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Kun Tao Dragon 8 Move Set

The Clear’s Kun Tao Silat Basic 8 Move Set utilizes a loaded position that capitalizes on compression and forward body motion to over run and go into and through the opponent.

To begin the Kun Tao Dragon Set stand with your feet parallel at shoulder width while facing forward.

Then, turn 90 degrees and face to the left. Lean slightly forward as if looking over the side of a steep cliff. Then, drop low enough that you can place your left forearm on top of your left thigh.

The toes of your right foot stay on the ground but pick up your right heel as high as you can so that you are ready to run or jump forwards due to the pressure on your toes.

All of your weight should be on your left leg and you want as much pressure as possible on the “loaded” right leg. If you pick up your left leg the right leg should pop you forward due to the pressure on it. This position resembles a runner poised and ready at the starting line.

All of the moves start and end in this loaded position with the exception of the Lift kick causing the practitioner to switch leg positions (the right leg has all the weight and the left becomes spring loaded) so that you can repeat the sequence on the other side of your body.

  • The 1st move is a spring loaded punch up with the whole body behind the punch.
  • The 2nd move is a punch down with a heavy forearm type of strike.
  • The 3rd move is an upward elbow with your forward elbow.
  • The 4th move is an elbow across with the back arm.
  • The 5th move is an upward (can be jumping) knee with the forward leg.
  • The 6th move is a cross knee with the back leg.
  • The 7th move is a shock kick where the front foot is kicking forward while the back foot moves up to replace the position the front foot was in. When the front foot sets down you are back in the Kun Tao Basic 8 stance one full move ahead of where you were before the kick.
  • The 8th move is a Lift Kick where your back foot is brought forward with your toes pulled back in order to spear or spike the opponent in the knee, groin, belly, (or throat if you are an advanced practitioner) with your foot. This kick is similar to a Push Kick in Thai Boxing.

In the Clear’s Kun Tao Dragon 8 Move Set you can also change sides / positions by stepping forward with the back foot so that your right leg now has your body weight and the left leg is loaded. You can also simply turn around 180 degrees by spinning on your toes or you can throw a Flip kick to turn 180 degrees.

We will be covering the Flip Kick in an upcoming Post

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Kun Tao Silat Intro

Many hundreds of books could be written and filled regarding Silat styles, Kun Tao styles and the interaction of these two extensive arts commonly referred to as Kun Tao Silat. Silat styles generally are indigenous to the islands although they have flavors in them from all over the far east including from India. Kun Tao styles are of Chinese origin and the literal translation of Kun Tao from Cantonese to English is Fist Way.

In the Indonesian archipelago you can find art forms that are purely Silat and there are art forms that are purely Kun Tao. More often than not there is some degree of mixture between the two arts. Sometimes this is acknowledged by the practitioners and sometimes it is not. When the mixture is evident (usually when the mix has more than 25% from each art) then the mixture is generally acknowledged because it is somewhat obvious to other martial artists of either style. As a result these styles are more and more often becoming known as a Kun Tao Silat style. Clear’s Silat is a Kun Tao Silat style and is officially recognized as such by other senior practitioners of the arts.

Many years ago, in order to help new students gain an understanding of the Kun Tao expression of compression and explosiveness along with the overwhelming attacking movement of the art I chose to place 8 basic movements that are found in most Kun Tao styles in Phase I of our program. These movements are also found and used very effectively in Silat and particularly in our Silat but in Silat the energetic expression of these movements is noticeably different than in most other arts. Please understand. An elbow is an elbow but there are many different ways and timings of when and how to use an elbow. My teacher and mentor Uncle Bill (Willem de Thouars) tends to say “different flavors”. Part of the idea being that they are all still flavors even though different.

The movements in our Basic 8 move set include body compression and release with extreme forward machine gun type attacking with whole body weight to over run into and through the opponents position. Included are 2 primary punches, 2 elbows, 2 knees and 2 kicks. I will detail these in the next post.

keep up the Good Training.

