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Ruben Arias Villalobos   1984 2013



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KunTao  Silat de Thouars is the martial art system created by Willem de Thouars, after a lifetime of study of Chinese and lndonesian fighting styles. In over sixty five years of practice "Uncle Bill" has carefully studied a dozen forms of Chinese Kun Tao and Some fifteen styles of lndonesian Silat, as well as numerous other martial and combative arts to synthesize his own unique blend.

Practiced by both beginners and seasoned players, KunTao Silat deThouars, enjoys a wide popularity in both Americas and Europe. Utilizing aspects of both External and lnternal Arts this system employs a type of body mechanics that is at once both practical and elegant.

Though IndoChinese in flavor, the self-defense aspects are not limited to the Martial Arts of the east. Mr. de Thouars has studied and employs both western boxing principles and classic fencing techniques.

Additionally, he is known to flavor his teaching with concepts from sources as diverse as Jujitsu, Okinawate, and Kempo. This is reflective of the long pioneering history he has had in the Martial Arts around the world and particularly since his arrival in the United States in 1960.

He has known both Bruce Lee and Ed Parker, and has counted amongst his friend's legends such as Ark Yuey Wong, Dan Inosanto, and Al Dacoscos.

Mr. de Thouars is the third eldest brother of one of the most highly respected living family dynasty in the Martial Arts. His Brothers, Paul de Thouars, Maurice, and Victor and their cousins in the de Vries family of Holland are the last of a family tradition of lndonesian Fighting arts. Passed down from generation to generation, this type of "plantation training" is almost dead and is rarely seen today, even in the de Thouars' native Java.

It is this tradition of hard-bitten practice and practical syncretism that KunTao Silat de Thouars will pass on to the next generation.
KunTao Silat
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Pencak Silat es un arte marcial de origen indonesio, el cual se practica en Indonesia, Singapur, Malasia, Tailandia, Vietnam, Brunéi... Básicamente en todo el sudeste asiático. la palabra Pencak viene a significar "ataque eficaz" y Silat, "movimiento artístico".



KunTao (Kun Tao / Kuon Tao) es una palabra genérica que se refiere a los sistemas de artes marciales chinos que se practican actualmente en el Sureste de Asia. En las Filipinas, se practica también un arte del mismo nombre con similares raíces (el KunTaw).


En China, esta denominación se aplica a qualquier sistema de pelea o boxeo chino. El término tiene como origen dos palabras: Kun/Quan (chuan en cantonés) = "Puño", y Fa (Faat en cantonés) = "Método", "modo" o "ley". Es interesante notar que el ideograma “Tao” no se utiliza en el término tradicional como parte de la palabra Kun Tao, pero aun cuando se utilizan los ideogramas Kun y Fa, el término Kun Tao es el que se expresa.


Wu Shu, Shaolin Chuan y Wing Chung, como ejemplos, son Kun Do. La palabra Kung Fu es incorrectamente atribuida al Boxeo Chino. Kung Fu significa literalmente “Maestría” y no “Arte Marcial”.


Es entonces importante establecer la diferencia entre el uso de la palabra "Kun Do" en China, y el uso de la misma (KunTao) en el sureste de Asia y en Occidente (Europa y América).


Mezcla el kung fu, el kali y el silat. No hay kimono específico para este arte marcial (pero normalmente suele ser ropa de color negro) ya que no está enfocado a la competición sino a la defensa personal.


Kun Tao

Kun Tao is an extremely deadly form of Street Kung Fu that is the old hand Kung Fu from the temples and family systems of China. Kun Tao is primarily found in Indonesia and Malaysia. The largest immigrant population in Indonesia and Malaysia are the Chinese. The Chinese began migrating to the spice islands in the 1200′s and as a result the islands became a melting pot of Southeast Asian martial arts including Kun Tao.

Kun Tao is 2 words in Cantonese. The word Kun means fist and the word Tao means way. Together they mean Fist Way or Way of the Fist. In Mandarin the words for Fist Way are Chuan Fa. There are approximately 350 known Kun Tao Styles.


Kun Tao is an art form that due to its deadliness was outlawed in the islands and until the last 85 years or so was very rarely taught to non-Chinese and even only rarely taught to non-family members who were Chinese. Fortunately by the time World War I ended there was a very large mixing of cultures in Indonesia and Malaysia. The Dutch were the primary European colonists in the area establishing plantations and growing such things as tobacco and coffee.


The main source of trade and money in Malaysia were the Chinese and with the large amount of trade both East and West came people from many different cultures and back grounds and multi-generations of people who intermarried and over the centuries had become part of the culture. As this occurred Kun Tao and Silat began to grow beyond its roots and spread outside of the cultures from which they came.


In 1954 when Sukarno came to full power in Indonesia he forced all people of mixed blood and non-Indos to leave or be beheaded. As a result a number of serious Kun Tao and Silat practitioners who were of mixed Indonesian, Dutch and Chinese descent fled the country and went to Holland, other European countries and eventually the United States. As a result Kun Tao and Silat came to the USA and was taught to Americans starting in the early 1960′s.

Kun Tao can now be found in most major cities in the United States.

Kun Tao techniques tend to be devastating close range explosive techniques utilizing rapid fire blasting strikes and rapid grappling breaks. The old hand street Kung Fu training includes specialty palms and jing expressions as well as animal form training and the internal arts of Hsing-I, Pa Kua / Ba Gua and Tai Chi. The primary commonality of most Kun Tao styles and methods is the lethal nature and unique and unmistakable expressive explosiveness of the Kun Tao arts.


American KunTao Silat

  • Two rich martial heritages melded into a synergistic American Martial Lifestyle

  • Historically, kuntao and silat have been practiced by ethnic groups divided by language and cultural diversities. Kuntao was the term describing the ethnic Chinese martial arts and silat was the generic term for the warrior arts practiced by the indigenous Indonesian peoples. 


  • Our GrandTeachers U.Un Surya & Willem de Thouars had the rare privilege of studying both arts in Indonesia. 


  • In the late 1970's and the early 1980's three of the four de Thouars brothers, Willem, Paul and Victor and a Chinese Indonesian I shing Ie grandmaster, U. Un Surya came to Colorado to live and teach.  A small group of dedicated practitioners had the honor of studying with these four world-class grandmasters of kuntao and silat.  Sigung Steve Gartin is among that small group and has meticulously documented, via video, the grand martial journey for posterity.


  • In 1981 KunLun Pai was introduced to the world in an event hosted by Pak Victor de Thouars in Southern California.  This was the first melding of the two diverse martial styles.


  • The brutally hard training and the extreme contact kept the student rolls very small during the first 20 years or so.  Until 1988, none of the de Thouars brothers cared to promote their arts publicly. 


  • In 1993 Steve Gartin introduced KunTao Silat to America.  Maintaining the heart and soul of the two great martial arts, Sigung Gartin adapted training methods geared for the American life-style to the tactical considerations and training required to actually apply silat and kun tao principles in combat. 


  • Seven levels of training take the novice to practitioner level.  We consider a "practitioner" or Guru Muda to be a very good black belt level martial artist. 


  • Practice Leaders conduct KunTao Silat classes all over the world.  It is possible to study at a distance with modern technology, so we do offer aDistanceTraining Program and a vast offering of video and DVD documentaries, seminars and training aids.  We also conduct seminars and workshops and are available by email



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  • Friends and associates. KarateKung Fu, Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Ju Juitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Kickboxing, and a wide range of esoteric martial arts will ultimately be found on our links page.  It is now under construction, but worth a visit and a page you will want to add to your favorites in the Dutch Indo/Chinese martial arts we know as silat and kuntao..

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  • Self Defense for everyone enjoying good health.  The secrets of Indonesian and Chinese kuntao and silat martial arts applied to a modern American home self defense training program.  Suitable for all ages and all levels of physical conditioning.  KunTao and Silat, as Village-style martial arts, focus on the individual - rather than the agenda of the King.  The individual must be capable of joining in defense of the Village, and must be trained to live at peace with his kinsmen.

  • KunTao & Silat Teachers:

  • the "old timers"   who were there during the inception of Kun Lun Pai and its early growth, the first American gurus.

