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We are the only certified Lineage holders of the VanDerGroen Family Ancestral Tradition, their system and method. This site is dedicated to
the family of our founding teacher
Tai Sifu Otto R. VanDerGroen and in particular to, and the children of the late “Lie Gai” Mr. Edgar F.
VanDerGroen and Mrs. Adele VanDerGroen (“Pap” and Mom VanDerGroen)
The fruit of their work, customs and dedication has passed unto us in the form of this great discipline we call Imua ShanTung KunTao. More
than a Martial art style, they showed us a rich and rewarding way of life. We thank them for the good that comes to us because of their family’s
Tai Sifu Otto R. VanDerGroen
Otto R. VanDerGroen was born in Bandung Indonesia November 16 1940. He was the son of the legendary fighter, Edgar VanDerGroen, known to the KunTao
community as Mr. Lie Gai. Mr Lie Gai was a master in KunTao, but also had attained ranks in some Silat styles. The biographies of both are very intertwined
since they shared a love for KunTao and contributed to each others efforts in a very significant way. More than a formal father and son relationship, these two
shared a special friendship. Tai Sifu Otto begun his training from his father when he was only but 5 years old. At the early age of 12 he was considered to be
specially gifted. By the age of 16 he was already teaching.
Besides the great fortune of having such a legendary fighter as his father and teacher, the young VanDerGroen benefitted from the respect and trust his
father commanded. Because of this, many of the great KunTao teachers of the area taught him without reserve. Another of his outstanding teachers was uncle,
known as the Indonesian “Tarzan”, because of the prowess he demonstrated during the second world war Japanese occupation of Indonesia.
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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
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.
For more information, on courses on KunTao Silat de Thouars or to findSeminar information please call, write or E-mail one of the teachers listed on the "Teacher Page" of this site.
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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
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.
One of Three of Willem de Thouars' longest term disciples, reveals secrets and principles of Indonesian and Chinese martial arts and demonstrates methods and techniques for
incorporating KunTao Silat martial art principles into the modern American lifestyle.
Friends and associates.Karate, Kung 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.
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.
Kuntao Silat de Thouars
This blog is a collection of thoughts, descriptions of training and strange typing of a Teacher/ Practitioner in the Indonesian and Chinese martial art of Kuntao Silat
de Thouars as learned from Bapak Willem de Thouars, or as I and his other inner circle students affectionately refer to him, "Uncle Bill."
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
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.
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.
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
Timeis 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 Timechronicles
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.
Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Price: $14.99 U.S.
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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".
This series of movements lookssimilar 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.
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.
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
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.
TAI CHI CHUAN
El TÃ ijíquán (también llamado Tâ€™ai-Chi-Châ€™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 RepÃºblica 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.
SANDA , SANSHOU
San DaÂ o San shouÂ 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 LI FUT
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 mÃºltiples. 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
JEET KUNE DO
El jeet kune do, jeet kun do o jeet kuen dot. â€˜el camino del puño interceptorâ€™; JKD) es un sistema de artes marciales y una filosofía de vida desarrollada por Bruce Lee
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.
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 Singapore, Malaysia (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 Kedah, Malaysia 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
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.
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 "
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
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
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.
INTRODUCTION TO ANY INTERNAL BOXING SYSTEM
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
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
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:
Go into a coma.
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."
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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 KuntaoistAli Sharief and
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 you 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 art, 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
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
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
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 ArteMarcial 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 Silat, Wu
KungTao y Arnis, el estudio de todos estos Estilos le permitió a su creador sintetizar sus conocimientos e integrarlos en un solo
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
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.
Kuntao, Kuntaw, Gongdao (mandarin)
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
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 pukulan, silat,
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:
'Pure' idiomatic Hokkienese, a generic meaning 'martial arts', roughly comparable to wushu or chuan fa in idiomatic terms (but not literally identical).
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'.
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.
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.
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