Programming an Attacker

Programming for fighting purposes is simply the idea of getting an opponent used to something and then doing something different so that it catches them by surprise.

There are quite a few different ways to program and catch someone. I will include a few examples here. Have your partner field your techniques while you are moving around them in a circular pattern.

1. Move rhythmically and then while continuing to move rhythmically hit to a different area than where you have been striking. For example: Throw a punch to the head followed by a kick to the leg several times in a row and then on the 3rd or 4th repetition throw a punch to hit the arm that your training partner has been blocking with.

2. Throw the same punch but use a broken rhythm so that your training partner knows that you are throwing a punch but they do not know when you are going to throw it so that they have to really focus and work on catching the punch. After a moment or two throw a surprise kick.

3. Move around your partner throwing a pattern of several hits and kicks and then throw something that is not in the pattern or / and that has a different timing in order to catch them by surprise.

A typical street programming strategy is to fake a hit and when they see how the victim is going to naturally react and how fast and if they stop (the most common reaction) then they throw a real hit designed to catch the intended victim.

In Clear’s Silat we have several different basic responses to the attempt to program in order to throw a successful sucker punch. I will include 2 of the basic strategies here:

The first is if the person attempts to throw a strike at us we either get moving away and / or around the person and do not stop until satisfied that we are safe or we simply attack the attacker’s feint and position as if it is real so that we can not so easily be sucker punched.

Staccato Rhythm

Staccato Rhythm is a rhythm that acts like a broken rhythm.

Staccato Rhythm is a very rapid and continuous stream of motion and tone like machine gun fire or a rapid drum beat. In class I like to use the example of 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1……… to make the point.

This pattern applied to fighting movement is a fighting rhythm because there is a pattern and all parties know when the next strike and the one after it will occur and the person using this pattern can mostly rest their mind because it is a pattern.

This pattern acts like a Broken rhythm because it is overwhelming and after a very brief period of time the person using the Staccato rhythm will get tired out. Staccato movement will tend to overwhelm the opponent which is something that a Broken Rhythm tends to do as well. A simple way to see this is to have your partner perform a reasonably complex (not simple abc, abc, abc type) pattern in the air and then the partner practicing the Staccato rhythm rapidly runs letting their feet make sound and hits their chest with their open hands making sound and moves very close to the partner performing the rhythm. As long as the partner performing the rhythmic motion is performing a complex enough rhythm then the tendency will be for their movement to get interrupted which may show as a speed up or slowing down or simply interrupted movement on the part of the person trying to maintain a rhythm.

Kun Tao tends to use Staccato Rhythm in its movement and there are quite a few fighting patterns that are trained in our style of Clear’s Kun Tao Silat using Staccato Rhythm.

Broken Rhythm

For fighting purposes Broken Rhythm refers to the idea of constantly changing your pace, your timing, your speed and what techniques you are throwing.

Examples of pace include walking, crawling (slow motion type speed), skipping, jogging, light running and sprinting etc.. Your timing can change based on what kind/speed of motion you are doing and when you are doing it. For example if you start running then stop then break into a jog and then just start walking while in motion to fight. Your technique speed can be faster or slower to mess with the timing and / or movement of the other person.

The idea in broken rhythm is for the opponent to never know what you are going to do next. If they can figure your movement out in advance then you are not truly moving with a broken rhythm and are probably moving with a pattern or rhythm of some kind.

The primary benefit of broken rhythm is that the opponent can not figure out what you are going to do next. The downside is that to truly move with broken rhythm you must constantly change and not repeat a pattern which is mentally and physically very demanding and tiring so that most people can not keep up the demanding pace for very long.

A good drill to work on Broken Rhythm is to have your training partner point their finger at you pretending they have a gun and if they can figure out where and when you are going to be before you get there then they yell bang and drop their thumb to indicate shooting. If they get you quite a bit then you should ask them what they are seeing or picking up on that is repeating and / or giving you away so that you can fix the problem.