort. A lot of systems are built around power or speed. Serak is all finesse. It's all physics and knowledge of anatomy, and how energy is directed. It doesn't take strength or even speed, and it is practically unbeatable. The hand traps are at least the equal of Wing Chun Kung Fu, and the footwork and body angling far surpass anything I've ever been exposed to. Serak is a martial artist's dream system."
This is not Hollywood martial arts. Serak is not a sport art, or for show. It is a process of enhancing your stability and balance, while disrupting your opponents structure. Serak's reaction is to INSTANTLY AFFECT THE BALANCE. Once they are offset, a variety of strikes or dislocations can be employed to counter the threat. A drunken fool can be misdirected or controlled, while a knife-wielding assailant may deserve a deadly response. Serak teaches the range of response from subtle to lethal.
Also Serak is renown for having THE MOST SOPHISTICATED FOOTWORK IN THE WORLD. Our PANTJAR floor grid training platform, allows detailed study of positions and stepping found nowhere else. With this tool, you become more highly aware of range, reach, and position, while learning steps that enhance your power via your BASE.
Many systems have weapons practice, but mostly their weapons movements are separate from their empty hand practice. In Serak, the weapons including, knife, stick, staff, sword, kerambit - and many more - all relate to the 18 base structures. How the founder refined all these motions into a coherent system is mind-boggling.
Michael Marcello5 star rating
“Having been in over a thousand street fights as an adult, I can honestly tell you,that even at the beginning level, these are some of the most powerful entering techniques I've ever seen.”
“Having been in over a thousand street fights as an adult, I can honestly tell you,that even at the beginning level, these are some of the most powerful entering techniques I've ever seen.”→Read Less
Aaron Smith5 star rating
“Your teaching is excellent ”
“Your teaching is excellent ”→Read Less
Jamiah Griggs5 star rating
“I think it is the most detailed, and easy to follow course covering VDT Serak. This is a highly destructive, elusive and mystical martial art that can be very hard to learn. There are so many advanced concepts, hidden internal motions and struct...”→Read More
“I think it is the most detailed, and easy to follow course covering VDT Serak. This is a highly destructive, elusive and mystical martial art that can be very hard to learn. There are so many advanced concepts, hidden internal motions and structures that are not easy to pickup. Guru West Bolz has done a fantastic job making these movements and concepts simple for the average martial artist. This art is so different than others and can be very difficult to learn. But Guru Bolz has a unique talent of making the art accessible and easy to learn. We owe him a tremendous debt for his dedication to teaching and breaking this art down into smaller pieces we can follow and learn easily. Many teachers are more interested in showing you their skill. Guru West is solely focused on what YOU the student can get from the training. Selamat Hormat Guru West and thank you from all your students worldwide! ”→Read Less
Stan walker5 star rating
“Very Cool”→Read Less
Rhonda Keller5 star rating
“5 stars. ”
“5 stars. ”→Read Less
Patrick Toohey5 star rating
“I really love this course. This is my first attempt to study Serak (but not Silat) and I feel very comfortable with both the presentation and the material itself. Sure, this is going to take a long time to learn but so is every other complex marti...”→Read More
“I really love this course. This is my first attempt to study Serak (but not Silat) and I feel very comfortable with both the presentation and the material itself. Sure, this is going to take a long time to learn but so is every other complex martial art with their own host of subtle nuances, interpretations and applications. I enjoy Guru Bolz's teaching style. He seems like a laid back, down to earth person that really loves his art and his teacher. No hyperbole, no BS, just Serak. I feel very lucky to even be able to take this course and for $25.00 a month it's an awesome deal. Thanks Guru Bolz, I look forward to meeting you in the future some day. ”→Read Less
chad W5 star rating
“Guru West is an excellent teacher, very detailed & when asking questions hes very prompt, ive only done the 1st week & moving forward, i also like that he sends reminders to push you as well. Thank you ”
“Guru West is an excellent teacher, very detailed & when asking questions hes very prompt, ive only done the 1st week & moving forward, i also like that he sends reminders to push you as well. Thank you ”→Read Less
Steve Gresham5 star rating
“Anyone who wants to know what this is and learn, this is the place to be. Steve Gresham”
“Anyone who wants to know what this is and learn, this is the place to be. Steve Gresham”→Read Less
Robert Lewis5 star rating
“I enjoyed reading of the history and "family" associated with this style. There is much to be learned and re-learned and I look forward to the next chapter. Thank-you Mas West. ”
“I enjoyed reading of the history and "family" associated with this style. There is much to be learned and re-learned and I look forward to the next chapter. Thank-you Mas West. ”→Read Less
Three generations ago, the Indonesian masters of this art entrusted their knowledge to a family of Dutch-Indos. The youngest of these was Pendekar Victor Ivan Charles de Thouars (1941-2017). "Pak Vic," as he was known, spent 70 years of his life learning, mastering, archiving and passing on this elusive system to a select few. Pak Vic came to the USA in 1960, served as a Recon Marine in Vietnam, and was a mechanical engineer by trade. He was tough and ornery, but had a kind heart and a sly sense of humor. Although he could strike with thunderous power, he taught with a gentle touch, as he knew that the Serak structures could cause severe damage without restraint.
