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Welcome to the KunTao Silat fellowship

Our goal is to provide access to practical, effective and efficient martial arts training. KunTao Silat was once only available to a chosen few, now the knowledge of generations of warriors is available to you, your friends and loved ones as well.

This web site is dedicated to sharing the value of this rare and wonderful martial life style.

KunTao Silat offers a unique opportunity to train both your mind and body simultaneously. There are many activities that can make you stronger, more flexible, improve your cardiovascular system. All things you can achieve through the KTS training program.

KunTao Silat as an exercise integrates both the mind and body into the constant training. Yes, you become stronger, more flexible, healthier as you mature in KunTao Silat training but you also learn to integrate your mind/body connection leading to a stronger mind and healthier body enabling you more efficiently to pursue the Spiritual connection.

KunTao Silat is much more than just exercise. It gives you the knowledge and ability to truly understand self defense and to give you the honed tools to effect that understanding in the real world or mortal combat. The confidence that comes from knowing that you can protect yourself improves your entire life; your play, your work, your relationships with others. Everyone has their own reason for training: for health, for self defense, for fun. KunTao Silat training is unique in that it can offer all of those aspects and others you may never have considered. No matter your age or interest, KunTao Silat supplies a unique training experience that will transform your life if you dedicate yourself to the constant training we reveal in this Distance Learning/Guru Certification Program.

What is KunTao Silat?

KunTao Silat is a term first coined in America by Steve Gartin & Chas Clements, the first generation of students from the practitioners of Dutch-Indonesian descent. The term honors both the Chinese and Indonesian teachers that influenced this art. There are a plethora of styles either KunTao or Silat that come from the spice islands. Many of these systems are mixed systems, yet due to cultural prejudice are often referred to as KunTao (Chinese) or Silat (Indonesian).

KunTao Silat is the product of Dutch-Indonesian teachers, the de Thouars Brothers, who because of their unique position in Indonesian society were able to cross over and learn from both the Chinese and Indonesian teachers and the Internal basics of the famous U. Un Surya, a Chinese GrandMaster. The KunTao Silat Association teaches a martial art that has its origins in West Javanese martial arts.

The Distance Learning Program and Guru Certification Course have two branches, one for the practitioner starting early enough in life to train the low stances that are Signature of the Pre-WWII Indo/Chinese martial arts of kuntao and silat, and another for more mature practitioners.

 The Malabar KunTao Silat System is a very difficult art and hard training is one of the first pre-requisites. This is the obvious evolution for the Young Black Belt looking for higher education in the martial arts.

American KunTao Silat is designed for the working American who must balance a career, Family and physical fitness/self-protection into a modern life style. American KunTao Silat provides a realistic approach to increasing health, providing effective self-protection, developing mental and physical focus, training through injuries and developing your personal Martial LifeStyle predicated upon your prior training, chronic injuries and goals.

 In the American spirit of freedom and the universal need of humanity to express each individual soul as separate and distinct, the KunTao Silat DistanceLearning/Guru Certification Program provides a foundation of solid basics from which each individual practitioner chooses from a vast ocean of martial acumen to build their own personal Martial LifeStyle. Building the basic training mechanisms into their daily life, KTS Practitioners progress through several levels of Indonesian and Chinese Martial arts to arrive at Practitioner or Guru Muda level from whence their individual journey commences.

  Here is a short collection of videos of KunTao Silat. These videos will provide a glimpse into the unique world of KunTao Silat.


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There are 12 Sigung Instructors of the Willem de Thouars Branch of the family Arts in the world.  Most practitioners will not have personal accessKunTao Silat Logo to the top level teachers of KunTao Silat.  However, there are many PracticeLeaders around the world who are working toward Guru Certification and conduct training sessions in their neighborhood.  You are all welcome to join the fun.  It costs two hundred bucks to join and Six DVDs are included to provide the practice material required for advancement.  Proceed at your own pace.

Whenever you feel ready for the next level, you simply video your performance of the current level and upload it to the Testing Site for critique along with a hundred bucks.  When the Gurus are satisfied with your videoed performance of the level's material, even if it takes several exchanges, you will receive certification.  Once a year, the Distance Student should endeavor to either host or attend one or more of the Family Gatherings and Workshops.

The Distance Trainee also receives the following benefits:

There are no time requirements to limit your progress.  You can test for the next level any time you feel confident with your understanding of your current level.

Guru Certification Course Student Membership

Training is available to interested students. Entering the Guru Certification Course training program requires making a very special commitment to training. There is a saying in the martial arts world: Many are called, few are chosen. Throughout history, the only way to learn was from your village guru, family or friends who had a contact with a legitimate guru (teacher).

Today the world has changed. With modern transportation, the internet and video, it is now possible to gain training even if you are not located near an authorized school. To take part in this opportunity, all you have to do is pay $200 registration fee, which also provides you with the exclusive Six DVD Training Set, which includes all the requirements up to Practitioner Level in both American KunTao Silat and in Malabar KunTao Silat. 

Thereafter, DistanceLearning Students have access to all available DVDs at a 50% discount as well as the 12 GuruClasses with Grampa Bill for only $200.

From there you are on course. You will have to discipline yourself to train hard, practice the material, and then video yourself performing the material when you feel prepared to advance to the next level.

Your performance will be reviewed and you will receive corrections.  The $100 fee for each level of advancement covers corrections, refinements and official certification.

In addition to this, you will have access to KTS coaches via members only boards on the KunTao Silat Forum www.kuntaosilat.org/forum and for subscribers at the KunTao Silat Vimeo site www.vimeo.com/kuntaosilat where where Pak Steve teaches deeper elements of the systems by video .

To achieve certification, it is always best to attend seminars and workshops offered by the KTS gurus. 

This program is systematic and designed to teach you KunTao Silat, it will also instruct you on how to teach this art.

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Registration = $200

Registration fee includes an exclusive Ten DVD Training Set