    • Elder Teachers and Senior Disciples. Video MPGs of forms and techniques, links to the Founders' WebSites and historic information about *Serak®*Imoa Shantung Chinese kun tao and pentjak pukulan petjut kilat silat in Indonesia and America

    American KunTao Silat™ brings the most effective techniques and training methods of the Chinese Shaolin and Indonesian Silat arts together into an easily learned, highly effective, self defense program.  Even learning at a distance is possible now, with the vast library of training and documentary videos and DVDs available to the KunTao Silat student.  AKTS is comprised of forms, techniques and training methods of poekoelan pentjak silat systems of Pamur, Ci Calong, CiMande, Serak, Kendang, Si Kwetang, Bondo Waso and Pejut Kilat Silat.  The kuntao styles of Taih Keh, Po Qua Zen, I shing Po, Shantung, Quantung, Fukkien, Hokkien & Fuchin fist arts are also entertwined in the Indonesian Internal/External Chinese martial arts as practiced in Indonesia.



Teachers & Locations for Kuntao Silat Training

Uncle has recently posted an entry on where kuntao silat training may be obtained through those that teach his system of martial arts.  Here is the post:

  I am glad to end, by making Guadalajara my main Headquarter, and the one here in Northglenn. The others are very important Centers where I opperate and conduct kun tao and silat farms. Especially geared to progress Hakka kuen kun tao silat and Ci mande silat the Deerns lineage.
   Things keeps me most strongly busy, and nearing 77 years in January, my life becomes even better. It keeps me going, for me not having to hide behind the pants of students - I am in charge, I am a martial arts leader and will act accordingly.
    My pride and joy is as a true venture lays in Guadalajara; I am very proud to lead and guide a special group, as nowhere else can be found. The folks there under sigung Mario Rainero, is my successor for South America and Mexico and others in the kun tao school there, are a continuation of all my previous attempts. They all become successors after Mario, and in my book they are the best of the best. Training with actually physically endorsing combat with empty handed training, is all part of the daily practice. Martial arts without actually physically intuned with the actions of combat is not martial arts. Mexico is still free as a country where people fight for the sake of fighting. Blades and in particular the karambit is the best weapon practiced by choice in my kun tao school - other blades, like the short and long blades to even up to swords are practiced to roam freely in my dusty and happy trails.
    My headquarter here in Northglenn is under sigung Marcelo Rainero, where I teach every Sunday our original ways in training. It is strictly private. I feel there the most at home here in the state of Colorado. With guru Keith Moffet, he has run his Kun Lun Pai for several years, successfully. His training in the school is different, he does many things to stay in business. Also with my praise for still practicing our art, but beside, also includes physicality in a well rounded gym, for people to come and train with weights. Unfortunate I have only time to teach in my Headquarter, in Northglenn. There are other schools here in Colorado where our art is practiced and taught - under Bob Austin in Fort Collins; Steward Lauper has three large schools in Denver - they also train people in my system. Guru Joe Jud, trains a group in Chicago, Ill.
My longest disicple for over 40 years, has a school in his basement (like my headquarter in Northglenn) and is also a leader of a school in Denver - led by Bryant Earnest, also one of my trained instructors.
   When it comes to Boston, in Mass, are two training centers I conduct teaching my arts. They are under Don Ethan Miller, in Acton and under May and mike Williams in Salem. They are one of my finest in that region and also a special well accomplished kun tao instructor, sigung Westly Tasker.
   In Florida is only one well trained instructor, (a disciple), sigung Chuck Stahman. In the state of Tenn, in Maryville is one of my fine internal instructors, a long follower, sigung Richard Clear.
    In Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the well outstanding guru Trent Beach, a true and dedicated instructor in kun tao silat. In Texas, in Laredo a family associate Professor Paul Buirton.
    In Santa Monica, Calif are two of my outstanding kun tao instructors - the sigungs Ray Roblos anbd Mathew Cowan. Going to Canada, in Montreal is another fine long outstanding disciple, sigung Randell Goodwin.
    For Hawaii are two formidable leaders, Behati Mershant and Dana Matos. For two countries in Scandinavia, are also my training centers in Stockholm, under leadership of Michael Marlow and in Norway, in Oslo under Jimmy Boharfa. In Norkoping another trained leader, Lennart Olson, in Norkoping.
    In South New Zealand is Shinicci Jason teaching people. In Tokyo his brother, another Shinicchi.
Through all of them, who keeps me busy training and teaching, is no need for me to go to other countries in Europe - several of the instructors from others organizations come to attend my seminars in Scandinavia or here in America.  There are other friends for quite some years, they are on all four corners of the world - who are actually far distance followers of my art. Even in Manila, the Philipinnes are our kun tao practiced and the Imua shantung. In my art under Jimmy Boharfa.
   They are always free to come and to find out if I know something about the martial arts. There is another training Center for my family gathering is with Sam Edwards and Frank Broadhead and James Painter. It is a total different environment of training with many spices. Is in Truckee, (Reno Nev) or Northern California. It is the headquarter for the Sierra Nevada internal arts, and Eureka Productions.
   In San Francisco, Northern California another distinguished instructor, Dr Conrad Bui, and for other places in regard of my system - need to look up my current list of teachers.
To all who are my followers and friends who bought my book, through Amazone or the Eureka productions, my most sincere thanks and for all who had introduced my book.
My prime and main object for teaching and sharing my skills, remain in Hakka kuen kun tao and in Cimande tulen silat. It is my special reason to stay within the boundaries of my limitations and not to exceed. There is much for me to consider for staying only with my martial extended families - it is a large group of people and loyal as followers. May we all prosper in wealth and in health in the New Year, bapak willem de thouars.


Martial Sport vs. Martial Art, A Mindset that Controls Behavior

Lars Anderson changed his mindset, or perception and cognitive response, to "re-discover" techniques for martial archery as opposed to sport archery.  They both have their place; each creates and nurtures attributes that bolster archery ability.  However, sport techniques make someone far better at shooting a single arrow under very controlled circumstances.  Martial art techniques make someone able to shoot well enough to dispatch an unknown number of enemies under any, or seemingly losing, conditions.  It speaks to the essence of martial sport vs. martial  art.  I'll provide a blog post that goes more in depth regarding the principles of each.  Hope you enjoy the video.

By the way, Kuntao Silat is not a sport.


Uncle's New Book!

An apt title to Uncle's book, "A Journey Through Time."  Probably the last of the "old school" masters from a time that has been long gone in history to the present day, this book is a first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of a living legend.  Yep, I said it. It is not hyperbole.  Stories of training with kuntao and silat masters as a young child using ancient methods of practice with ancient expectations of the students.  Students of any martial art should purchase a copy, but especially those who practice kuntao, silat and kuntao silat, so that they may see the roots of their practice.  (Note:  it has been well established that karate has roots in the kuntao of southern China and the te of Okinawa.)  There's an excellent description of the book on Eureka Productions web page that reads as follows:

"Written in the unmistakable voice of Kun Tao Silat master Willem de Thouars, A Journey Through Time is an autobiographical reflection of de Thouars’s combined lifetime passion for martial arts, history and philosophy. The great grandson of a Dutch tea plantation owner and his African American wife, Willem de Thouars inherited a complex cultural legacy. As the grandson of a skilled Silat practitioner, he was also uniquely positioned to partake in the rigorous martial arts training found in Indonesia. A Journey Through Time chronicles De Thouars’s over six decades of studies and observations of both eastern and western martial disciplines.
De Thouars, like a Kendang dancer or circling Bagua practitioner, weaves his personal odyssey into the larger theater of human migration, trade, and conquest in the island nations of Indonesia. The reader is taken though de Thouars’s boyhood in the Dutch East Indies, internment during Japanese occupation (1942-1946), displacement upon Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch, relocation to the Netherlands, and subsequent immigration to the United States in 1960.
The reader comes away with a richer understanding of the origins of Willem de Thouars’s style of Kun Tao Silat.A Journey Through Time represents the bounty of what life has taught de Thouars, including his devotion to the natural world, which is joyfully depicted in his animal illustrations found throughout the book.
About the Author
Willem de Thouars’s skills as Kun Tao Silat master and teacher have made him a sought after instructor at international martial arts seminars. Originally from Indonesia, he has lived in the United States since 1960. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Joyce.
Product Details
Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Price: $14.99 U.S.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615710743
ISBN-13: 978-0615710747"


