Who We Are


Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun translates as ‘new Cimande from old’.  Both the words Anyar meaning new and Buhun meaning old come from the Sundanese language of West Java.  A.C.B, as the system is known by is Johnny Silmon’s assimilation, interpretation and adaptation of the Cimande he has studied under two teachers – Guru Makmur Suradilaga (1953-2010) of Ciawi, Bogor and Mang Eem Suhaemi (1947-) of Purwakarta.  Mang Eem’s Silat style itself has a number of other elements aside from Cimande, those being from Sabandar, Cikalong and other local subsystems.

Style Focus

Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun (A.C.B) 

Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun (A.C.B) is an effective close-range striking (pukulan) martial art that encompasses both armed and unarmed techniques. It builds upon the fundamental Jurus of Cimande Tarikolot while incorporating the principles and techniques of Paguron Mang Eem Suhaemi, thus expanding its combat capabilities. The style draws inspiration from the energy and tactics of two animals – the fierce Macan (tiger) and the agile Monyet (monkey). The Macan’s aggressiveness and courage translate into powerful, crushing strikes that shut down opponents, while the Monyet’s mobility, reflexes, and swift movements deliver whipping and scratching attacks.

A Close-Range Striking Style

Though A.C.B covers various combat ranges, it excels in the standing close range, and while it remains adaptable on the ground, its preference is to quickly return to a standing position. This adaptation is essential, considering Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun is designed for real-world self-defence situations, where no rules apply, and any circumstance may arise, including multiple attackers or hazardous terrain.

Tenaga Dalam and Esoteric Methods in A.C.B

In the advanced stages practitioners delve into ‘Tenaga Dalam’ or ‘inner power’ exercises along with esoteric methods. These practices are part of level 7 representing a deeper exploration of the art’s internal aspects. Tenaga Dalam emphasises cultivating internal energy, enhancing physical and mental strength, and achieving a harmonious balance between the mind and body. The esoteric methods further enhance the practitioner’s understanding of energy manipulation and its application in combat. These intricate techniques contribute to the overall effectiveness of A.C.B, empowering the practitioner to reach their full potential. By incorporating both the practical and the profound, Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun offers a comprehensive system for self-defence and personal development. This article on Pencak Silat gives you a good overview of the origins and development of these warrior arts of Indonesia.

Syllabus & Grading

Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun covers seven levels (level 7 by invite only) each corresponding to a particular skill set. On successful completion of grade, a coloured ‘Ikat Kepala’ or head-wrap along with grade certificate will be awarded. Overview of grades and areas covered as follows:

Level 1 - Beureum (Red)

Grade Focus

16 A.S.K Seated Jurus Variants With Basic Applications  / Langkah & Basic Conditioning / Macan Emphasis

Level 2 - Oranyeu (Orange)

Grade Focus

12 Paguron Silat Suhaemi Standing Jurus / Basic Partner Drills (Pasangan) / Basic Strike Sparring / Monyet Emphasis

Level 3 - Koneng (Yellow)

Grade Focus

10 A.C.B Jurus / Advanced Techniques & Partner Drills / Intergrated Strike Sparring

Level 4 - Hejo (Green)

Grade Focus

Grappling: Standing & Ground Grappling / Ground Attack & Defence / Combined Sparring Methods

Level 5 - Biru (Blue)

Grade Focus

Base Weapons Training – Pisau / Golok / Tongkat / Pedang

Level 6 - Biru Kolot (indigo)

Grade Focus

Advanced Weapons Training: Kerambit / Keris / Kujang / Flexible Weapons / Kembangan – Ibing

Level 7 - Bungur (Violet)

Grade Focus

Meditations / Visualisations / Breathing Exercises / Tenaga Dalam Cultivation / Esoteric Silat (Ilmus-Kebatinan)

Classes & Groups

Below you will find a list of the current classes and groups alongside those who are authorised to teach Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun up to their current level.

West Hampstead, London
Class – Fridays 20.30 – 22.00 (Invite Only)
Johnny Silmon (Chief Instructor)
Contact: info@the-wai.com

Harrow Middlesex
Clifford Morrisson – Group Leader
Contact: morrisoncliff83@gmail.com

Orlando FL, U.S.A
Guru Declan Cummings – Full Instructor
Contact: www.facebook.com/Silatdec

Birmingham, West Midlands
Class – Sundays every 4-6 weeks (Invite Only)
Johnny Silmon (Chief Instructor)
Contact: info@the-wai.com

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Allan Langley – Group Leader
Contact: allan.langley@icloud.com

Hollviken, Sweden
Mattias Persson – Group Leader
Contact: info@mattcombatives.com

Joining Us

There are future plans to run teacher training programs in the ACB system. These will be made public on the site in due course.

In order to be considered as a Group Leader in which you will be listed on the site and officially recognised to deliver basic and fundamental principles of Pencak Silat Anyar Cimande Buhun, the pre-requisites are as follows:

  • To be of good moral character
  • To have attended classes regularly or taken private lessons a minimum of 3 months and achieved the level of Ikat Kepala Merah (Red) or
  • To have completed guided learning hours via seminars/workshops or online training (in development) amounting to 50 hours minimum.

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee acceptance as a group leader. This will then solely be at the discretion of the Chief Instructor.

Please contact us if you wish to learn more about this and upcoming programs.