Robert McKay, Pencak Silat Instructor


Robert McKay has studied various martial arts over the years. He began his training in 1982 and earned his first instructor rank in an eclectic Filipino Kuntaw Silat style 10 years later. While teaching the martial art, Robert continued studying the Indonesian art of Pencak Silat Mande Muda and eventually earned Jagabaya Instructor rank in Mande Muda. He is licensed to teach through the Suwanda Academy in West Java, Indonesia. Robert also holds a current instructor (Cikgu Muda) rank in the Malaysian art of Seni Silat Kuntau Tekpi.

Robert’s teaching style can meet a broad variety of needs. His students have included homemakers, clergymen, members of Federal law enforcement agencies, and active-duty military men and women.

In addition to many years of martial-arts training, Robert is a Registered Nurse. For six years he was employed in a locked-door psychiatric facility, where violent outbursts by patients were a common occurrence. This environment gave Robert the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in dealing with both the mental and physical aspects of aggression.