Baguazhang / Pa Kua Chang / Po Kwa Zen, Old School Ideas and Movement

The higher levels of Kuntao Silat contain internal forms of movement and training methods for use in combat. It does utilize the acquisition, storage and movement of qi or chi at the higher levels once the external methods of movement and structure of the forms have been appropriately mastered.  Prior to studying with Uncle I studied a Cheng system of Baguazhang, spelled out Pa Kua Chang at the time.  I had six years of intense study and practice with Sifu Cheng. Yes, virtually every day of practice as I and he wished me to learn the system asap due to his very advanced age; therefore, many of the old Chinese ways of holding back were dispensed with once he was satisfied with my character and mental acumen.  Understand, this did involve me  agreeing to only show the movements "appropriately" to students who have displayed a certain loyalty and ability.  Yes, still the old ways attached.  Hey, I agreed to it, and while the old strategies seem anachronistic in today's world, there is certainly wisdom to be gained from the ideas involved.  In fact, for much of my past, while being a student or an instructor I would simply move or show something exactly at, or just below, the ability of my training partner.  Why?  As a student, I'm there to learn, not show what I know.  Blank slates and empty cups retain more information, and without interference from previously learned material it's learned more completely.  I'm also not there to compete with my training partner.  I'm there to learn, and help my partner learn.  Consistently whacking my partner with something just because I can, or know something else, is flatly not helping either one of us learn anything except that I'm a selfish ass.  As an instructor, showing proper internal structure and flow while breaking down external movement distracts the student from what you're actually teaching and is far beyond what they are trying to understand.  They have no framework in which to operate or comprehend. As an instructor at a seminar I would frequently show movement just above the person I was teaching.  That way, they would actually learn and be able to incorporate the movement instead of mimic the movement poorly and not be able to recall what I was trying to teach only to remember the movement(s) improperly and propagate a falsehood. Would you teach Calculus I to someone who hasn't learned Algebra I?  No, because you couldn't. You could try, but all that would happen is frustration and misunderstanding leading to improperly understood movements, principles and concepts coupled with a student that thinks "I have it!" and nothing could be further from the truth.  Moreover, using a Taoist concept, humbling oneself by not displaying knowledge especially if learned somewhere else, allows another person to understand you have nothing to prove, and is a show of respect.  Tactically, if you don't really know another person's intentions why let them know you are much further along in real ability than you actually are?  Yes, it has actually worked out well for me in the past allowing people think I know, and can perform, far less than I do.  Besides, I have nothing to prove to them and don't really care what they think.  Truly.  I've had many think that and wish to "spar" (not drill but actually trade spontaneous, free-for-all strikes and throws), but suddenly realize much of what they assumed was incorrect, and I'm not moving like they observed in the past, and goddamnit he hits much harder than I thought he did, why doesn't anything work like it's supposed to...?  (Note: the pretense of sparring was often a reason to actually fight me due to their own insecurities.  Another thing they didn't know was that I genuinely loved to fight in the past.  Call it a psychological flaw that has been overcome.)

That said, old school methods spawn the idea of "secrets", but there really are none.  It is merely knowledge and understanding at different levels.  The analogy of mathematics is appropriate here. Overall circumstances dictate what may be performed or revealed for a myriad of reasons.

The reason I typed the previous is simply to state that the embedded video contains Cheng style Baguazhang demonstrated at a level not typically learned until the practitioner reaches a certain level of ability.  It makes me smile that a Chinese group has decided to demonstrate it to the public.  Baguazhang rarely displays jings within the form except to advanced practitioners, and not because it's a secret, but because someone who hasn't mastered the movements without jings can't possibly perform them properly, and will only cause injury or improper movement in an attempt to duplicate what they think is happening.  Most of the Baguazhang practitioners I've met aren't even aware that the type of movement shown is even possible within Baguazhang.  Yep, it is.  Worked on diligently in fact.  Of course, they could've simply been avoiding  the totality of their knowledge and ability because I'm just a white guy that isn't showing anything special.  That's cool, too.  No reason they should.  You will notice that there are no applications in the video.

Baguazhang is often known as Po Kwa Zen within Indonesia. Be certain that the Indonesians utilize internal energy in their forms and transmit the knowledge and practice.  The methods are there.  It's just that most folks never reach the level where they are able to learn it.  Notice the skeletal structure of the person in the video as compared to Hakka Kun Tao practitioners and the huge similarities despite the difference in the styles.

Keep at it, don't stop training, and you will learn that secrets are merely something you haven't learned yet because a proper foundation must be laid.  I tell all of my students from the very first day, "You have to change everything you understand about the way you move to learn this properly." 

I wish to sincerely thank Uncle and Sifu Cheng for allowing me to learn and practice their arts.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Article on Sera / Serak Silat by Bapak Ventje De Vries; late student of Mas Djut and Uncle to Our Uncle.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 originally written by Michiel Meijer
(Serak publication pak Ventje De Vries; late student of pak Masdjoed; Tong Tong; The Netherlands 1962) Pak Masjoed is student of pak Sera; founder of Serak Style 
In next story; I will tell some about my youth. At young age I left my parent house (of course against the will of my parents); to get life experience to be become independent. Because of my few income; I lived with humble family in a small lane in Buitenzorg, among locals.

That’s how I learned Soendanees languish and adat; so I could good concentrate on poekoelan. Afterwards my master Masjoed gave me permission to give lessons myself. Finally people didn’t called me “djoeragan” (meneer) or anom (shortage of djoeragan anom (jonge meneer); but mamang (uncle); to express respect; what seems to be when they talked with each other discussing about “Mang Depris”. When they met me on the street; they welcomed with “Poenten Mang, bade angkat?”(Good day Mang; where are you going to?) Even aged people greeted me like this. I assume it’s because I never absence Pentjak competitions; as New Year celebrations in the stalls of Governor General and wedding and sunat parties. Parties with Governor General dated from period of Van Heutsz and were very popular; because winner of competition won 25 guilders (€ 12). There; many djagos and styles became famous. Even if losers were injured it never occurs; it became case for civil court. It was honest fight; to through your opponent; without weapons; and without revenge.

In Soenda area; there are 3 main Poekoelan styles; “Tjimande”, Tjikalong” and “Sera”, last one I practice. Main styles are divided into sub streams like “Tji Matjan (Tiger), Tji Monjet (monkey); and Tji Kampret (bat). So far I know about Batavia; well known style of Mr. Petite de Rooy; “Petjoet" of Mr. Schoor from Petodjo; also called (nickname) Si Pantek. In Padang; they practiced Padang style; mainly kicking. There is also Koentau; divided into 7 sub streams. My experience is that this style is practice in Palembang (see article T.T. 15-9-1962). Most famous practitioners in Buitenzorg are; Baha Boek and Baha Boit; both large / strong guys. That’s why they use heavy sikoe –sikoe’s in there style. Sikoe-Sikoe is made of steel; and has length from under arm to elbow. In Pontianak there is kind of style; where “les” is main issue. Body is trained to avoid punches; by stepping backwards or step aside. Hands of experienced practitioner of Pontianak can be tied behind his back; without to be hit. Lets practice; in Lankah Lima. (See figure A to E). Right foot on B and left foot on E; while body weight is on right foot. This stand is called koeda koeda. He stands in langkah 3. Cross on figure is extended with triangle FGB. Man from Pontianak stands with his right foot on G and with his left foot on F (with front to opponent). His third point is B; (right foot of opponent). Situation is as follows. His arms are not is fight position; asking to be hit. Opponent sees no defense; and tries to punch. Pontianak moves body backwards; and counters when opponent strike back arm; to give second punch. Body of Pontianak close to opponent; so that bodyweight of opponent (B - E) is based on E. Then followed with sapu sideway; to throw opponent. This les is also incorporated in Sera; so our counter would be almost similar; using arms and legs. Would be too complicated to write down on paper. Now follows description; of fight of Pentjakkers in pengkalan pentjak (pentjak arena). All Pentjak styles are split into Kembang (bloem) or dance; djoeroes (alphabet) or techniques; langkah’s or steps with techniques; and samboetan; fighting system of severe kinds of Pentjak. Included sabet (kick away opponent) and sabet (shift away opponent, by placing your foot at foot of opponent; while pushing body of opponent) Guiding music is wooden trumpet; 2 gendangs; and gong. Gendangs are elongated drums; both side played (called male and female) with the start of gendang “tepak tiloe” (3 rhythm) or “tepak doea” (2 rhythm); female sound start; and male answers with variations. For beginners it’s hard to recognize severe melodies and gendang rhythm. It’s also not easy to dance; stepping and movements at the same time. Rhythm of Tjimande is slow and dragged; because dance is mentioned to show agile arm- and hand movements; while Tjikalong rhythm is faster and pleasant rhythm. Written by "Mang Depris” Alias pak Ventje De Vries

(Notice the low stances as demanded by Uncle.-- Trent)


Seminar Was Fantastic; Hours of Video to Review

My apologies for not posting sooner to the blog as an update; however, since returning to work I've been inundated since I was out the last week dealing with the seminar and catching up with family.  The seminar was phenomenal!  Unfortunately, Uncle was struck ill at the last moment and unable to fly in, but Sigung Philip Sailas was able to make it and greatly awed my students.  His amazing skill and wonderful personality truly won everyone over immediately.  43 years of training with Uncle!  I also have approximately eight hours of video to review.  Nothing will be available to outside folks, but those who attended the seminar and other kuntao silat brothers will be able to purchase DVDs for a nominal fee (probably $20 plus shipping just to cover my costs of the DVDs, packaging, labels, ink, delivery and wait time at post office, etc.  No, it doesn't even come close to paying for edit time and burn time otherwise I'd simply burn the whole thing raw to multiple DVDs and be done with it.).

