The Jokotole Naga Putih is a traditional Pencak Silat style from the island Madura.
The island is located to the North of East Java and residents of Madura are well known throughout Indonesia for their fierce and strong characters.
And this also counts for the movements within the Jokotole Naga Putih style. Because they are fast, hard and because they are practical, very effective.
Because of this, the Jokotole Naga Putih differs somewhat in relation to other styles and which can be related to the fact that the Madurese had an agreement with the Dutch colonial rulers.
For this agreement, the Madurese were allowed as one of the few to keep their own army and partially independent.
That in the late seventies the first Pencak Silat world championships were organized in Singapore?
The current head of the Jokotole Naga Putih, Mr. Suheimy, represented Indonesia at that time and became world champion. But after him, another two Jokotole Naga Putih practioners became world champion, namely Mr. Salehodin and Mrs. Tuti. Thanks to Mr. Suheimy, Mr. Salehodin and Mrs. Tuti the Jokotole Naga Putih became very famous in their homeland and abroad.
Particularly impressed, the Indonesian government decided to give the Jokotole Naga Putih a grant to build a school in Kamal, the birthplace of Mr. Suheimy on Madura. After the building of the school, Mr. Suheimy became trainer of the Indonesian national team and the Jokotole Naga Putih were given the official status of Academy.
In the recent 25 years more than 80 people from the Jokotole Naga Putih have won national or international titles. And the students are still very successful in the Olah Raga (matches) and Seni (style matches).