Walter van den Broeke
Walter H. van den Broeke, Technical Director of the Naga Kuning Institute, began studying Pukulan Pecutan in 1978, at the age of 15, with Hans van den Broek and continued, from 1981, under the direct guidance of Bpk Flohr.
Walter, still today, transmits his experience in Pukulan with pure passion, asking only for commitment and perseverance in return.
During this “research” in Pukulan, Walter met and trained with numerous teachers such as Bpk Harun (Cianjur), Bpk Parso (Surabaya), Bpk Habudin (Madura) and the kumpulan Cikalong in Ciuanjur both in the islands of Java and Madura (Indonesia), and in the Netherlands. Walter also studied Mande Muda with Bpk H. Sudarno Tulalessy for 4 years.
After practicing Mande Muda, Walter returned to practice with Bpk W.L. Flohr for another 2 years, later deciding to undertake research which took him to Indonesia where he lived and trained until 2002.
Serak and Bukti Negara
When Walter returned to Holland he was introduced by a friend to the de Vries family. It was they who introduced him to the art of Serak, and to his surprise, he discovered that he had already seen the same things in the past (principles, timing, langka, etc.) with Bpk W.L. Flohr. With the information that the de Vries family gave him, he was able to understand and internalize the teachings of Bpk W.L. Flohr.
In the first half of 2010 Walter came into contact with uncle Paul de Thouars. There was a long exchange of letters, and they finally decided to meet in person.
After meeting in January 2011, uncle Paul introduced Walter to his Serak student group. Uncle Paul trained Walter as he had been trained at a young age by his uncle and teacher, John De Vries. There was an instant connection with uncle Paul and his way of practicing Serak.
Uncle Paul’s in-depth knowledge and vision of the art were impressive.
One thing that struck Walter, after spending countless hours training with uncle Paul, was the continuous evolution that he had developed day by day in his art. His skill had not only improved over the years, but it was clear that he was still developing his art, a truly endless quest.
Walter found in uncle Paul what he had found in Bpk W.L. Flohr, a devoted teacher, a great personality, and a man with a vast knowledge.