Malabar KunTao Silat

Malabar KunTao Silat has seven levels of progress to GuruMuda, six to Practitioner.

Malabar KunTao Silat is a traditional Indo/Chinese system codified by Steve Gartin from the teachings of Willem de Thouars. In this 15 minute video below you will see all the forms for the Malabar System performed by the top KunTao Silat experts in the world. Filmed by Steve Gartin: Willem de Thouars, Phillip Sailas, Randall Goodwin, Chuck Stahman, Dave Anderson, Marcello Rainero, and Ted Garcia perform the first seven forms of the Malabar System. The complete Malabar Forms DVD contains applications for all the forms except Djurus Satu, which is a complete DVD covering applications of all the movements in Djurus Satu. Both are included in the Ten DVDs of the Guru Certification Course or the Ten Videos available for download.

Level One: LegWork & HandWork – First we train the stances, so they can be incorporated into the daily life and movements of the student.  Basic HandWork is then added to the stances and incorporated into movement drills.

Weapons:  Traditionally, the blade and the stick are the weapons of choice.

Malabar KunTao Silat Forms 

Level Two: Djurus Satu – First Form   Having practiced the stances and hand movements from Level One, the student now begins to study traditional choreographed form which carries the combat knowledge from the Indonesian lineage and provides a means of personal practice any where and any time.  Djurus Satu is very direct, explosive and offensive.  The best defense being a strong offense, Djurus Satu teaches effective self defense understanding and training.

Level Three: Lanka Dua – The Flower   Non-confrontation is always the most effective way to deal with aggression.  It takes longer to develop and even longer to refine, so the student receives the initial training early in their KunTao Silat development.

Serak Djurus 1-8  As Lankas Dua, Serak Silat is purely silat and compliments and expands the practitioner’s perspective of the silat arts.

Level Four: Lanka Monjet – The Monkey   With hands and legs now integrated, the student now develops leg strength and mobility of uncommon proportions.  The Monkey provides enlightenment in movement unlike any other animal.

Level Five: Pai Yun – The Shaolin Black Tiger   With the leg strength now developed, the Tiger provides hitting, grappling, tearing , ripping and smashing techniques and training methods and another style of applying the legwork.

Ling Sing Toy – Shaolin Twin Dragon Preying Mantis  Precision hitting and furious speed are now added to the student’s arsenal of martial skills.  Timing, precision and control are honed in this level.

Level Six: Po Style Kuntao {I Shing Po ~ Po Qua Zen ~ Tai Keah}  The Indonesian Shaolin version of the Chinese internal martial arts.

  • At this point, the student has reached Practitioner Level and can continue practice for a life time without ever needing further instruction, although seminars and workshops will always be available. When the Student becomes a Practitioner a world of options opens.  The parent arts of KunTao Silat and over a hundred classical forms are available for deeper study and the Practitioner is urged to experiment in the areas of their interest and ability.

Level Seven: GuruMuda {Young Teacher}

This training prepares a Practitioner to teach.  We find many who currently teach come to us with the desire to teach the Family System from the beginning of their training.  In such a case, the elements of teaching are built into that Student’s training from the start.  Conducting a Practice Group is one of the requirements for advancement to Guru Muda, including applications of the forms and training exercises and Inner Circle membership are also required. This is recommended for everyone, but only required for the Guru Muda level.

There are Three Ways to Join the Guru Certification Home Learning Course:




Current GCC Members can subscribe to the Inner Circle for fast-track training options: https://www.kuntaosilat.com/product/basic-inner-circle-subscription-gcc-members-only/

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