The martial arts of Indonesia were never meant for mere sports exhibition. They are an eclectic mixture of "pentjak silat" and Chinese "kuntao", and arose out of brutal necessity thought a history of violent cultural clashes and oppressive foreign occupation. As such, they are grounded in the reality of what actually works. They are designed not only to take out the enemy, but to overwhelmingly punish him from the first blow to the last. Bob Orlando's Indonesian Fighting Fundamentals gets to the heart of what makes these arts so formidable by placing the movements in context, providing a deeper understanding of their self-defense applications, and by exploring the underlying principles that make them work. Indonesian Fighting Arts is for the serious, defense-driven martial artist making accessible and adoptable the elusive, closely-held fighting styles, techniques and skills of the archipelago. No martial arts reference book collection can be considered complete without the addition of Indonesian Fighting Fundamentals. -- Midwest Book Review
The fighting arts of Indonesia, a mix of pentjak silat and Chinese kuntao, were never meant for sport: they are brutal, unrelenting and designed to take the enemy out and punish him every step of the way. This unprecedented book by a long-time student of Dutch-Indonesian Master Willem de Thouars shows you why.