Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Adat Hormat (Respect & Care) towards your training Partners.

When there is no respect or care (Adat Hormat) for your training partners, training hall, Coach/Instructor, there is no chance to learn real Silat/Kuntao.
A training partner is priceless so take care of them. You can all turn up the heat occasionally but remember the 1st rule of training: SAFETY FIRST!
Self control is part of training and also part of growing in the Art. learning to fight is only one part of the art. There are actually more components:
Learning to Fight
Learning to Survive
Learning to Heal yourself and others.
Learning to preserve life
Learning to cultivate life
You will burn out quick of if you hurt your training partners and have no self control. Eventually it catches up with you. Also if you are training at 100% all the time your own central nervous system will burn out. There is a time and place to go fast, explosive, and a time and place to go slow and controlled. If there is no Yin and Yang in your training there is no real Kuntao.

See you soon in Silat Kuntao Class.

Guru Santiago Dobles

Monday, July 2, 2018

Miami Silat Kuntao Group New Schedule For Silat Kuntao Serak, Harimau, Strength Training & Indonesian Chi Kung & Tai Chi

Indonesian Pentjak Silat & Kuntao
Indonesian Self Defense & Wellness Classes 

Makao Kuntao Serak de Thouars &

Machan Hitam Harimau Minangkabau de Bordes - Hanafi

Weaponry & Empty Hand Close Quarter Combat Training
Internal & External Strength Training & Conditioning

Indonesian Tai Chi Chi Kung
Tenaga Dalam (Energy Yoga), Chi Kung (Qi Gong Moving & Stillness Meditation)

Strength Training 
Power lifting Barbell Training Strength & Conditioning

Silat/Kuntao Schedule:
Tuesday: 8pm - 10pm
Thursday: 8pm - 10pm
Saturday: 8am - 10am
Sunday: 8am - 10am

Indonesian Tai Chi/Chi Kung:
by Appointment $25 Per Session.

Strength Training
by Appointment $25 Per Session with Strength Coach Dr. Patrick Jacobs

Silat Class Tuition:
$20/ per Class
$100 Unlimited classes per month
$40/half hour Private Class
$70/1 hour Private Class

Guru Santiago Dobles
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de Bordes's Machan Hitam Harimau Minangkabau Intensive training Camp. Miami Fl April 13 - 14 - 15 2018

Multiple attackers counter solution conference Spring 2018

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de Bordes's Machan Hitam (Black Tiger) Harimau Minangkabau Intensive training Camp.  Miami Fl April 13 - 14 - 15 2018  

  • Multiple Attacker Counter Solution Tacticts
  • Kuda Kuda (Combative Stances)
  • Langkah (Footwork)
  • Buah (Combative application)
  • Harimau Explosive Groundfighting & Upright Fighting tactics
  • Blades & Weaponry training
  • Strategic Mindset & Combative Science


$60 per day
$180 All 3 days

 *Direct Students of Machan Hitam lineage
$50 Per day
$150 All 3 days.


Friday Night: 7 - 10pm
14232 sw 117 terrace Miami Fl 33186 

Saturday - Sunday 10:30 am - 3:30pm 

Magnan Martial Arts
14291 SW 120th St #105, Miami, FL 33186

Hotels & Lodging:


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A brief intro and History to Serak de Thouars & Pak Willem's Serak

The Art of Serak is a very scientific and practical fighting system that has evolved out of the desire to survive and protect.  It has always been a family system shared with only a select few.  The founder of the system Pak Serak was a man with certain physical limitations.  A clubbed foot and a atrophied arm on the opposite side of his body.  He was a Horse trader that often traveled the silk road all the way from Indonesia to the Middle East and Back. Pak Serak was from Cirebon in Indonesia  and he was of Arabic, Chinese & Indonesian decent.    Some speculate he was a student of Cimande Master Embah Kair.  Others say he was a colleague of his.  In his travels Pak Serak encountered many martial practitioners.  He spent time studying the methods originating from the Island of Macao, which is why in the system of Serak you see similar expressions and sciences as found in Tai Ji, Xing Yi, Pakua.  It is believed that He studied the science of combat known as Kuntao before Kuntao was split in to various subdivisions of one larger internal system.  Tai Ji, Xing Yi, Pakua was once one art. Serak is a snap shot  of those 3 internal systems as one.  The art as well has aspects of Javanese Cimande (which historically came from southern Shaolin Fist, 7 Star Praying Mantis, & Pakua), Harimau Minangkabau (Sumatran Silat which goes back to old Tai Chi & Shaolin Lohan Postures for combat & Health).  The Animals with in the system of Serak are the Monkey (Monyet) , Tiger (Machan), Snake (Ular) , Eagle (Garuda), Water Buffalo, & Golden Spider .  The art itself originally had a very simple Langkah Pantjar (Web) platform which was a diagram of the human body on the floor (Platform) it consisted of a square, a cross, and a triangle.   Pak Serak  taught several students  who in turn taught their own students who  including taught  the Devries & the de Thouars Family.  Pak Serak was teaching sometime in the late 1800’s.   Below are the names of his accomplished students. 
Pak Arjorno
Pak Adjyo
Mas Mustafa
Mas Roen
Mas Djut
Pak Edgar Vandengroen
The Devries Family & the De Thouars Family once they were taught the system of Serak they began to use the system in everyday life.  Some of the Uncles used it in World War I such as Uncle Eddy. Others used in conflicts in Indonesia during Dutch occupation.  Others used it in WWII.  The de Thouars family & Devries family through their extensive combative background stemming back to the Gauls versus the Romans and later on the  Knights of Templars and even military men during the times of  Napoleon influenced the art of Serak with their knowledge of Fencing, Bare Knuckle Boxing and European Combative Strategies.  So Serak is very different than the current Sera found in Indonesia. Because of this alchemy of Spanish & Dutch Fencing Platforms, Dutch Bare-knuckle Boxing , Kuntao Internal Martial Arts Indonesian Native Fighting arts you have a very scientific approach to the original MMA known as  Serak.  It is a  very scientific form of training to develop a very straight to the point combative expression to destroy a system and to shut down any attacker no matter the size.
There are a few main goals in Serak.
1)      Take the Consciousness of the Opponent through attacking anatomical regions and physical weaknesses. 
2)      Off Balance the Opponent rendering them unable to fight back or to counter. Shutting them down as soon as possible and with the most efficiency.  
3)      Do both of these simultaneously.  By  hitting and manipulating the balance 3 dimension-ally at all times with every part of the Body a weapon. 
The main areas of study are 
Djurus - Hand Forms
Langkah - Foot work and Platforms 
Sambut - 2 man combative sets & drills
Spontaneous flow & returning to Natural movement - Kembangan
Power generation through Internal & External training.  Strength training, Tenaga Dalam & Chi Kung.