That said, what did we cover?  As promised we went over Uncle's Serak Silat.  Sigung Phil could see we have been practicing and my students did have many of the basics, therefore we quickly went into more advanced apps.  Outstanding!  From there, we reviewed Uncle's Cimande / Tjimande Silat system as inherited and practiced by him from his father-in-law, Bapak Carl Deems.  Truly a wonderful system with many things to impart.  Similar to, but also very different from, Serak.  One of those things you have to experience and/or study to understand.  We spent a great deal of time on the buah and sambuts as well as the 18 djurus and langkah of Cimande.   Later we worked on Kuntao Monyet, or Monkey Kuntao, as well as the advanced drunken movements of the system.  It must be understood that I have one student that is truly huge, and athletically so.  Former powerlifter, elite level college football player, former pro football player until a knee injury; also a blackbelt in multiple arts and law enforcement officer that instructs others-- very nice guy.  But to provide comparison, he is in his mid-thirties approximately 6'4" and nearly 400 pounds, squatting ability of 900 pounds and bench of 500 pounds for reps...raw.  Yeah.  Sigung Phil is 63 years old, approximately 5'3" and 130 lbs.  He effortlessly and repeatedly threw my student over his head, end over end, to the mat with a thunderous thwack!  Drunken monkey is no joke.  Later, we moved to internal striking which opened up many eyes, then kuntao silat knife.  We ended the seminar with kuntao silat stick techniques and Q&A. Two days of joyful mayhem for practice.

I wish a speedy recovery and constant well being to Uncle and a heartfelt thank you with much gratitude to Sigung Philip Sailas for making this seminar such a resounding success.  It's cliche', but it truly was awesome.  I hope to get Sigung Philip back along with Uncle as quickly as possible.

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Uncle Arrives Tomorrow for the Seminar

Here is a video of Uncle performing a langkah from his art.  He and Philip Sailas, his longest studying student, arrive tomorrow for the seminar.  It appears that heavy rains are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday and I reserved space in the park as outside training in good weather is always best.  Now I'll need to reserve a gym at the last minute.  The video is Willem de Thouars: Hakka Kuntao Silat de Thouars - Pasang 1

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Only Four More Days!

I'll be picking up Uncle and Philip from the airport this Friday afternoon for the workshop this weekend.  A large crawfish boil is scheduled at a student's house right after I pick them up.  Attached you'll see Sigung Philip Sailas performing some of Uncle's forms.  The years of dedicated training sure do show.  I'm greatly looking forward to seeing them both again.  I'll be presenting some clips of the seminar once I download it all.  The theme for this weekend will be silat serak, kuntao silat knife and monkey kuntao, or as I like to call it, "Blood, Sweat and Steel".

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

Pentjak (Pencak) Silat Pamur / Pengasinan Jalan Enam

This series of movements looks similar to the pentjak silat pamur djurus that Uncle showed me many years ago although there are some definite differences.  Pamur is from the island of Madura and what I was shown was  a series of blade movements that was also trained empty-handed.  Now, I see something that uses hand transitions similar what I learned at the time that I haven't seen since except in a couple other silat arts.  The clip is entitled "Pengasinan Jalan Enam" and is labeled as being from the area of Jakarta, not the island of Madura.  I hope you enjoy it.


Basic Internal Art Principles

Here is an excellent article on some very basic principles of the internal arts, yes all of the internal arts, that must be instinctive when used, from a blog entitled "The Way of Least Resistance."  The article's title is The Way Internal Arts Work: Part 1 and eloquently breaks down the usage of footwork coupled with momentum and mass to develop power.  Naturally, since the internal styles (e.g., taijiquan / tai chi chuan, baguazhang /  pa kua chang, hsing I chuan / xingyiquan, I chuan / yiquan, liuhobafa, etc.) each do this differently, it doesn't break each style down into specific detail; however, the article does provide a nice overview of those concepts for the three major internal styles as known in the West.  Each internal style also has its unique methods for relaxation and skeletal usage to employ its own power generation mechanics based upon the tactics and core theories of the style, but indeed it is physics and not magic.  Kuntao Silat relies heavily on the principles of internal martial arts especially at more advanced levels, but a trained eye can spot it even at the introductory levels.


Bapak Willem de Thouars Seminar in Niles, IL June 24, 2012

If you can't make it to the "Blood, Sweat and Steel" Seminar I'm putting on for Uncle in New Orleans on May 12  & 13, 2012, please attend the seminar my kuntao silat brother is putting on near Chicago on June 24, 2012.  Guru Joe Judt is hosting the seminar and Guru Kris Roberts will be assisting Uncle when he teaches.  I'm adjusting my schedule now to try and attend.  You can register at

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012

Profile of Sigung / Guru Marcelo Rainero Video

Here is a video profile of one of Uncle's senior instructor's in Kuntao Silat de Thouars.  The video clearly shows the family style of training and friendship between the practitioner's while providing a glimpse of the potentially lethal techniques trained.  You'll also see some other familiar faces. A link to Marcelo's website can be found to the right of this page in links.










El Tàijíquán (también llamado T’ai-Chi-Ch’uan o a veces, abreviando, solamente Tai Chi, es un arte marcial desarrollado en el Imperio de China, practicado actualmente por varios millones de personas en el mundo entero, por lo que se cuenta entre las artes marciales de práctica más masiva. En la República Popular China el Taijiquan es un deporte popular y en los parques de las ciudades se puede observar por las mañanas a miles de personas ejercitando sus movimientos lentos y fluidos.



Dim Mak se traduce como "manipulación de puntos" o "manipulación de las arterias". un componente esencial de algunas artes marciales tradicionales chinas y okinawenses como por ejemplo el Shaolin Kung Fu y el Karate Jitsu (también conocido como Ryukyu Kempo, Okinawa-Te, Tode, etc). Hace algunos siglos, cuando el Dim Mak llegó a Okinawa pasó a conocerse como Kyusho Jitsu (en japonés: el arte de los puntos de presión). En Estados Unidos, George Dillman tomó de varios maestro Okinawenses las bases para desarrollar el Método Dillman de Puntos de Presión, una versión moderna del Dim Mak (Kyusho Jitsu). Hasta el 2005, a dos décadas de que Dillman empezara a difundirlo, tiene más de 100 escuelas afiliadas alrededor del mundo, inclusive en China. En el mundo hispano George Dillman tiene afiliados como el grandmaster Hernan Fung quien reside en Costa Rica.



Wing Chun escrito también Ving Tsun, Wing Tsun, Win Tzun, Ving Chun, Wing Tjun y Wing Tsjun; dependiendo de la escuela u organización que lo enseñe, es el arte marcial chino más famoso y divulgado en occidente así como un sistema de defensa personal perteneciente a las Artes Marciales de China. Está constituido por 6 elementos técnico- tácticos interrelacionados, o formas en solitario, con implementos y con armas, y trabajo en parejas; estos elementos son: Siu Nim Tau; Chum Kiu; Biu Jee; Muk Yan Yong; Look Dim Boon Kwan y Baat Jam Dao.



El Hung Gar es un sistema de kung fu desarrollado en el siglo XVII, es considerado un sistema Nam Pai, esto es de los sistemas del sur de China (Hung gar, Mok Gar, Choy Gar, Lau Gar y Li Gar). Su traducción es "boxeo de la familia Hung", y se basa en el boxeo del tigre y la grulla. 



