Kun Tao Silat de Thouars is composed of both Chinese Kun Tao and lndonesian Pencak Silat.
KunTao, variously spelled “kuntao” or “kuntaw” has best been described as “old kung fu”. It is that archaic form of Chinese Martial Arts that has largely remained untouched with the passage of time, practiced within the isolated Chinese ethnic enclaves of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The fundamental roots of Kun Tao may be found in the Chinese lnternal Martial Arts of Hsing le, Tai Chi, and Pa Kua.
Pencak Silat, also spelled “Pentjak Silat”, are the styles of indigenous Martial Arts of the lndonesian archipelago. There are literally hundreds of local styles of this highly regionalized art.
Below are listed some of the styles that comprise the study of Willem de Thouars and the influences on Kun Tao / Silat de Thouars. And after that a comprehensive list of the forms and their history that are taught to its exponents.
A combination of Cimande, Sera, and Cikalong. Three forms complete the entire system:
- Djuru Satu
- Djuru Dua
- Langka Tiga
Kuntao Basic Forms
These three forms will give a good basic understand for the Kuntao scholar. There are two southern systems that stress strong stances.
- Poong | Fukien Kuntao
- Pai Tsing | Shantung Kuntao
- Ling Sing Toi | Dragon Tail form
Kuntao Animal Forms
The TEN animal forms represent a broad overview of shaolin based animal forms. In presenting the forms, it is more important to express the animal’s “attitude” than it is to peform the movements correctly.
- Pai Yun | Tiger descending mountain
- Tong Long Tai | Northern Mantis
- Walang Garong | Small Mantis
- Fan Tze | Eagle Claw
- Pok Sai | Dragon
- Langka Monjet | Monkey footwork form
- Fuchien Quyen – From Sigung Tan Tong Liang. A combination of tiger, stork and dragon.
- Fu Jow Quyen | Tiger
- Ooler Quyen | Snake
- Ha Ka Quyen | Combined animal form of the Ha Ka community
Combinations of the three internal systems – Pa Kua, Hsing I, and Tai Chi.
- Ie Shing Po I
- Ie Shing Po II
- Puter Ungon | Turning wind
- Green Dragon Ba Gua
The 12 djurus of Cimande represent the full spectrum of upper body motion in this system of silat. The djurus may appear short but to truly understand the movements can take a lifetime.
- 21 Djurus
- 12 Langkas