Although Pak Vic taught thousands of people throughout his life, in the end he only trusted a few people to continue his teachings. Among those is Guru Karl Westin 'West' Bolz. Guru West met Pak Vic in 1999 after learning various other styles of martial arts. Upon his exposure to the art of Serak, Guru West dropped all his other training to focus on this hidden treasure. He was awarded the title of Guru Mudah from Pak Vic in 2010, and continues studying the art under the lineage holder of Serak, Maha Guru Horacio Rodriguez.
Only a handful of teachers, or Gurus, of this secret art teach publicly. Your chances of finding a Serak teacher near you are virtually zero. Guru West was tasked by Pak Vic to spread the art of Serak worldwide. Now with the tools of the Internet, you can learn the foundations of this awesome combat system wherever you are. We have members all over the world who are learning Serak step by step through SILAT CLUB. In fact, many times there is another member close enough for you to train with.
Is it easy to learn a martial art online? NO. Can it be done? YES. Can YOU do it? You are the only one who determines that. Truthfully, Serak is a study for a person who is 1 in a million. (Are you 1 in a million?) It takes focus, determination, persistence and patience to learn the movements and assimilate them into your muscle memory.
Silat Club is an online library of Serak teachings. It contains OVER 219 LESSONS that teach the base curriculum of the Serak system. This is step by step through the foundational structures of the system including empty hand Sambuts (battle techniques), Buwangs (control techniques), Jurus (motion studies), Tongkat Matjan (short stick), Pisau (blade), Tongkat Pantjang (staff), Langka (footwork) and much more. The Belajar (study) lessons explore more deeply the motions and their applications. Overview pages give insight into the techniques and concepts.
Silat Club is a subscription membership. Each week unlocks more of the secret library for you. Serak is an elite martial art like no other. People pay thousands of dollars to learn this information. This material is not available anywhere else. For a modest tuition of $49.95 per month you can start your journey into the mystery of Serak.
As soon as you sign up, you will have access to your first block of lessons. Each week a new chapter will open for you to study. We have paced Silat Club so you don't receive so much information at once that you get lost. Each week you will want to follow the motions and repeat them until they are in your muscle memory.
What is Muscle Memory?
Great athletes break down movements of their sport into small pieces. It may be the way the foot pivots, the angle the shoulder is positioned, or the lowering of height to compress the body. When this micromovement is practiced and studied many times, the muscles of the body learn the position and can repeat it without the brain needing to direct it there. Remember when you learned to tie your shoes? It was really hard! Now you can do it without looking in a few seconds. In Serak the motions are meant to be rehearsed so that the body will stay in balance and know where to go afterward. Every combat encounter is different, but your body will hit various position points which are familiar.
This course and my teaching is all in honor of my Guru and my friend, Pak Vic. He passed away in 2017 shortly before his 77th birthday. The "Last of the Butterflies."
"Look what you have in your hand; be careful not to lose what it contains. Hold on with great care, close your hand for it can slip like sand, and be lost to the wind." (1960)
"Pak Vic", Pendekar Victor Ivan de Thouars (1941-2017) Rest In Peace