What is AGPS?
AGPS is an acronym for Anjing Gembala Pencak Silat.
Pencak Silat is an umbrella term, like Karate or Gung Fu, that is used to categorize martial arts from Indonesia. Further, the term "Silat" is used in many other regions of Southeast Asia. There are hundreds of "official" Pencak Silat systems in Indonesia (e.g.: registered with the government). There are likely hundreds of other Pencak Silat systems that are unregistered.
Anjing Gembala is Indonesian for sheepdog. It's not an "animal" system; we don't train to fight like dogs. The name reflects my personal mindset and attitude and my reasons for teaching what and how I teach.
The name was inspired by an essay by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.) titled On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs.
The essay discusses predators, prey and protectors in society and, as the title indicates, uses the labels of wolf, sheep and sheepdogs as analogies for these societal archetypes. I was bullied a lot as a child and first got into martial arts to protect myself but the more training I had the less trouble I had with bullies. I evolved into a protector and as an adult I have served as a protector in a variety of environments both professional and personal.
When I read Grossman's essay it resonated strongly with me and when I began considering names for my system the idea of the "sheepdog" seemed a logical choice. Since the primary influence for the system comes from Indonesian martial arts I chose to use the Indonesian phrase for "sheepdog."
AGPS is an American system that draws heavily from several systems of Pencak Silat and some other influences (primarily Filipino). I developed it to reflect my personal teaching methodology.
The system focuses on close range combatives. The curriculum is pretty streamlined and is intended to quickly provide students with physical tools to protect themselves and others and to provide a deep understanding of the principles that make those tools functional. Currently it is intended for civilian adults because that is my primary background but there are plans to develop targeted curriculums for law enforcement, military and children and I will work with experts in those areas to develop those curriculums.