Greetings brother and sister of PGB Bangau Putih,
There is a process for students who want to go to the PGB Pusat to visit and study. It's simple, but can get complicated if one does not follow instructions.
The simple outline of the process goes as follows:
1) Send request to Suhu Gunawan, and sponsorship letters from pelatih and regional representative (MPP / Chief Trainer),
2) Await response,
3) Complete forms (and, for 30+ day visits, deal with visa),
Senior students and trainers may abbreviate the process. Sponsorship letters, for example, may not be required. Seniors could just write a nice request letter in email. Suhu Gunawan replies, "OK", and you're done. No sponsorship letters. That's enough for seniors. The forms, though, are needed.
For now, I am coordinating these requests, forms, and visa support if needed. I am the point of contact.
In any case, I've described the process below in more detail. Let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or want to start the process for yourself or for one of your students.
HERE IS THE PROCESS IN DETAIL:
The relatively new procedure for sending students to study at the Pusat goes like this, in two phases:
PHASE THE FIRST
1) Student writes personal, informal and not too lengthy letter of request to Suhu Gunawan. A page is fine. The letter should clearly request permission to come to the Pusat to study with him, spell out what exactly the student wants to accomplish by doing so, and say when and for how long as accurately as possible. This is what he's been
asking for for some time now.
2) The student's pelatih also addresses a separate recommendation letter. Brief and to the point is ok, but something explaining why they want their student to study at the Pusat with Suhu Gunawan.
3) The pelatih's regional head trainer (pemimpin pelatih or MPP) also writes a letter of recommendation for the student. In Germany the head trainer is Loki, France it's Thomas, Spain it's Paul. I believe that Jacqui falls under Loki at this time.
All three of these letters are signed, physically, and returned to me. I get them to Bogor and make sure they're delivered to Suhu Gunawan. (They can be scanned and sent to me as email attachments, and the originals delivered later to the Pusat, or the originals can be sent to me via traditional mail, time permitting.)
Suhu Gunawan then responds to the request with a yea or nay. (I've not yet received a nay.) Usually he answers within a week.
PHASE THE SECOND
Given acceptance and granting of the request, there are forms to complete and return. And for study visits longer than 30 days, visa issues.
There is one form for the pelatih and chief trainer to sign, a declaration of responsibility for the student's behavior at the Pusat.
There are three other forms that the student is to complete and return.
The forms must be printed, completed, signed, and returned. As with the request and recommendation letters, they may be scanned and returned electronically, with the originals delivered later by hand, or they may be sent to me by traditional post, time allowing.
WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
For students staying in Indonesia for 30 days or less, most can apply for and obtain a VOA, Visa On Arrival, at the airport in Jakarta or Bali.
For those requesting stays in Indonesia longer than 30 days, a PGB Pusat visa sponsorship may be granted so that the student can get a VKSB, Visa Kunjungan Sosial Budaya (social cultural visit visa). Such sponsorships will only be given to students who are going to spend the marjority of their time in Indonesia studying silat at the Pusat or in direct and active participation in PGB activities.
If you are requesting a stay longer than 30 days, separate instructions will be sent to you. Do NOT attempt to arrange your own visa.
WHAT IF THE STUDENT DOES NOT WANT TO STAY AT THE PUSAT/TUGU?
Foreign students may dwell outside the Pusat, TC Tugu, however their training will be limited to the Regu A group, with just a few latihan sessions per week. This option is for foreigners primarily in Indonesia for other reasons, such as ex patriot workers or children of same.
Students who will not be residing and studying at the Pusat may visit, but they will not be accepted for regular training beyond that of the Regu A class.
WHAT ABOUT MONEY? MAY THE STUDENT WORK?
The short answer is, no. Foreign students coming to the Pusat to reside and study should prepare financial resources before coming to the Pusat. Those coming for more than 30 days will most probably be on a PGB sponsored cultural/social visa. That visa does not allow work for pay. Those coming for 30 days or less, on tourist visas, are also not allowed to work for money.
However, research is underway on the possibilities of having a volunteer program which may allow us to waive required resident student financial contributions. If and when such a program is finalized and launched, the news will be propagated.
WHY ALL THIS BUREAUCRACY AND PROTOCOL?
The personal letter of request from student to Suhu Gunawan is something he first requested some years ago. It's to help make clear the relationship and intentions.
The forms are something the PGB school administration more recently composed and requested for all foreign students. There's a domestic form as well. They are to gather needed information, and also to make clear the relationship of visiting students to the Pusat school organization and student dwelling, and the role of the student's pelatih. It's hoped that these will help reduce misunderstandings.
DOESN'T THIS TAKE A LOT OF TIME?
Short answer to this is, yes. Well, actually, not necessarily. But it is not instant. Sending a student to study with Suhu Gunawan and the Pusat trainers is a big thing. For Americans, Europeans and other country it means traveling to the other side of the world. It should not be undertaken lightly.
It's something in most cases best prepared for with some lead time, not undertaken at the last minute. But, it's an individual thing in the end, so we understand that there will be exceptions.
So, that's the basic protocol.
WAIT, WHAT ABOUT PELATIHS, SENIORS, PEWARIS, ETC?
In the case of a senior student/trainer it's a good idea to at least write a letter to Suhu Gunawan, and give him a chance to respond. Even if you call him on the phone and he replies with the (almost certain) 'yes please come', the letter is a nice thing to do. But, it's up to the senior. At the very least, an email request should be made. Don't just
assume you can schedule your trip and just inform the Pusat of your arrival.
The forms, yes, are the same really. Nobody is going to reject a Dewan Guru member at the door if you just arrive informally. But, they are asking for these forms. The next time I go, I'll be filling them out and presenting them. So, I recommend that trainers do the same.
I hope this is pretty clear. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.
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Perguruan Silat Persatuan Gerak Badan (PGB) Bangau Putih berdiri sejak tanggal 25 Desember 1952. Pendiri adalah (alm) Suhu Subur Rahardja. Penerus sekarang adalah Guru Besar Gunawan Rahardja. Perguruan ini berpusat di Bogor, beralamat di Jl. Kebon Jukut No,1, Sukasari - Bogor 16142. ====================================== Persatuan Gerak Badan, (PGB) Bangau Putih, is a martial art school and community association that was founded in Bogor, West Java on December 25th, 1952 by the late Master Subur Rahardja or known as Suhu Subur. The CentPGB Bangau in Indonesia Read more