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Introduction to the Guru Certification Course

Steve talks about the Guru Certification Course



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.

 

American KunTao Silat has seven levels of progress to GuruMuda.

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.  The First Five Djurus are learned at this level. 

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

Level Two: Djurus Satu - First Form Having practiced the stances and hand movements from Level One, the student now begins to study the first 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 sometimes 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.

Level Four: PoQua Zen - The Dragon   With hands and legs now integrated, the student now develops circular motion strength and mobility of uncommon proportions.  The Dragon provides enlightenment in movement unlike any animal. 

Level Five: I Shing Po/Tai Keah - The Internal/External   With the preceeding elements now developed, the Internal/External provides a solid base for hitting, grappling, tearing, ripping and smashing techniques and training methods and another level of applying the legwork and hitting tools.

Level Six: Serak/Battle Djurus - Precision hitting and furious speed and the use of body levers are now added to the student's arsenal of martial skills.  Timing, precision and control are honed in this level, in preparation for Level Seven. 

  • 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.  The group of aspiring gurus seen in the GuruClass Series are experienced martial artists, learning to teach KunTao Silat from the beginning, to Practitioner level.

 Additional DVDs are available as expanded training aids. Basic Subscription provides access to downloads of training videos.

American & Malabar KunTao Silat

Malabar KunTao Silat has seven levels of progress to GuruMuda.

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.  The First Five Djurus are learned at this level. Weapons:  Traditionally, the blade and the stick are the weapons of choice. 

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. 

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. 

Level Six: Ling Sing Toy - 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, in preparation for Level Seven.

  • 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.  The group of aspiring gurus seen in the GuruClass Series are experienced martial artists, learning to teach KunTao Silat from the beginning, to Practitioner level. Conducting a Practice Group is one of the requirements for advancement to Guru Muda. This is recommended for everyone, but only required for the Guru Muda level.

DVDs are available as training aids. The Basic Subscription provides access to downloads of these videos.  


Distance Learning/Guru Certification Program:

 Guru Course Reviews {Please use the back button to return here}

There are 12 Sigung Instructors of the Willem de Thouars Branch of the
Family Arts in the world.  Most practitioners will not have personal
access to the top level teachers of KunTao Silat.  However, there are many
PracticeLeaders around the world who are working toward GuruKunTao Silat Logo
 Certification and conduct training sessions in their neighborhood.  You are all welcome to join the fun.  It costs two hundred bucks to join and Ten DVDs are included to provide the practice material required for advancement, or you can opt for the download option of Ten Videos for $150.  Proceed at your own pace either way. Take time to build KunTao Silat training into your daily life - so that training becomes automatic and the technical application of the KTS elements in combat are also automatic.

Whenever you feel ready for the next level, you simply video your performance of the current level and upload it to one of many 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:

  • On-line training video downloads at: www.kuntaosilat.org 
  • Members Only On-line video center focused on learning KunTao Silat very well. 
  • 50% discount on all DVDs and Videos
  • Training focused Discussion Group and the members only Teacher's Board with Video Review Peer Group

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 teacher or school. To take part in this opportunity, all you have to do is pay $200 registration fee, which also provides you with the exclusive Ten DVD Training Set, or Ten Video Download for $150 which includes all the requirements up to Practitioner Level in both American KunTao Silat and in Malabar KunTao Silat.  The new installment subscription provides all Ten Videos, free testing and on-line access for only $20 a month.

From there you are on your own 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 by member participation at the KunTao Silat Vimeo site www.vimeo.com/kuntaosilat, and here at www.kuntaosilat.guru where we have a Discussion Group with video uploads and 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.

Sign Up Now:

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Registration fee includes an exclusive Ten DVD Training Set

  • Introduction
  • American KTS System/li>
  • Malabar Basic Training
  • Basic Applications & Training
  • Malabar Forms
  • Djurus Satu
  • Internal/External Forms
  • Serak & Battle Djurus
  • Personal Practice
  • Partner Training

    OR: Download Ten Videos in MP4 format for $150
    with PayPal - Or by Credit/Debit Card

    Everything you need to progress to Practitioner/GuruMuda level is included with registration.  You may desire additional knowledge and information about KunTao Silat, which will be available to you with a vast library of DVDs at a 50% discount.  Happy Training!

    A Basic Subscription program is also available for those GCC members wanting to fast-track their training regimen with special members only training videos, reduced testing fees extensive video download library and other exclusive options.  Click subscription button for more details. Subscription

    Testing & Certification Fee = $100

    Testing Fee includes corrections and refinements based upon your video detailing your performance of the forms and applications and Official Certification.


    New for 2015: Full Guru Course and Inner Circle Subscription digital package:

    $20/month Registers in GCC/DLP and:

    Provides all benefits of membership:

    50% discount on DVDs

    Access to KTS Forum Teacher's Board

    www.kuntaosilat.org Video view/download

     

    + Basic Subscription

    1. Official KunTao Silat Email: <First Name>@kuntaosilat.com {if available}

    2. Ba Pak Steve's Guru Course UpDate downloads

    3. KunTao Silat Video Testing site with access to special training videos.

    4. Half price video testing for you and your practice group.

     

    + Level Specific MP4 Downloads

    The 10 DVD Guru Certification Course in MP4 format divided into appropriate Levels will be available as the practitioner successfully completes each level.

     

    + Free Testing

    In order provide the practitioner with incentive to complete the program and to assure their competent performance of the Art there is no testing fee. Practitioners are encouraged to test as soon as they are ready to proceed to the next level.

     

    + One Year, or completion of the curriculum, is the extent of this program. Subscription would then convert to the Basic $10/monthly with half price testing.

     

    First Level Downloads:

    001ConstantTraining.mp4

    001ConstantTrainingPt2.mp4

    002BasicsDVD.mp4

    003FiresideChats.mp4

    010STEVEINSANTACRUZ.mp4


    $20 per month for one year.

    Special 12 DVD set of monthly Guru Classes with Uncle Bill: See how KunTao Silat is taught in the old way, straight from Uncle Bill. This 12 DVD set is a rare treasure, once available only for Guru Certification Course members is now available to the public, although GCC members receive a 50% discount.

     

    KunTao Silat Class Warm Up

    Malabar Warm Up