The Arts we Teach
Pukulan Kung Fu
Pukulan is a style of the Indonesian martial art known as Silat. The name Pukulan comes from the Indonesian word to strike and means “a series of blows with returning hands and feet”. Pukulan practitioners throw rapid whip style strikes out of flowing movement derived from four animal styles of monkey, tiger, crane and snake. These old traditional styles hearken back to a time when practitioners found strength in a connection with the natural world by embracing animal movements. These may be some of the oldest martial arts surviving into modern times.
Indonesian Silat originated before written history, influenced by the many cultures traveling and trading in that part of the world. In old imperial times, the Javanese court formalized and refined martial arts to a high degree. Silat is traditionally practiced with musical accompaniment and in Dutch Colonial times the combat aspects were concealed as a form of dance. Pukulan students still use music and drumming rhythms characteristic of the art to enhance their training. Until recently as a village art Silat survived Dutch colonization, occupation by the Japanese, a brutal fight for independence and following civil war. This history honed the combative elements of Silat to a degree not found in other arts. When master teachers left the country after independence, they brought Silat to the West for the first time. One such Master, Willy Wetzel, brought his Pukulan system to the US in 1956. As a complete system, Pukulan incorporates several styles of Silat as well as the self-defense fighting art of Kuntao.
What to expect
Students in the intro course focus on strength and conditioning, followed by stance work and striking to pads. These are the foundations of self-defense. Kuntao training refines and builds upon this foundation. Students train applied self-defense moves practiced in many different scenarios.
Intermediate students move into the Pukulan system of Silat. In this phase of training, students practice forms to instill a library of movement with applications. We also introduce the animal styles of monkey, tiger, crane, and snake- each having it's own characteristic movement and attitude. In more advanced training, the practitioners integrate the physical and mental techniques in free-flow fighting.
Escrima is one of a family of Filipino fighting styles emphasizing stick and knife fighting techniques that includes Kali and Arnis. The personal style taught at One With Heart by Mike Morton, Escrima Libre, is fluent in the complex weaving stick drills of Filipino fighting. But above all it emphasizes an efficiency in combat applications that makes it excellent self-defense practice. Escrima Libre teaches the use of basic principles that translate from long distance through middle distance to close-in fighting with weapons or empty hand.
History of many martial arts styles is shrouded in myth and legend, coming from primarily oral traditions predating any written record. This is especially true of Filipino arts, which were primarily village arts. The Spanish who colonized the islands observed some of the fighting techniques they faced. Some Spanish techniques must have influenced the Filipinos, no-one knows how much, but certainly they adopted many Spanish terms including the name Escrima, which comes from the old name for fencing. Many fighting systems around the world have de-emphasized or entirely lost their facility with bladed weapons, not so in the Philippines where knives are used for daily work in the country and are universally carried in the city. In its diversity of styles, influences from many cultures, its use in fighting foreign occupation, even in the geography it grew up in, Escrima strongly parallels the development of Indonesian Silat. As fighting arts they are complementary, cousins at least if not brother and sister.
What to Expect
Datu Mike empathizes concept over technique in his teaching. You can expect drills in footwork and striking styles beginning with the cinco teres- five strikes- and progressing through box blocks and stick drills in the air and to the bag. Half the class focuses on empty hand applications of the basic concepts derived from the Philipine version of the Kuntao fighting style also taught in Pukulan. He also adds in ground work influenced by Brazilian Juijitsu.
Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu came from the martial art form developed by monks of the Shaolin Buddhist Temple in the Hunan province of Northern China. The geography of the North influenced the “long fist styles” with their fully extended striking, long deep stances and dynamic kicking techniques.
While fighting forms in China predated the founding of the Shoalin Temple, it was here that the most famous Kung Fu styles thrived and were recorded. Early legends state Buddhist monks from India brought martial arts from India, especially Bodhidharma - the founder of Zen Buddhism-who reputedly taught martial arts to monks to give the increased stamina in mediation. Certainly monks cultivated fighting forms to defend the lands and institutionalized the teaching of Kung Fu. Easily 1000 forms exist in this system. The temple was destroyed during the Qing dynasty, and while many texts were lost and the monks dispersed, this had the effect of spreading their influence throughout Asia and bringing outside influences to Shaolin.
What to expect
Students learn at their own pace based on ability and inclination. Class format for the first hour of training is a combination of stance training, conditioning, beginning and intermediate level forms, and independent practice. Students will be introduced to Northern Shaolin Chinese Martial Arts forms. These beginning forms provide foundational training which build strength, flexibility, and coordination. Intermediate forms will refine techniques and provide further diversity of movement. The internal training focuses on developing energy circulation throughout the body, strengthening the internal organs, developing sensitivity, and concentrating power for martial application.
Tan Tui (Spring Leg)
Lim Bo (Continuous Steps)
Sui Wan (Small Circles)
Bong Bo (Seven Star Praying Mantis)
Hebei Xing Yi Quan
Yang Style Taiji Quan (Tai Chi)
Northern Shaolin – Chinese Martial Arts Application: (2nd hour optional)
The optional second hour of class provides students an opportunity to further their basics and deepen their practice. Class format is a combination of beginning, intermediate, and advanced forms, independent practice, partner drills, fighting application, and sparring.