San Da  o San shou  es un arte marcial chino contemporáneo y un sistema de defensa personal. El San Da es la modalidad deportiva y competitiva del Kung - Fu en la categoría de "Combate", en el cual se encuentran técnicas de golpes (que se conforma con golpes de Nan Quan y patadas de Chan Quan) y el proyecciones (conformado por proyecciones de lucha tradicional china o Shaui Chiao y por llaves del sistema Qin-Na o Chin-Na). Los torneos de Shan Da están reconocidos por la Federación Internacional de Wushu como una de las dos disciplinas que integran este deporte. El San Da fue desarrollado por el Ejército Chino como decisión directa del Gobierno Chino. Se estudiaron varios estilos tradicionales de lucha, como el Lei Tai y se combinaron con técnicas modernas. Así, se puede ver el San Da como una síntesis de las técnicas de kungfu tradicionales en un sistema más heterogéneo y flexible. El San Da pone su énfasis en potenciar la habilidad de lucha en situaciones reales, más que en desarrollar la habilidad para conseguir formas elaboradas de combate. Como forma de defensa personal desarmada, incluye derribos, patadas, puñetazos, estrangulamientos y bloqueos. Como deporte, se practica en torneos, en los que están prohibidas algunas de las técnicas mencionadas arriba (especialmente las llaves que producen asfixia o bloquean al adversario). Además se puede eliminar al adversario expulsándolo fuera del ring.



Choy Lee Fut (cantonés) o Cai Li Fo (mandarín), es un arte marcial china fundada en 1836 por Chan Heung Choy Lee Fut fue nombrado en honor al monje budista Choy Fook (Cai Fu) que le enseñó Choy Gar, Li Yau-San que le enseñó Li Gar, y su tío Chan Yuen-Wu que le enseñó Fut Gar, en honor a Buda después de lo cual fue nombrado el arte. El sistema combina varias técnicas de artes marciales del Norte y del Sur de China de kung-fu; la mano poderosa y brazo de las técnicas del Shaolin formas de animales del Sur, junto con la circular movimientos extendida, torcer el cuerpo, y trabajo de pies ágiles que caracteriza a los artes marciales del Norte de China. Se considera un estilo exterior, combinando técnicas blandas y duras, así como la incorporación de una amplia gama de armas como parte de su plan de estudios. Choy Lee Fut es un sistema de auto defensa eficaz sobre todo destaca por la defensa contra los atacantes múltiples. Contiene una gran variedad de técnicas, incluyendo golpes de corto alcance y largo plazo, patadas, barridos y barridos, punto de presión de los ataques, bloqueos de las articulaciones y de ataque



El jeet kune do, jeet kun do o jeet kuen dot. ‘el camino del puño interceptor’; JKD) es un sistema de artes marciales y una filosofía de vida desarrollada por Bruce Lee


Pai Tou Jia Kuntao: Los orígenes

PTJK: orígenes


La traducción literal de Pai Tou Jia Kuntao sería algo así como el camino o la vía del puño de la familia cabeza blanca, y más coloquialmente podría entenderse como el arte marcial de la familia ‘Cabeza blanca’.

Sus raíces las encontramos en Imua Shantung Kuntao, estilo que bebe de fuentes chino-indonesias y creado por Otto R. VanDerGroen.

Pai Tou Jia Kuntao (PTJK) comienza su andadura como estilo independiente en 1979 -año en el que muere Tai Sifu Otto- y al frente del cual encontramos a Eduardo Ojeda, alumno directo de éste.

A lo largo de los años, PTJK ha ido conformándose incorporando a Imua Kuntao ideas de otras familias y sistemas. En la actualidad PTJK engloba ideas chinas, indonesias y filipinas y su sede principal se encuentra en Tarragona.

Vemos necesario dejar claro que PTJK nada tiene en común con el actual ‘Imua Shantung Kuntao VanDerGroen’s system & method’ en cuanto a técnica y organización, aunque si mantiene una relación de reconocimiento y respeto mútuo.


Tengo curiosidad sobre el arte marcial kun tao 
Hay pocos maestros, instructores porque no se le conoce 
Como a otras artes marciales creo que no han publicado 
Ningún libro o DVD y la verdad es que lo poco que conozco 
Y e visto lo veo efectivo creo que tiene algo de Tai Chi ,wing chun
Y kali puede ser espero que me informen algo mas sobre este arte marcial
Y si es posible alguien entendido.




La Eskrima es un arte marcial filipino, también llamado Kali y Arnis, dependiendo de la región de Filipinas donde se practique. Aunque se basa en el uso de armas (principalmente bastones de madera de rattan de unos 70 cm de largo y una pulgada de diámetro llamados "olisi", y dagas) también incluye técnicas de combate cuerpo a cuerpo (conjunto de técnicas conocidas como "Mano Mano") como golpes y agarres (estos últimos forman el subconjunto de métodos de lucha cuerpo a cuerpo conocido como Dumog). La eskrima no es un arte marcial homogéneo, sino que se subdivide en varios estilos o escuelas, siendo una de las más importantes, debido a su tamaño y antigüedad, la escuela Doce Pares. El nombre Eskrima proviene del vocablo español esgrima y a los practicantes de este estilo de lucha se los llama eskrimadores.



Dumog es el estilo filipino, de lucha en posición vertical y se refiere al aspecto de agarre de las artes marciales filipinas, llamado Eskrima. Dumog es la palabra más comúnmente utilizada en Bisayas y Mindanao, mientras que la palabra Buno se utiliza en Luzón, específicamente en las provincias del sur, de habla tagala hasta Mindoro. [][]
Las técnicas abarcan una serie de empujes, tirones, cambios de peso y llaves de articulaciones diseñados para "mover" al adversario, a menudo aprovechando su peso y la dirección de su fuerza para hacerle perder el equilibrio.



La Kalavera Eskrima es un estilo filipino de artes marciales, desarrollado por Daniel Lamac. Se centra tanto en las fintas como en la capacidad física, estimulando la capacidad de encajar golpes mediante la respiración y el fortalecimiento muscular. Aunque el nombre eskrima, común a todos los estilos marciales filipinos, provenga del español "esgrima", la Kalavera Eskrima enseña tanto técnicas de mano vacía como de armas. Emplea desplazamientos tanto lineales como circulares, con arreglo a las características del adversario, y se destaca por buscar siempre el empuje para desequilibrar antes de la aplicación de llaves o proyecciones. Las patadas procuran socavar el equilibrio, y recurre al boxeo suntukan para debilitar el sistema locomotor, atacando brazos y piernas.



Buno es un sistema de lucha filipina como el Dumog. Hay varios estilos Buno, uno de los cuales es el Harimaw Buno. El Harimaw Buno, antes Harimaw Lumad (Rey de Lucha Tigre), es un estilo de Buno utilizado por los mangyans de Mindoro y los Aetas of Infanta, Quezon. Aunque por lo general el Buno usa proyecciones de pie, agarres de control, manipulación de articulaciones, derribos de golpeo, y técnicas de lucha de suelo, el artista marcial también puede utilizar armas. Las armas que el practicante puede utilizar son cuchillos, lanzas, arco y flechas. Sin embargo, el arma principal utilizada es la “lubid” o soga de cuatro pies de largo. ]


Ya que este arte marcial fue desarrollado por las tribus indígenas filipinas, el Buno tiene una serie de métodos de entrenamiento poco ortodoxos. El entrenamiento utiliza entrenamiento en lodo, con canoas, con troncos, lucha Tamaraw y el trepar a los árboles.


El Kuntao de Indonesia


Juan Rafael Carvallo

En Indonesia se practica un arte marcial llamado el Kuntao, que traduce el camino del puño, aunque esta palabra también sirve para denominar a todas aquellas artes marciales que se originaron en el sur de Asia, principalmente aquellas en el archipiélago indonesio, sus estilo peculiar y el cual se adapta muy fácilmente a la defensa personal, proviene de la mezcla de estilos como el Kali, el Kung Fu y el Silat.

Al igual que artes marciales como el Aikido, el Kuntao esta enfocado más hacia el entrenamiento del individuo, que hacia la competencia. Y sus técnicas eran obtenidas en transmisiones de maestros a estudiantes, por muchas generaciones y de esta manera eran protegidos los movimientos de determinada familia, dentro del Kuntao podemos encontrar distintos estilos como el  Malabar Kuntao Silat y el  Talio Kuntao.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kuntao (Chinese拳道) is a Hokkien term for martial arts created by the Chinese community of Southeast Asia, particularly the Malay Archipelago. Literally meaning "way of the fist", the word kuntao more accurately translates as "fighting art." Although it is most commonly practiced in Indonesia among the Chinese Indonesian communities, styles of kuntao are also practiced in SingaporeMalaysia (especially Borneo) and the Philippines, where Chinese martial arts were brought by merchants, labourers and other settlers fromsouth China. The styles had to be adapted to different terrain, competing against local styles and fighting with local weapons. Many (if not most) styles of kuntao have incorporated techniques from silat and some forms even changed their name from "kuntao" to "silat". Styles which combine both kuntao and silat together are sometimes called kuntao silat.

