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Welcome to KunTao Silat's Guru Central

The evolution of KunTao Silat's instructional perspective has changed considerably over the course of three and a half decades. With the addition of a complete new system, advances in technology, refinements in teaching methods and a great deal of thought and feedback from students, we have evolved and refined the two paths to better serve the needs and desires of those who choose to follow the American Martial LifeStyle known as KunTao Silat.


First, there is a definite distinction between those who simply want to learn KunTao Silat for their own personal reasons and those who have a desire to teach and share KunTao Silat with their family, friends and community.


The Distance Learning Program {Now: Practitioner Certification Course} has always been available for the first genre of People, and in 2016 the requirements for advancement to Practitioner Level have been relaxed to not include applications from each of the forms ~ mostly because many such individuals find themselves without practice partners. Of course, application is critically important ~ but it is a personal matter for each practitioner and will no longer be a requirement for advancement. When uploading your test video you will simply include only the training exercises, forms & kembaggan without including applications and your certification will read "Level XX Practitioner."


For the Guru Certification Course ~ on the other hand, the requirements for those who desire to teach have become more rigourous because KunTao Silat's reputation is on-the-line when People step forward to teach. We want to be sure that those individuals have all the KunTao Silat tools honed and tested at each level of progression so that we can properly endorse, certify and support those representatives of our American Martial LifeStyle. When you upload your test video, include applications and your certification will read "Level XX Teacher."


Now, there are also two systems to choose from, Malabar for the young, fit and un-damaged and American for the more mature and experienced, scars and injuries notwithstanding. And, of course, both systems are available for the martial geeks and those who own or manage martial arts schools.


We have also developed a new On-Line-Learning Center {LMS} that will provide a state-of-the-art learning system with all the tools and refinements immediately available from your computer or personal communication device. More information will be available in the next week.  


With this perspective, KunTao Silat makes the following changes for the year 2018.


May you all have a blessed & inspired New Year,



Distance Learning Program Requirements: Personal practice



  • 10 DVD Set ~ Combination Malabar & American: $300
  • 6 DVD American Set: $150
  • 6 DVD Malabar Set: $150
  • Combination Download: $150
  • American Download: $100
  • Malabar Download: $100
  • On-Line Learning Management System: Total Access including Inner Circle for $100 registration fee and $20 per month.
  • Testing Fee: $100 per level | Test only Forms & Kembaggan for each level if certification is desired; it is required only for teachers.


Guru Certification Course Additional Requirements:

  • Lead a practice group
  • Test with applications and written thesis | Provide video of your practice class for each level: $50
  • Inner Circle Membership required: $10/month | $100/year
  • Sign official liability waiver and video consent




Inner Circle KunTao Silat Greeting

The KunTao Silat Inner Circle Greeting is the trademark of this particular system. By this greeting practitioners all over the world know what style is being demonstrated and from which lineage it derives. There are secrets contained in this greeting that are not spoken of outside of the Inner Circle.

This domain is dedicated to those intending to learn KunTao Silat. The KunTao Silat Guru Certification Course is intended for that very purpose.

When you find a video or link that requires a password, it is reserved for members of the Distance Learning / Guru Certification Course subscribers.

As we now have expanded our video production and video testing program we now also have a flow established at Vimeo where we can iron out all the rough spots in our video testing procedures. We also have our FTP upload for your testing videos on this domain for a little more robust interaction by integrating the WordPress Forum technology so that we can discuss the embedded videos and fast-track the question/answer process.

Video Resources

Working from the Chinese and Indonesian principle of the student training alongside the master, we can apply video technology with the slow motion, freeze frame, zoom, reverse and the voice over to explain the key points of each element of KunTao Silat. This synergism of Old World and America provides a healthy and empowering martial lifestyle that is particularly will suited for the modern American who wants more than mere exercise and is willing to invest the time, effort and discipline to excel in KunTao Silat.

KunTao Silat's First Form - Djurus Satu:

The KunTao Silat's First Form provides the keys to unlocking the intrinsic combat tools found in all the forms.

Level2-Djurus Satu/MKTS

Articles & Documents

  • Here you will find written lore, a glossary, some articles published in the 1980s and forward,
  • This site is a work-in-progress, so there will be a lot of additions and revisions in the near future.
What is KunTao Silat?

A short introduction to the American Martial LIfeStyle known as KunTao Silat. The beauty of KunTao Silat is that the forms and training methods translate directly into actual combat techniques. Practitioners do not train one way and fight another. Many of KunTao Silat's movements are unique and much of what makes it so effective is rooted in a very unique synergism of legwork and handwork, whether armed or unarmed. KunTao Silat Practitioners build the legwork and handwork into their daily life so they can train constantly. Constant KunTao Silat Training also provides health benefits and helps to correct many chronic postural problems.


KunTao Silat is not for everyone - but perfect for some. Steve explains the Guru Certification Course video study program.

The Full Ten DVD/Video Guru Certification Course is available with three options:

Here's a few YouTube KunTao Silat videos. These videos are also available on this site with greater detail and connected to the KunTao Silat Guru Blog for a discussion of the details and the KunTao Silat Vimeo Testing Group as well.

Top YouTube Playlist: