Maha Guru Roedy Wiranatakusumah – Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih
Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih
Silat Sunda Institute
As a native of West Java, Maha Guru Roedy Wiranatakusumah has trained his entire life in the village style of Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih. He learned directly from the Grand Maha Guru Bapak A. Wajihadin (now deceased), training on and around the semi-active volcanoes which are part of the region near Garut.
The name Gadjah Putih translates approximately to “the white elephant” – “gadjah/gajah” means “elephant”; and “putih” means “white”.
The elephant symbolizes a useful or productive creature that handles great loads with strength and responsibility. The color white symbolizes purity.
Pencak silat Gajah Putih Mega Paksi was founded by Bapak H. Djaenudin in 1959. He resigned as chief of the system in 1983. In 1989 Bapak A. Wajihadin assumed direction with a view to revitalize the system. He declared the new name pencak silat Gadjah Putih on September 19, 1991.
The original name Gajah Putih Mega Paksi is still used by various groups.
Grand Maha Guru Bapak A. Wajihadin died in April 2012. His successor has not yet been named. Maha Guru Roedy moved to Vancouver in the early 1990s and resided there until 2002. He taught Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih at the Indonesian Consulate and elsewhere in the area. He has since returned to Indonesia where he continues to train and teach.
More information on the system of pencak silat Gadjah Putih can be found on the maelstrøm site.