Kuntao was once practiced in secrecy and passed down through families; many schools continue to maintain an air of secrecy around their training techniques. It was kept hidden not only from non-Chinese, but also from people of differing clans. Although a few non-Chinese in Southeast Asia are known to have historically learned kuntao, this only became widespread in the latter half of the 20th century. During the colonial period, kuntao was brought to Mindanao by ethnic Chinese from Indonesia, and is associated mainly with theTausug tribe.

Old styles of kuntao are today considered by modern day practitioners to be "true" Chinese martial arts because they predate the Shaolin Temple's destruction. With the advent ofMixed Martial Arts in the United States, the art has begun to approach mainstream dissemination. Even so, few traditional kuntao schools exist in the United States today and it is little known in the West.




  • Kuntao Harimau Jawa is the traditional Javanese Tiger style of Kuntao. One of its main tenets is a mantra which practitioners chant to acquire the attributes of a tiger.
  • Kuntao Angin or Silat Angin (meaning "wind kuntao/silat") was founded in 1977 by Yap Mat from KedahMalaysia by combining seni gayong with the knee and elbow strikes oftomoi, the hand techniques of Wing Chun and the energy drills of yiquan. It is known for its deceiving circular attacks and nerve point manipulations.
  • Kuntao Mantis was founded in London early 1978 by Gerry Tann, an Indonesian from Sumatra. It consists of two branches, Kuntao and Northern Mantis Fist.
  • Kuntao Silat deThouars was created by Willem deThouars by combining several styles of pencak silat and kuntao.
  • Talio American Kuntao was created by Roberto Torres based on Visitacion Kuntao, Wu Kung Kuntao, Pencak Silat Ratu Duri, Pencak Silat Pecut kilat, Silat Bondowoso, Pencak Silat Cimande, Pukulan Pencak Silat Serak, Pencak Silat Kweetang (Amerindo) and Pukulan Jepara. For more information visit: Talio American Kuntao
  • Ou-Dur Kuntao is a Taiwanese style introduced to the United States by Frank Masiello.
  • Kuntao Dumpag was founded by Ron Kosakowski. It is the only style of kuntao in the United States recognized by the Grand Kuntaoist Ali Sharief and the Kuntao council of the Marinaw tribes.
  • Gumnasia Kuntao Kali System is The Filipino Fighting Arts Practice and developed of the Lumad Tribe,Sandig of System AbiGuru;Arneil adong Salinde
  • Tou Ji Kei Kuntao (Chinese: 土耳其拳道) or Turkish Kuntaw is a martial system evolved under strong Southern Chinese Kung Fu influence.
  • Yihetuan Kuntao, or Harmonious Fist Kuntao is a Southeast Asian / Chinese Kuntao system taught by Sifu / Guro David Seiwert in USA.


Hola luchador: Es cierto que Kuntao es poco conocido,no hay DVD,pero si hay un libro publicado por Donn F. Draeger "The weapons and fighting arts of indonesia", muy completo, yo siempre lo recomiendo a quien este interesado en las artes marciales de Indonesia.En Kuntao puedes encontrar estilos muy variados, con influencias muy distintas, que abarcan desde el tai chi,pak mei chow gar,mantis de sur,wing chun.etc .y se mezclan o reinterpretan con el silat,en mi caso son ideas chinas ,indonesias y filipinas.No existen cursillos ni competicion,es un estilo familiar que prefiere mantenerse poco dispersado.
Espero haber respondido a tu curiosidad.
Un saludo.
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Parangal Dance Co. performing Langka Kuntao at 14th AF-AFC 2.JPG

KunTao (Kun Tao / Kuon Tao) es una palabra genérica que se refiere a los sistemas de artes marciales chinos que se practican actualmente en el Sureste de Asia. En las Filipinas, se practica también un arte del mismo nombre con similares raíces (el KunTaw).

Este arte marcial " Kun Tao " viene de los enfrentamientos de Indonesia Y China. A lo cual China utilizaba una maestria " Kun Fu " Y indonesia utilizaban com defensa el " cali " y el " silat "

En China, esta denominación se aplica a qualquier sistema de pelea o boxeo chino. El término tiene como origen dos palabras: Kun/Quan (chuan en cantonés) = "Puño", y Fa (Faat en cantonés) = "Método", "modo" o "ley". Es interesante notar que el ideograma “Tao” no se utiliza en el término tradicional como parte de la palabra Kun Tao, pero aun cuando se utilizan los ideogramas Kun y Fa, el término Kun Tao es el que se expresa.

Wu Shu, Shaolin Chuan y Wing Chung, como ejemplos, son Kun Do. La palabra Kung Fu es incorrectamente atribuida al Boxeo Chino. Kung Fu significa literalmente “Maestría” y no “Arte Marcial”.

Es entonces importante establecer la diferencia entre el uso de la palabra "Kun Do" en China, y el uso de la misma (KunTao) en el sureste de Asia y en Occidente (Europa y América).

Mezcla el kung fu, el kali y el silat. No hay kimono específico para este arte marcial (pero normalmente suele ser ropa de color negro) ya que no está enfocado a la competición sino a la defensa personal.

Difundido durante siglos por mercaderes chinos, existen estilos de kuntao en IndonesiaMalasia (particularmente Borneo), FilipinasSingapur y otros países.

Habiendo sistemas locales de pelea en estos países surasiáticos, como es el Silat y el Kali (Arnis/Iscrima) en las Filipinas, el KunTao identifica particularmente entonces a los sistemas chinos que se practican en estos países, diferenciándolos de los locales. KunTao no es Silat, ni tampoco Kali. Sin embargo, el KunTao, o los sistemas de pelea chinos practicados por los imigrantes chinos a estos países, se “adapta” a las situaciones de combate locales.

Por razón a la guerra de revolución en Indonesia y extension de la independencia de Holanda, las personas de origen chino y holandes en Indonesia sufren de persecución racial y por lo mismo se fugan de Indonesia. Específicamente, KunTao se conoce en su mayoría en el Oeste (Europa y América) por motivo de la migración de estas personas, específicamente de origen Holandes-Indonesio, que llegan a Holanda y Estados Unidos en los años 60’s. Estos maestros holando-indonesios (Indos o Dutch-Indos en inglés) establecen escuelas, que son extensiones de los sistemas en sus países natales y en su mayoría continúan un contacto fraternal con sus raíces marciales.

En los Estados Unidos, las escuelas y sistemas enseñan abiertamente, cosa que no era posible en Indonesia. La práctica de KunTao en los países del Sureste de Asia no era deporte, sino sistemas combativos de defensa personal y por lo mismo, sumamente secretos y cerrados al público en general.

Personas como las familias VanDerGroen, DeThouars, Reeders, Terlinden, Ingram y otros son quienes establecieron la presencia de los sistemas indonesios en Estados Unidos y Europa, incluyendo a KunTao y Silat.



The universal problem in self-defense is that it is difficult for a potential student to realize the fact that there is such a vast difference in age, weight, height, and all around girth, as well as experience levels of people in all corners of the globe. How can anyone hope to hold ones own in any type of mortal combat? If one includes the use of weapons of every nature along with formidable surprise attack, the use of conventional methods of defense promises practically hopeless results. One only has to do a minimum amount of research to find there is no current teaching program that qualifies or prepares individuals for deathly circumstances.

Our definition of a surprise attacker is: an individual or group of individuals who pick the time, place, and way to "get" an innocent person. This kind of attacker is aware that if he were to get caught, he would become a convicted felon, and would probably go to prison; so he does not want to be identified, let alone caught.

The solution: only with total integration of the mental, physical and spiritual can one hope to come away unscathed. Our intention is to teach this integrated way and show others how to have exceptional, paranormal results that are usually associated with fables for the young. Without a doubt, a student who carefully follows our instructions will have the above-stated results in a very short time. Your purpose will start to be realized as you know you have to learn to attack the enemy's vital force -- that power that keeps each and every one of us alive.



Kuntao involves an introduction to the serious study in defense of one's physical, mental, and spiritual existence; one must not consider this a sport in any way until one has considered this is not a sport.

