Now I will release for the first time in the USA what the REAL meaning was to a term that Master Willy Wetzel used, Guru Malter used in my first silat training and is still used in many of the schools teaching his system. Up till now it seemed very confusing to use the term Kuntau various spellings) for what he called first through third phase. This was the basic kicks and punches and self-defense holds. It made no sense because he never told anyone what the term meant and so the only term like it anyone was familiar with was the same term often given, to Chinese Martial artists who went to Indonesia and mixed their art with the local silat. We saw that called Kuntau and so it seemed like Master Wetzel had made an error for some reason as that early training was not some Chinese system at all.
As of late I have made friends with a great Malaysian Pendekar of their oldest form of silat, Silat Tua. He has seen P.C.P and not only likes it but said to me "IT IS GOOD YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE IS AN ANCIENT FORM OF SILAT." He showed me some of his slat and called it Kuntau so I asked him if it was a Chinese art. He said NO and proceeded to tell me Kuntau is NOT a Chinese term BUT in the entire Malaysian world, Indonesia, Thailand, etc in the old silat
KUN = Master and Tau = Knowledge.
In the old days when men were pitted against men for sport, betting , life and death the skilled fighter who used physics and the science of an art were referred to as KUNTAU. Or to put it simply a fighter with knowledge.
So when Master Wetzel used the term Kuntau he was saying the unskilled student was being taught the science of how to fight, the kicks the punches, the self-defense, the master of knowledge. After that in fourth phase one learned to move around to flow and then to spar to engage another in the art in the old silat of the Master I have been conversing with they divided the training up in three areas
- Fighting Forms or Kuntau
- Tari (bunga ) or Dance
- Sparring or Silat
This is exactly the rough plan Master Wetzel followed. Now the word KUNTAU that was used to describe the scientific training of a person on how to fight in the first three phases makes more sense. You leave the world of unknowing and enter the world of the science of how to fight. It makes me wonder if some of the training of Mas Jud did not come from the old Malay silat.
He went on more about the dance (Tari) Bunga I teach and he completely verified the silat I have been teaching for decades which was vilified by some so called Masters as nonsense. He says the dance can create these emotions:
- Pinangan di Tolak = Anger, the destructive nature
- Lenggang Janda = the seductive power, deception and enticing (draw stances , decoy etc.)
- Llang Belayar = hunger or as used the instinct of a predator
This dance in motion originated in tribal dance influenced by animism, human celebration, enacting hunting and war moves and the Angels or Dewas connecting to the spirits of the ancestors, the spirits of the trees and animals and the four elements that are used in training , earth, wind, fire, and water and the five animals of the old silat, the tiger, snake, monkey, crane and dragon.
In the old Silat Tua the keris is still used and taught as a fighting weapon just as in PCP.
So there we are, our circle of creation, the animals and the elements the dance, the spiritual aspects of P.C.P and the use of the keris as a fighting weapon, the same as the Old Ancient Silat.