Training for beginning students focuses on learning a set of 94 self defense “holds”, which include defenses against both open hand and weapons attacks. Kun Tao students are also taught elements which form the foundation of their later training, including basic animal movements, rolling, falling, kicks, punches, and parries.
Once the 94 self defense holds are mastered, promotion is made to the intermediate level of training, referred to as "Third Phase".
Fighting and forms in Pukulan Tjiminde Masan are based on four different animal forms. Learning the dance of the animals, or the crawl, is the focus of Third Phase training, which also includes the practice of standards, personal forms and weapons forms – both Indonesian and Chinese. Within each of the four animals systems there are three distinct fighting styles.
From the monkey, monyet, we get our rolls, jumps, leaps, and parries. The monyet is playful (but mean) and with its medium high stances sets the groundwork for the heavy, effective moves of the Ape, Siamang, and the crazy antics of the Drunken Monkey, Kera Mabuk.
From the crane, blekok, comes the White Crane, Blekok Putih, which give us our one-legged stances, aerial and multiple kicking techniques. The erratic moods of the Mad Crane, Blekok Gila, make it an intimidating foe to face. The quieter, deadly moves of the Lazy Crane, Blekok Malas, are deceptive in their relaxed nature.
From the tiger, Harimau, we get our long, low to the ground movements and the three-limbed fighting style of the King Tiger, Macan. The surprising but deadly moves of the Leaping Tiger, Macan Tinggi, challenge practitioners to move quickly up from the grounded positions to attack either standing or grounded opponents.
From the snake, ular, we get the weaving of arms, body, and legs, with fast strikes out of any position. Our study of the Cobra, Ular Senduk, teaches us quick moves in unexpected directions and concepts such as swallowing. King Cobra, Raja Tedung, gives us tall intimidating stances that can strike fear into an opponent.
Intermediate training introduces practitioners to sparring. Through the idea of djurus (combinations of strikes) using all of the animal forms, students are taught to fight with a flowing, constant motion. In addition, students are taught to develop their inner fortitude and energy, called ilmu. As students advance, they start to learn the lessons of the Naga – the Indonesian Dragon.
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