The Chinese word for street fighting is Kuntao, Kuntau, or Cuntao. Physically, its movements are composed of jumping and swinging shoulders with the body's joints and muscles locked in -- to form one unit. The exponent of Cuntao will strike his enemies before the enemies' minds can prepare for the pain. He stands sedate like a tree, then explodes into a force much like a tornado. The exponent will find himself behind the enemy without having been touched.

The Kuntaoist's hands are known as "fire hands" because of the searing kind of strikes he executes. The Kuntaoist believes that if he has just one finger on his body that will move, he has one finger he can kill with. Each part of his body is trained to be a deadly weapon. This philosophy coupled with the so-called "fire hands" creates a lethal operation, for if he can, at the very least, lightly touch his enemy with that finger, he will prevail.

The particular style we submit is called The Whip, where all strikes are delivered in a bull whip fashion (this is the first phase) and the body cracks like an alligator's tail. It is very fierce and meant to deal with the most severe attacks in a lethal way. The enemy will fall without having seen the means or methods of the strike.

The physical component of Kuntao is both very powerful and fast. The exponent of Kuntao trains the left side of the body for speed and the right side for power. The exponent trains his every day movements to be natural fighting movements. This system trains the Kuntaoist's kicks to step on the enemy's body, and his hands to strike in a similar way -- both staying with the enemy as he falls. We say that the enemy's body becomes our body. As a trained Kuntaoist, you will be able to run and fight without breaking stride as you move in triangular, square or circular patterns; backwards, forwards, sideways; through the air or on a ground.

Mentally, you picture with strong emotions. You believe you are facing an enemy who is attacking you or your loved ones. You are backed into a corner -- trapped, or backed to the edge of a cliff where one more backwards step will propel you into space and certain death. Inner mental visualization along with touch sensitivity sessions adds cognition to your automatic reflexes. You learn to fine tune your mind and its automatic functions so that it will move your body in a very special way in dangerous circumstances. As you progress, you will learn to circumvent the pain of disease or life's emotional battles. There are some 75 strictly mental exercises, including specific emotional exercises; and hundreds of reflex and reaction drills. Some of you will be privy to here.

Briefly we mention the highest form of animal training, which we call "The Change." It is a metamorphosis much like the proverbial were-wolf in folklore. To us, being one with a leopard, tiger, etc., is real. You are not a Kuntaoist without having this ability.

The highest form of self-defense attacks or defends against that part of your opponent that keeps him alive -- the very essence of his existence. This is that part of him that knows essentially what is right or wrong in any situation; it will keep him alive or let him die according to the laws by which all human existence is governed. Call this "Divine Law," if you will. This Law ignites your life force to attack the opponent's life force. The knowledge of this begins your understanding of spiritual training.

The secret of being an expert in Kuntao lies in the spiritual training. As with the physical and mental aspects, there is a spiritual training system for the Kuntaoist to follow throughout the day, wherever he is. The highest form of Kung-Fu, Kuntao, Karate, or any martial art is called Huc Chung. This is an exclusive system where by contacting the eternal mind, the exponent can do whatever has to be done through prayer or meditation. The Kuntaoist has to live a prayer, knowing that everything in this world is totally dependent on the eternal mind. Yet, he has to work very hard ever day, believing simultaneously that everything in this world is dependent on himself. This is not religion. Faith without conscious and consistent results means nothing to us. When one truly contacts the eternal mind of which we are all a part of, one will have paranormal results and will be able to help others and have a say in the direction of his own fate.

Hwa Chóng (huc chung) literally means "the mind stops," as it was told and taught to me by Master Reeders. Huc Chung is the highest form of Kun Tao. Without Huc Chung, there is no Kun Tao. Huc Chung is the secret way. Master Reeders could cause the death of an enemy as the enemy was asleep, by the use of his mind alone. This is the way I learned (see documentation).

Using Hwa Chóng techniques, you learn to use a variety of mental/spiritual exercises during your every day existence. Once trained, you will be able to use your mind to stop another person's mind from:

  1. Thinking clearly

  2. Seeing clearly

  3. Seeing or thinking totally -- your enemy will be knocked out for a short period of time. He will remain standing, but he will be unable to see, hear or move until after you have defended yourself from him. 

You will also be able to cause your enemy to:

  1. Fall unconscious.

  2. Go into a coma.

  3. Die (see documentation).

Hwa Chóng gives the Kuntaoist a Spiritual Shield which protects his physical body from harm. It is written:

"He who knows how to live can walk among tigers and rhinos because they have no place to pierce or maul him because there is no place for death to enter."

Tao Te Sun


Filipino Martial Arts

 Kun Tao Dumpag

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Kun Tao/Kuntao Dumpag as taught by Ron Kosakowski

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  For the amount of finger manipulation techniques there are in Kun Tao, it could be considered an art form with in itself!Kun Tao Dumpag is an ancient Filipino warrior system considered to be indigenous to the Philippines that consists of a very vicious approach to engaging in a conflict. This of course, makes Kun Tao extremely realistic, together with being a tremendously practical and efficient fighting martial art for modern time self-defense use. With various open hand striking methods and low line kicks combined with tearing at the

eyes, groin, lips and throat along with nerve attacks and joint destruction’s. These are  followed up with a variety of grabbing methods to a choice of take downs and off balancing methods that make this martial art very unique and lately, in big demand!


 The name "Kun Tao Dumpag"  was given to Ron Kosakowski by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. in the Philippines to personalize his own system. Kun Tao, as it is taught at the Practical Self Defense Training Center is definitely a style that has to be seen to be believed. Kun Tao Dumpag is the ONLY style of Kun Tao in the United States recognized by the Grand Kuntaoist Ali Sharief andRon and Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje with the council of Kuntao Grand Masters from the Tausag and Maranao tribes in the Philippines

the Kuntao council of Grand Masters of the Maranaw and Maguindanao tribes in Mindanao, Philippines.


Everyone who has looked at this Kun Tao style usually wants to learn the whole system due to the fact that it is a great science and you definitely reach those stages where you can feel the progression within yourself as time goes on. It is a feeling This is a favorite takedown for most Kun Tao can easily get addicted to because it feels good to have that feeling of accomplishment. After every rank advancement test, that is especially a time where everyone feels better in both mind and body about their skills in Kun Tao; a progression is very noticeable. Each test is very stressful requiring some good endurance and mental stability. It is very mentally and physically demanding but worth while achieving due to the gains!


Kun Tao Dumpag is a grappling range fighting style, but not a wrestling The end result is usually a fatal one in Kun, due to the fact that all joint manipulation and off balancing your opponents body is usually accomplished with pain compliance to help gain leverage advantage over an opponent. In other words, it is most effective in the clench. People at a higher level of skill can control an individual rather easily without pain compliance. Of course, that depends on the situation at the time.


Kun Tao has a major influence of many of the empty hand combat methods throughout the Southeast Asian area including Malaysian and Indonesian Silat in addition to the empty hands like Pangkamut, Panantukan. You can see some the resemblances in the empty hand aspects of Kali/Dumog, though you can definitely see what gives Kun Tao its individualistic distinctiveness. Due to the many levels of extremes this system can be brought to, it is found to be a favorite among military personnel, police, correctional officers. This style of Kun Tao is especially useful for women looking for a self-defense system to train in that doesn't just give them a false sense of security and will work in all possible street oriented confrontations. It is hard to find a martial art style that preserves ancient fighting methods that can fit in modern time altercations now a days! Kun Tao Dumpag is without a doubt that style!

Kun Tao Dumpag has been taught to law enforcement and military personnel all over the US for many years!
Below, you can see Kun Tao Dumpag is being taught to the Special Action Force Commandos in the Philippines by Ron Kosakowski.



Below you can see the knife throwing methods unique to Kuntao/Kun Tao Dumpag. Notice the precise body positioning during each throw!



"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."



