Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu
This post is designed to give a greater overview of the types of martial arts we teach at our local martial arts school here in Maryille, TN. We’ll also cover a bit of the history of Kun Tao Silat martial arts. If for some reason you ended up here when you’re looking for more advanced martial arts instruction, or you’re not able to attend our local classes we offer a wide variety of teaching products as well.
Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu is Kun Tao Silat.
Kun Tao Silat is a mixture of Silat and Kun Tao martial arts. This mixture goes back quite a few generations and is a blend that came has come about starting with the Chinese trade with the spice islands of Indonesia and Malaysia in the 1200’s.
Although pure pentjak Silat and pure Kun Tao styles can be found in the islands the majority of martial art styles that can be found in Indonesia and Malaysia today are a combination of Kun Tao and Silat. Part of the reason for this is that the primary purpose for martial arts study in the islands is survival. This tends to mean that if something works then use it and if it works particularly well then claim it as your own.
The mixture of Kun Tao and Silat in styles range from close to 50/50 % to as much as 95/5 %. It just depends on which region or area you are in and what styles are available and what kind of techniques and skills you will need against nearby enemies. Techniques can also depend on who married who and what family arts are / were available.
We teach a blend of Kung Fu, Self Defense, Kun Tao, and Silat as a series of quick and dirty moves regular people (at all fitness levels) can use to defend themselves. Essentially, we teach personal security for everyone. More on this in future posts.
Richard Clear (posted to site by Sarah Vose)