The Zenshida'i is a brotherhood dedicated to the Buddho-Taoist philosophy of the Mahayana, and directed towards the cultivation of self-mastery through the three-fold path of meditation, austerity, and the martial arts. Currently, we are located in the Tri-state area an hour northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we offer instruction in kuntau,pencak silat, and pencak silat serak. These are all rooted in the Cimande-style of martial arts brought to the United States by Willy Wetzel in the 1950s. Formally, the combat system of the Zenshida'i is known as Cimande Pencak Silat Serak dari Zenshida'i, or simply Zenshida'i Silat.
Joshua van Asakinda (JEVA) is First of the Zenshida'i, and creator of Zenshida'i Silat. For historical purposes, the Zenshida'i lineage is as follows:
Northern kung fu masters & Southern kung fu masters; Bepak Serak Chinese masters of Hui Kem Bon; Mas Djut Hui Kem Bon Willy Wetzel Gale Shotsinger; Michael Patterson, Brian van Cise, & Gusman Wiranata Joshua van Asakinda
JEVA has trained with a number of masters around the world for varying lengths of time, including not only Gale Shotsinger (silat), the master who introduced him to the martial arts, but also Michael Patterson (xingyiquan), Brian van Cise (IRT & kali), and Gusman Wiranata (bakti negara). For this reason, Zenshida'i Silat varies in certain ways from the traditional silat taught by Willy Wetzel, and has been revitalized by a return to the original Chinese body mechanics, not to mention practical applications pertaining to sword & stick, etc.
Joshua van Asakinda Zenshidai.Silat@gmail.com +1-702-716-2906