American KunTao Silat

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The knife styling of American Kuntao Silat

Heartless Monkey Knife - Heartless Monkey has no 'second thoughts'; no compassion, no regret, no remorse, no reservations.  Heartless Monkey has no regard for your humanity; your unique status as a Human Being deserving of anything, he sees you as a snake.

It is usually a small knife; sometimes single edged, sometimes double- always very sharp, very pointed,  sometimes carried in sets or singles carried around the body.  Most of the time, the knife is carried in the front of the body, on either side of the navel.  The sheath serves as extra armor, the closed knife can be used as a small hand stick and the movements to access the knife are naturally to the center of the body.
Think of the monkey- he screams and capers, plucking, pulling and twisting, always in motion.  He doesn't react to attack or pain or fright.  He attacks heartlessly, pitilessly, without regard for his opponent.

The monkey sylings of Indonesian Silat; Ketchak, Monjet, TjiNgkrik and so forth, characterize various of the primates, and those primates in different personae. The large apes are seen as practitioners with heavy arms, pulling with the waist, short planted steps, strikes with the ends of the bones, very positional fighters.  In contrast, the small monkey practitioners utilize light penetrating motion, capering and leaping in and out, plucking and grabbing, precision targeting of vulnerable points.  The vicious actions of wild monkeys attack the eyes, groin, throat and face.  The arms, hair, ears, loose flesh and fingers are used as handles and for distracting pain points to open other targets.

The knives of the monkey stylings range from the 'pisau', a light utility knife, to the golok, a heavy cleaver type.  The 'badik' and the 'rentjoeng' are sharp pointed, slashing knives with short curved handles for positive hold.  The King of knives is the Kris; a slashing, stabbing knife which depends upon its' shape for its' utility.

The unique hold of the small knife and the styling that most characterizes the monkey styling is the 'palming' of the knife.  The butt of the knife is snuggled into the 'V" of the palm with the point and spine following the line between the forefinger and middle finger.  This will line the point on the axis of the entire forearm, reinforcing the insertion of the knife into the opponent.  This hold lengthens a short knife by moving it farther along the hand than the common European hold known as the Sabre Grip.  As the point is planted, the palm hits the butt of the knife to drive the end below the surface of the body.  The practitioner then manipulates the body into a lot of movement to maximize the wound channel inside.

A furious barrage of wounding attacks to the opponent will give him no opportunity to attack, only to react.  A series of small wounds damages him psychically as well as physically.  Unless your opponent is a deeply trained man of great mental discipline, he will feel the effect of small wounds as if they were great ones.  It is the idea of being 'breached' that is so intimidating.

The 'displante' of moving the opponent along his weakest ground meridians by forcing a foot movement is the first step to taking his head.  His strengths are being displayed by the choice of stance and posture that he is using-to force him to change that is to challenge his tactic and raise questions in his mind about his next move.  His reaction time slows down with the number of decisions to be made.


As advertised in Inside Kung Fu Magazine

HeartLess Monkey Knife Set of Four DVDs
  • Introduction
  • HeartLess Monkey
  • HeartLess Monkey II
  • HeartLess Monkey III

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