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Pendekars

The following are pendekars in the Black Triangle Silat lineage.

Guru Scott McQuaid

Guru Scott McQuaidTerbang Harimau - The Flying Tiger

Guru Scott McQuaid is a 3rd generation pesilat in the Bela Diri Harimau Pencak Silat system of Maha Guru Richard de-Bordes.

This Irish decedent began his journey in martial arts at the early age of nine. Studying Shotokan Karate gave him an introduction to the combative arts.

As he grew so did his thirst for combat, training in various respected systems such as kickboxing,  Kempo Jiu-jitsu, boxing and Japanese weaponry under the infamous late Soke Robert Lawrence, the founder of the British Fudoshin Association.

In his senior year of high school, himself and close friends began a humble underground boxing society, holding fights in garages and parks.

Guru McQuaid became an exceptional protégé within any martial art style he practised. But it was in 1992 in his home town of Essex, England, where he stumbled onto a newly opened Harimau Pencak Silat school lead by instructor Guru Paul Bennett. Scott McQuaid was Guru Bennett's first and last student. He would later further his studies in Harimau Silat with Guru Besar Randolph Carthy in London before aligning himself with Guru de-Bordes in advance training in Ghana and America. During Guru McQuaid's merantau across Asia and the United States he was fortunate to train under Guro Dan Inosanto for a couple of months in the Filipino system of Kali Silat. Pesilat McQuaid continued his self tuition in reality based combat with long yearly extensive travels around Asia, studying the roots of the Minangkabau Pencak Silat style in Sumatra and blade warfare in Malaysia and the Philippines.

He aided his approach with a bodyguard course and experimental training in door security. In 2004, he moved to Hong Kong and shortly after founded the Black Triangle Silat tribe in 2006 with a small clan of selected students spread across the globe. For the last ten years, he has been researching and deciphering the Minang Senjata Aliran (weapon styles).

In 2009, Guru McQuaid relocated to Malaysia to study blade fighting with Maha Guru Jak Othman in the Javanese style of Harimau Berantai (Chained Tiger) Silat. In 2013, Guru McQuaid was awarded the title of Wira (hero) from the Datuk (clan leader) of this style, Grandmaster Srikandi (lady warrior) Hajah Ramintan Samingon.

This title was given to him for his successful championship victory at the Warisan Mahaguru championship in Perak in 2011. Guru McQuaid continued to develop the weapon system within the harimau style when he travelled to Cebu in the Philippines in 2012. He was accepted as a student in the Balintawak stick fighting system under Guro Nick Elizar. He continues his development with frequent visits back to Cebu.

Guru McQuaid currently resides in Kuala Lumpur teaching and continuing to preserve and evolve the Minangkabau fighting arts under the Black Triangle Silat banner, with extensive travels across South East Asia.

Guru Scott McQuaid :: Guru Scott McQuaid :: Guru Scott McQuaid :: Seminar in Dallas, TX Guru Scott McQuaid and Maha Guru Richard Crabbe-de-Bordes :: Seminar in Dallas, TX

"If it's not real, it won’t work."

Guru Paul Bennett

Guru Paul BennettKabau - The Bull

Guru Paul Bennett is a 2nd generation pesilat in the bela diri, Harimau Pencak Silat system of Maha Guru Richard de-Bordes. He was already an accomplished martial artist before he found Pencak Silat having studied martial arts from the early age of seven. His father worked most evenings and would drop his son Paul at the local Judo school twice a week. This eventually extended to the weekends. As he grew, Pesilat Bennett established himself as an exceptional fighter.

Guru Bennett studied various martial art systems before finding his place in silat--Taikido Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Brazialian Ju-Jitsu, and Kyokushinkai Karate. His search finally reached its pinnacle when he entered into the world of Maha Guru Richard de-Bordes in London Pencak Silat classes in 1988.

Guru Bennett opened his own school in Essex in 1992 and continued to spread the message of the Indonesian fighting Silat style to the next generation. Amongst the many students that passed through his 'hard-knocks' school was pesilat Scott McQuaid, his only apprentice within the Harimau Pencak Silat system today.

Guru Bennett continued to extend his combat studies within his personal 'reality based' fighting approach using experiences from working the night club door as a bouncer around some of the toughest nightspots in Essex during the 1990's.

He further balanced his learning by becoming a qualified professional practitioner in a number of Asian holistic therapies, developing knowledge of the internal weaknesses of the body.

He continues his own physical research in combat studying in the blade concept fighting under Peter Weckauf. In 2016, Guru Bennett along with Guro Martin Sillitoe founded the 4 Reapers club where they teach weapon concept fighting such as Tomahawk, Stick, Knife and Kerambit.

Guru Paul Bennett is currently not teaching Harimau Silat but will hold irregular open door seminars during the year.

Guru Paul Bennett :: Guru Paul Bennett :: Guru Paul Bennett :: Guru Paul Bennett and Maha Guru Richard Crabbe-de-Bordes :: The Bull and the Black Tiger

"Very few are either worthy or resolute enough to attain the gift that is Pencak Silat."

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe-de-BordesMacan Hitam - The Black Tiger

Maha Guru Pendekar Suci Richard Crabbe de-Bordes belongs to an ancient lineage of Indonesian Harimau Pencak Silat warriors dating back to the sixteenth century.

Guru de-Bordes grew up in France and although he was a first grade black belt student in Kyokushinkai Karate under the highly respected Sensei Guy Sauvin, he found the art too structured for his ideology of combat. Thus he searched for an alternative fighting art. His destiny would be recognized in a chance meeting with his teacher, the great Maha Guru Adityo Mataram Hanafi.

