Ogden is home to a countless variety of martial arts studios. You can pick from taekwondo, judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, Muay Thai, aikido, and many others. As a matter of fact, just about anywhere in the country, you can find places teaching these forms of martial arts. Yet, in the entire Western Hemisphere, there is only one place you can learn Merpati Putih: MP USA. Today, we will look at the history and features of Indonesian martial arts in Ogden Utah.
What Is the History of Indonesian Martial Arts?
In the Indonesian archipelago, martial arts are known as pencak silat. Pencak silat has been around since ancient times with the earliest evidence of it being taught in a structured manner dating back to the 6th century. Merpati Putih is a form of pencak silat that was developed in the royal courts on the island of Java in the 17th century.
Merpati Putih, or MP for short, was originally only available to the Indonesian Royal Family. This system of martial arts and inner power was passed down from father to son. For centuries, only the king and his heirs were taught the system. In fact, outside of the Royal Family, almost nobody even witnessed the martial art.
Then came the Indonesian civil unrest of the 1960s. The long struggle was escalating with violence and hate, and even those not involved were beginning to feel the effects. So, in 1963, the Royal Family decided to help the people by releasing the secrets of MP.
MP taught Indonesia’s citizens to defend themselves. People also became more spiritually aware, loving, and peaceful. Since it was first released to the public, over a million Indonesians have benefited from the study of MP. The Presidential Secret Service, SWAT teams, Commando Paratroopers, and the Indonesian Army Special Forces all receive MP classes as part of their standard training.
How Did Indonesian Martial Arts Make It to Ogden?
The founders of MP USA, Mike and Nate Zeleznick, are the only two Westerners who have the training and permission to teach MP. They have taught the martial art to individuals of all backgrounds and abilities for more than seventeen years. They have programs designed for everyone. Here are a few of them:
Women’s Empowerment – Our Women’s Empowerment Workshops are held a few times each year and are designed to teach women how to defend themselves against an attacker. Our next workshop is Saturday, October 14th.
Wealth of Health – Seniors generally have a hard time with the intensity of our more physically-demanding programs. Fortunately, older adults can improve their flexibility, learn meditations that work quickly, sense and control the energy in their bodies, and much more with this program specifically designed for people over 40 years old.
Athletic Adventure – This is our flagship program created for individuals who want to learn everything MP has to offer. It is a perfect balance of extreme physical fitness, control and awareness of life energy, movement artistry, self-defense, and deep mind-body-spirit connection.
Youth – Raising kids who are productive, responsible citizens is not an easy task when you have so many other things on your plate. MP can help by teaching your youngsters discipline, leadership, confidence, respect, integrity, and other important values.
Vibravision – Vibravision has been used to help the visually impaired for decades. Whether you are sighted or not, Vibravision is a mobility and orientation method that will change how you interact with the natural world.
You should definitely check out MP USA if you would like to train in or learn more about Indonesian martial arts in Ogden Utah. Nowhere else in the country or hemisphere can you experience the benefits of Merpati Putih. Contact us today to learn more.