Healing through the use of Internal Cultivation & pressure points.  
Because of Pak Serak’s Physical limitations he had to discover a more efficient way to move with superior position, timing, and structure and rooting.   As this method was passed on the Devries and De Thouars Family they enhanced the system to the modern era of combative understanding.  The Langkah became more subdivided geometrically and understood more as a Web of a Spider.  So in any given moment the attacker is caught in a trap and is webbed in to a position where they cannot fight back because of being shut down immediately.   Serak is known for its devastating take downs,  Body leverage  balance manipulation, Advanced Angulation and use of lines,  positioning and Timing, and aggressive striking to Vital areas known as Pukulan.  Despite what many have claimed Uncle Willem de Thouars has been training the art of Serak since he was a small child directly under the eyes  and guidance of his Uncles.  He began Serak training before his older brothers even started training.  He was the 1st to learn and is now the last to train the longest out of his entire family.  His 70 + years of training Serak, Cimande, Kuntao & Internal cultivation have given him a better understanding of how the genius of Pak Serak interpreted his art.  Bapak Willem de Thouars is a living treasure in the world of Martial Arts and of his family’s heritage of Pukulan Pentjak Silat Serak.   Many have deviated from Serak and are interpreting teachers approaches but few are really showing how it is that Pak Serak interpreted his art.  When you see a serak practitioner moving ask your self is that how Pak Serak would move?  Could it be done by any one at any age with or with out disability? How is it that an elderly person could use Serak against anyone of any size or strength?  What is it about Serak that allows one to have the upper hand in combat? It is not done through brute strength, external means only and through speed alone. It is achieved through internal training, timing, positioning, structure, and feeling natural movement. So a Serak player must go back to the founder's way  to truly understand the art and to give the founder proper Adat & Hormat.
Hormat to Pak Serak, Bapak Willem de Thouars, the de Thouars Family & to all elders of Serak. 

 Terima Kasi
Guru Santiago Dobles

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Uncle Willem de Thouars Serak Symposium Miami Fl June 29, 30 , & July 1 2018

Uncle Willem de Thouars 

Serak Symposium Miami Fl June 29, 30 July 1 2018

Weaponry training - Sticks, Blades, Machete

Pukulan Serak de Thouars  Pak Serak Style

Kuntao Silat

Internal Kuntao Chi Kung Training for Combat, Wellness & Health

$60 per day
$180 All 3 days

 *Direct Students of Uncle Willem de Thouars, Guru Santiago Dobles,  Sifu Chad Bailey,  Guru Chuck Statham:

$50 Per day
$150 All 3 days.


Friday Night: 7 - 10pm
14232 sw 117 terrace Miami Fl 33186 

Saturday - Sunday 10:30 am - 3:30pm 

Magnan Martial Arts
14291 SW 120th St #105, Miami, FL 33186

Hotels & Lodging:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Silat Related events 2018

Upcoming Silat related Events: 

  • Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de Bordes April 13 - 14 - 15 Miami Fl

  • Oom Willem de Thouars Miami Serak Camp June 1, 2, 3 2018

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 13, 14, 15 2017 Maha Guru Richard Crabbe - De Bordes Miami Florida Intenisve Macan Hitam Pencak Silat Harimau Minangkabau Training

Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de Bordes's 8th annual Intensive Harimau Silat Workshop. 

October 13, 14, 15 2017 Miami Florida Intensive Macan Hitam Pencak Silat Harimau Minangkabau Sumatran Silat Workshop with Maha Guru Richard Crabbe de Bordes. Maha Guru will be covering the tactics of harimau for rapid dominance in close quarter combat both standing & on the Ground. Also he will be going further in the use of weapons in Harimau Minangkabau. Students will also have the opportunity to do their ranking evaluations with Maha Guru. Evaluations is the best way to discover what needs improvement and what direction your Harimau is taking.

You will be learning true combative uses of Kuda Kuda (Posture). You will also be learning Langkah (footwork) for Combative Dominance both standing and on the ground. You will also learn the Devastating Striking science to shock your opponent. And no Silat is complete without the blade. You will cover close quarter Blade work. This event will take your Silat to the next level in your journey.

* Bring training blades, Training Sticks
* Bring water to hydrate.


Friday 7 - 10pm

Saturday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm


Friday Night 7pm - 10pm

14232 sw 117 Terrace Miami Fl 33186

Saturday10:30 am - 2:30 pm 
14291 SW 120th Street. Suite 105. Miami, Florida 33186
Magnan Martial Arts School of Self-Defense

Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
14291 SW 120th Street. Suite 105. Miami, Florida 33186
Magnan Martial Arts School of Self-Defense

Members $50/day $150 all 3 days

***Rank Evaluation Training: $50

Private Class Session $50

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