Guru de-Bordes' path in Silek Harimau began when he noticed a flier on Paris Metro station advertising 'Kung Fu Silat'. After a brief introduction with his future teacher Maha Guru Adityo Mataram Hanafi, Pesilat de-Bordes would wait a further three months before he was excepted as a student.

Guru de-Bordes was eighteen years old when he began his tuition in silat in the fourteenth district. He would study under Guru Hanafi's wife Patricia Hanafi for his first year before learning from his guru at his house on the weekends. Later, he would follow Guru Hanafi around the world practicing the trade of silat in various countries his teacher was based. From France, Spain, Holland to Indonesia. As he became more advanced within his training, he would later study with his teacher's father, General Anak Marhaen Hanafi, a grandmaster of the art.

After many years of training, Guru de-Bordes relocated to London, England, and opened the first Harimau Pencak Silat school in the UK in the early 1980's.

Guru de-Bordes further developed and adapted the Harimau Silat style for the modern battle field focusing on the 'Bela-Diri' (self-defence) aspects and incorporating the Silek Seterelak system from another Indonesian instructor named Pendekar Dr. Ibrahim. After updating and restructuring his version of the Harimau system he renamed the art Lumpat Harimau Silat.

He continued his research into the applications of Silat in high risk situations. The Silat that he teaches is practised as easily in combat boots as Baju Silat.

He has taught and acted as an advisor to many special forces groups and police tactical teams, also acting in a capacity as a presidential security aide.

Pendekar Suci Maha Guru de-Bordes was given the title of 'Grandmaster' representing the the systems of Silek Harimau, Seterlak, and Setia Hati which are the three styles of Silat that have contributed to the evolution of the Lumpat Harimau Minangkabau Silat system.

He continues his studies in the combative arts, practicing and researching the lost African fighting style known as Aborti ke Tahuumo. Due to his extensive findings and ability to piece together this forgotten martial science, he was named Tatsoolo Nukpa (Grandmaster) by the Ga tribes of Ghana. He is recognized today in Africa as the tiger warrior highness and protector of the Ga people and their history.

Guru de-Borde's continues to hold yearly seminars in the United States spreading the message of Silat. He now resides in Ghana, currently working as a security consultant with the current presidential government.

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes :: Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes with Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi in the background Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes :: Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes and Pendekar Scott McQuaid - Blade Work Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes :: Golok Application Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes :: The Black Tiger

“Raise your foot like an elephant but step like a tiger.”

Grandmaster Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi

Maha Guru Adityo HanafiDatuk - The Clan Leader

Grandmaster Maha Guru Adityo Mataram Hanafi is the heir to a warrior tradition that harks back to a time when practice of Pencak Silat was a matter of life and death.

The third son of Sumatran General (ret.) Anak Marhaen Hanafi, he was taught Minangkabau Silek Harimau from his father. At that time his father was the head of the Lubuk Ngantungan clan. This title was passed down to him by his father who in turn is Adityo Hanafi's great grandfather Neko Radjo Api. The Dutch named Pendekar Radjo, the “old king of fire” due to his fierce combative silat, some Dutch soldiers considered him to be invincible.

With such a lineage, it is perhaps no surprise that Adityo's prowess in the warrior arts grew quickly. A chance meeting with the highly respected Pendekar Kiayi Hadji Komar Djirebon from Cirebon, led to his being accepted as a favorite disciple of the great teacher. The young Hanafi learned the style of Jawa Barat Silat from him. This system of silat had already been rooted within the Hanafi's family as his ancestor Guru Randen Pandji was a master of the style.

The young pesilat Hanafi would later begin to study the Javanese silat style of Setia Hati from his mother Soesro Soeseno Soekendah-Hanafi. By the age of seventeen, Adityo Hanafi was teaching martial arts to the Indonesian special commandoes.

In 1961, Guru Hanafi got the chance to meet and train under Master Masatoshi Nakayama in Shotokan Karate and together they founded the Persatuan Olah Raga Karate Indonesia.

In 1966, Grandmaster Hanafi accompanied his father to Cuba, where his father had been appointed the Indonesian Ambassador in Havana. It was here where he studied English and French at the University of Havana and started the first Pencak Silat school in Cuba. His interest in Afro-Cuban culture brought him to the practice of African spirituality in the form of Abakua and Palomayombe. While studying and helping train the Cuban soldiers, the young Hanafi met Guru Kakek Amado who acted as a spiritual advisor to Fidel Castro. Hanafi incorporated much of Guru Amado's ideology into his silat.

Eventually relocating to France in 1971, Guru Hanafi founded the Palero Pencak Silat Association combining his experience of African religion in the diaspora with his practice of Pencak Silat. It was here where Maha Guru Hanafi began to structure his version of Silek Harimau. His students included Roger Pascal, Versini Alain, Raux Alain, Goarnison Luc, Guru Farid Mohammed, Don Juan Barrentxea, Michael Biery, Claud Biery, Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de-Bordes, Frank Piccot and Guru Besar Fracois Pougary.

Grandmaster Hanafi returned to Indonesia in 2003, where he was appointed Chief Commander of the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces with the title of Raden Tubagus Pangeran, a four star general. He also continues to make political waves within the country.

Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi :: Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi :: Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi and Maha Guru Richard Crabbe-de-Bordes :: Maha Guru Adityo Hanafi and Guru Scott McQuaid ::

"Those who do survive the training I hope will spread the word of Pencak Silat and make the world a better place to live. I believe they have a role to play in this."