2015 will start with an outstanding Martial Arts event when fighters from more than 45 countries will compete in the 16th World Pencak Silat Championship 2015 in Phuket, Thailand. Starting with an opening ceremony at 7pm on 10 January and conclude with a closing ceremony on January 16, 2015.

The World Championship will have the athletes compete in two categories: Match and Artistic.

The Phuket City Municipality stadium or Saphan Hin Stadium (see map on the right) will be the venue for the 16th World Pencak Silat Championship 2015 from January 7th till 17th. The venue is located in Sapan Hin public park, Phuket town. The stadium has 4,000 seats with high technology systems and standard security. The stadium has air conditioning in every room. There is a public park around the stadium where participants can relax before or after matches.

Pencak Silat is an Asian fighting art developed hundreds of years ago in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It is originally martial art of Indonesia. The martial art is also practiced in the Thai southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Pencak Silat is one of the world’s top ten most lethal styles of fighting. In the past, a long knife called a “keris” and a long stick would be used in fighting but these are now used only in the artistic category competition.

Pencak Silat was introduced in world championship for the first time in Indonesia in 1982  and then in Thailand National Competition in 1987.

Much more info can be found at the event website. I suggest you also to take a look at the download page where you will find very interesting PDF documents regarding Pencak Silat in Thailand and the World Championship


Photo Credits:
Men Pencak Silat Match Malaysia vs Vietnam” by Gunawan KartapranataOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

How to Register

Registration, Technical Meeting & Balloting will be on 8th January 2015 at 14.00 hrs onwards at Phuket, Thailand. For more information contact website www.worldpencaksilat2015.com