Kuntao es el término usado por los chinos para denominar a las Artes Marciales originarias del sur de Asia, concretamente del archipiélago malayo.
El término Kuntao se traduce como “El Camino del Puño” y es muy común en Indonesia, pero se practica en Singapur, Malasia (especialmente en Borneo) y en Filipinas.
En el Kuntao hay técnicas del Silat, y fue adaptada su práctica de acuerdo al terreno y a los Estilos marciales contrarios que se practicaban en cada lugar.
Su parentesco con el Silat es muy grande, en algunos lugares es llamado Kuntao-Silat. Aún así el Kuntao tiene identidad propia con influencias del Silat al igual que tantas Artes Marciales que por suerte evolucionaron gracias a influencias externas, sin perder identidad pero con seguridad enriqueciendo el Arte.
Al igual que muchas Artes Marciales, el Kuntao era transmitido de generación a generación y las técnicas eran secretas en cada familia. Obviamente las técnicas del Kuntao eran exclusivamente para los chinos, pero debían permanecer siempre en el mismo clan. Su enseñanza a los extranjeros comenzó a mediados del siglo XX. Aún así no son muchos los extranjeros formados en el Arte del Kuntao.
El Kuntao no tiene un origen cierto en cuanto a fechas ni fundadores, si se sabe que es un Arte Marcial muy antiguo, incluso anterior al surgimiento del templo Shaolin. Es una gran recopilación de técnicas muy efectivas que buscan terminar el combate rápidamente, sin acrobacias ni movimientos superfluos.
Dentro del Kuntao existen diversas Escuelas o Estilos que cuentan con influencias externas al Arte o modificaciones de sus fundadores.
Por ejemplo el Kuntao Silat de Thouars creado por Willem de Thouars que combinó técnicas del Pencak Silat con técnicas tradicionales delKuntao practicado en Indonesia.
El Malabar Kuntao Silat fue creado por Steve Gartin, alumno de Willem de Thouars, este Estilo es muy similar al de Willem de Thouars pero más estructurado y con una división muy clara entre las técnicas externas e internas, es a veces llamado Kuntao Silatamericano.
El Talio Kuntao fue creado por Roberto Torres, basado en varios Estilos de SilatWu Kung Tao y Arnis, el estudio de todos estos Estilos le permitió a su creador sintetizar sus conocimientos e integrarlos en un solo Estilo.
El Liu Seong Kuntao fue creado por Willem Reeders basado principalmente en sus estudios realizados en Indonesia.
Un Estilo popular de Kuntao es el fundado por el Maestro Yap Mat en 1977, denominado Kuntao Angin (Kuntao del Viento), el Estilo fue creado a partir de conocimientos del Silat y de las veloces técnicas de manos del Wing Chun Kung Fu. Este Estilo se caracteriza por sus ataques y movimientos circulares, además cuenta con técnicas de manipulación de nervios y manejo de la energía vital.
El Kuntao al tener claras influencias del Silat, también posee su apartado de armas tradicionales que también se adaptaron al terreno de práctica.
Si bien el Kuntao no es tan conocido en occidente debido a su poca difusión, afortunadamente grandes Maestros occidentales formados en oriente actualmente están haciendo un gran trabajo en la expansión del Kuntao.



Original Name: 
Kuntao, Kuntaw, Gongdao (mandarin)
Founded By: 
Chinese community of Southeast Asia
Country of Origin: 

Kuntao is a unique style of martial art, which basically originated from China; however it is also popular in other countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. This fighting style mainly involves the techniques for maintaining a perfect coordination of the body parts especially the hands and the limbs. Most of its moves are based on the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat or locking the leg of the person you are fighting with. Gradually with the advent of other mixed techniques, it started incorporating in the prevailing group throughout several terrains.

There are various popular styles of kuntao. Among these Kuntao angin or Silat is one of the most common style of Kuntao. It basically combines several other families of martial art techniques such as Silat Seni Gayong, Tomoi, Wing Chun and Yiquan. Yap Mat is the founder of this art style. It was originated in the year of 1977. Kuntao Silat De Thouars was introduced Willem De Thouars and hence the name. This style is famous in Europe and America. Liu Seong Kuntao is another Kuntao form founded by Willem Reeders. It is a derived form of mixed martial techniques. It mainly deals with the knowledge of using several weapons.

More information about style: 

The training of this art begins with learning the basic and simple moves without the use of any kind of weapons. Generally fighting with different weapons is taught in the later phases of the training program. The practitioners are also taught how to fight using ordinary stuffs like belt or a piece of cloth. The early stage of training includes practicing bare handedly, mostly using hands, limbs, and elbow. This basically involves acquiring knowledge of self defense techniques. Then the advanced learning methods are introduced in the training sessions, which implement the usage of various weapons like spear, parang, knife, tekpi and sticks.


Regular exercises are needed in order to maintain a proper balance between the body and the mind. Kuntao requires the mental stability along with a proper structured body. The main idea behind the winning strategies is to concentrate, while fighting against the opponent. Any kind of tension will result into fatigue, thus consequently physical power and strength can be reduced. It is not enough to just learn the moves, more important aspect to be emphasized upon is how to carry out the different moves in the right manner. This requires knowing the correct alignment or body posture while applying different moves.


Combining the right physical condition and mind stability is the key to success in order to achieve perfect proficiency in the area of martial arts. Skilled professionals suggest staying calm and concentrated while fighting. One should be able to generate great amount of energy within short course of time. A continuous chain of kicks and punches is more effective in slowly diminishing the opponent’s power. While applying any moves, one should keep in mind that, the moves should be sudden with lot of energy embedded within. Many practitioners make a large sound saying “Di” during the attacks. This sound should be produced simultaneously with the attack. This also helps in destabilizing the opponent’s mental stability and making the enemy almost paralyzed for a short while. Thus, by performing Kuntao with proper strength and right manner is the secret of achieving excellence in this field.


The term 'Kuntao' is a concept around which there has always been a great deal of uncertainty and debate. Is is usually described as a generic term used in much of Southeast Asia to designate martial arts of Chinese origin, the term deriving from the Fujian Chinese (Hokkienese) words for 'fist' (kun) and way or method (tao), although the term is often (see below). Kuntao is one of a number of martial arts styles found in Indonesia and Malaysia, coastal Thailand and the Western Philippines, including pukulansilat, and pencak (these latter two generally being treated together as 'Pencak-Silat in contemporary parlance). However, the term Kuntao is not really equivalent to saying 'Kung Fu' or 'Wu Shu' (Chinese terms for martial arts) for in many cases Kuntao arts from Southeast Asia have diverged from their Chinese origins far enough to be considered distinct arts in their own rights. The relationship between Kuntao and the indigenous Indo-Malay martial arts found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the western Philippines is far from clear. One scholar, Bruce A. Haines asserted of Kuntao, Silat and Pukulan that the terms 'refer to variations of the same Indonesian style that have developed in different geographical areas of the Indonesian archipelago'1 while Donn F. Draeger stressed the distinction between Kuntao and Silat, remarking vaguely that 'Kun-tao [sic] may have influenced pencak-silat and bersilat ... [p]erhaps the reverse is also true....'2. Draeger has also noted the existence of Kuntao systems which, with an eye towards integration into Indonesian society, redesignated themselves as forms of Silat. Bluntly, most commentators are not all that clear on what kuntao means, let alone what kind of martial arts it denotes.

The term Kuntao is in fact a loan-word used in the Austronesian language variants common to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Eastern Thailand and the Philippines to refer to martial arts, sometimes, but not always, of Chinese origin. It derives from a Hokkienese (Fujianhua) idiom, kun tao () literally translated as 'fist way' but really an idiomatic generic meaning 'martial arts'. One encounters these same words romanised in a variety of different ways, such as koontao, kuntau and kun thau as well as kuntao. It is roughly equivalent to the Mandarin (Guoyeu) Chinese generic terms 'wushu', 'kuoshu' and 'chuan fa'. Because of a common idiomatic meaning, many commentators often inaccurately claim that kuntao is the Hokkien reading of the characters for chuan fa (), pronounced ken fat in Cantonese (Guangdonghua), and pronounced in Japanese variously as kenpo or kempo, although obviously the terminal character Tao (), meaning Way, philosophy or doctrine, is not the same as Fa () meaning rule or method.

Roughly speaking, there are four different referents for the term 'kuntao' in the Indo-Malay and Philippino usage, and distinguishing them depends heavily upon context. Kuntao can mean variously1:

  1. 'Pure' idiomatic Hokkienese, a generic meaning 'martial arts', roughly comparable to wushu or chuan fa in idiomatic terms (but not literally identical).
  2. As a loan word into Bahasa, also employed as a generic to mean martial art, e.g. Draeger's report of silat bakhti negara also being referred to as 'kuntao bali'.
  3. To refer to transitional arts which are consciously combinations of Chinese and Indonesian techniques and methods, but which still retain some (possibly, but not necessarily, a majority of) consciously Chinese elements.
  4. Totally integrated (Indonesianised/Malay-ified, whatever) styles which have completely abandoned any Chinese references apart from a vestigial use of the name. These are often indistinguishable from conventional silat, except insofar as specific movements or principles are of particularly Chinese origin.

There are, of course, many systems which would fit (3) or (4) but that opt for political or practical reasons to designate themselves as silat arts rather than forms of kuntao.