I created my first logo of "The Bull" in 1992 for the Second Modern Arnis Summercamp in Lübeck, Germany. The inspiration behind
the Bull comes from the Majapahit Empire. In 1993 the second version was made by one of my students, Guillaume Boube. At that time the Logo was associated with the name of my French Association, MMA (Majapahit Martial Arts). This version of my logo was trademarked in 1995 as
I designed my third version of "The Bull" in 1995 under MMA. In 1998 I changed the name from MMA to IKSA (International Kali Sikaran Association) for the release of my first Kali Sikaran Program. I carried that logo from 1995 to 2010. This version of the logo has been carried worldwide since 2000 and is still in use today. This logo was trademarked in 2002 as IKSA, then again trademarked in 2006 as Kali Sikaran in association with my IKAEF logo.
In 2010 I felt the need to move on, to write a new chapter. I redesigned my logo for the fourth time. I released the full version in 2014 for my students, who have attained the ranking of Guro or 5th Dan and up. This logo has been part of who I am for more then 20 years…
In 2016, the same logo follow me in my new approach as the KSE logo…
Why keep the same logo after all these years…
Simple... It took me more then 20 years to find the right meaning that goes with...
The Kali Sikaran logo is influenced by the History of the Southeast Asia, especially the Majapahit Empire from1293 to 1500. Majapahit was an Empire consisting of 98 tributaries, stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea. Majapahit was one of the last major empires of the region and is considered to be one of the greatest and most powerful Empires in the history of the region, today known as Indonesia.
Legends say the Majapahit Empire base on the island of Java hosted their best fighters from all over Middle East Asia, Bali, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. All came with their own styles. Kali for the Filipinos, Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong for the Thais, Pencak Silat for the Indonesians and Malaysians.
The Bull was a symbol of strength and power in the Majapahit. We take the symbol of the Majapahit Empire as a link between the Arts of Kali, Muay Boran and Pencak Silat. The logo has been redesign to fit our Concept and Philosophy. We use this Bull to represent the base of our style, a true balance between strength and power, between body and mind. The circle above our Bull logo is symbolic of spiritual strength and a higher understanding.
The rectangle is the foundation of the KSE logo, which represents our KSE Curriculum. That is what I share with all of you.
The Guro logo is in two parts.
The rectangle is a part of what we do, however it is up to you to find yourself. The rectangle is the base that you use to find your own path.
Therefore the circle around represents who you become throughout the years. I don't want the KSE Curriculum to be a dogma, but to be the beginning of your own freedom. Your own path.
The Dakilang Guro logo sections are reversed.
The rectangle is just a part of who I am. This is what I share, not who I am. I refuse to limit myself to my own Curriculum. The emptiness of color in the rectangle is to remind me that I should be always looking for a new ways to teach, to share, to give. There are so many things that I still have to learn, so many yet still to discover.
The color of the full circle is the symbol of my current knowledge, not yet complete and still growing. As a founder I should never be completely satisfied. I believe we should always try to move forward. This logo represents a state of mind, a time frame.
I just want enjoy my Art, not knowing where it will take me. These are the values of my Kali Silat Evolution.