The Founding of our Art: Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen was founded by Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel, a Dutch Indonesian man and ninth degree Golden Dragon. Mas Goeroe Agoeng traveled throughout Indonesia studying many styles of Pentjat Silat and took the best parts of each to develop the style of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen. Mas Goeroe Agoeng brought the art to this country in 1956. The first school to teach Mas Goeroe Agoeng’s style was opened in Lowellville, Ohio in 1973 by Mas Goeroe Agoeng Barbara Niggel under the direct tutelage of Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel. Mas Goeroe Agoeng’s compassion, spirit, and dedication to his art were boundless.
The Rivers and Our Lineage: Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel is the “Well” as he is the originator of the art, Mas Goeroe Agoeng Barbara Niggel is the first river. Mas Goeroe Agoeng Janesa Kruse and Mas Goeroe Agoeng Scott Montgomery are her students/second river and Mas Goeroes Silvia Smart and Jeff Denson, here at Tulen Center, are third river. That makes you, our students, fourth river. Your students will be fifth river, and so on. Poekoelan has enriched and protected the lives of many, all over the world.
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