Tongkat stick

In the modern era between 1890 to 1950 lie the true ventures of lively episodes as it is going to be told through my writing. At one event, a group of natives once attacked in 1911 Serang (Banteng) a famous Kun Tao expert, who happened to be a cycling merchant who rode his bike from city to city selling his merchandise. When he approached the outskirts of the city, 10 men attacked the merchant on a peaceful afternoon. Oei Kim Bo'eng was a Hokkien Kun Tao expert, the merchant was a strongly built 220 pounder and 5'11" tall - was so quick to react while being attacked by the natives, that he used his measuring stick to severely beat up his attackers. The men attacking the Kun Tao master were armed with blades and long knives, and two men who instigated the assault were running away into no one's land.

The staff Oei Kim Bo'eng was using to defend himself was 4' in length and 3.5 inches thick.

The Chinese merchant had a few cuts inflicted by the natives on him - and looked at the startled attackers on the ground who were pale and scared, thanking them he said: "Thanks for being my practice dummy."

Eduward, Ludwig Otten was a Dutch Indonesian Shauntung Kun Tao master, and lived in 1920 in Serang (Banteng), where he gained fame for his unusual skills in the practice of Chinese fighting arts. His Twin Dragon technique is still remembered today by some of us who have once studied under him. Many masters of different systems had always paid him respectful tributes by honoring him with individual visits to his house and often ended up with exchanging ideas of techniques with him. Quite a few experts traveled for great distances to check out the master's skills and knowledge.

On one occasion a famous Silat master, known for his strength and powerful kicks in his system of "Petjut" (Whiplash) came to challenge the master in his backyard. Otten accepted the challenge with a smile, soon the two masters bowed to each other in acknowledgement of respect. They were first moving around each other, the Silat expert in a dance-like movement like an Eagle and the Kun Tao expert moving the opposite direction by accommodating the sounds of the Silat master's footsteps like a Tiger waiting for his prey. The Silat master quickly tried to encircle the Kun Tao master with graceful, well calculated leg-locking steps to fast leg sweeps, while the Kun Tao master slides away with little jumps from leg-traps set for him by his opponent.

All of the sudden, and much to the surprise of the Silat master, Otten jumped up and un-noticed stood in a very low but wide horse-stance so settled and deep rooted on the ground, that this was typical for a Shantung Shao Lin boxer to stand and lure opponents.

With his strong hands formed into tiger-claws and ready to tear anyone's face wide open if someone just dares to come near him.

The Chinese boxer looked inviting, and provokes the Silat expert to move in on him. Much to his awareness by the look in his eyes observed by witnesses, the Whiplash fighter began to understand what he was in for , he knew he could not make a mistake or he was going to eat the dust. With over confidence as he at t started by relying on his powerful kicks, the Silat expert attacked with a quick roundhouse kick, with knives held between his toes towards the neck of the Chinese boxer.

Before the kick could reach its target, the Kun Tao expert leaped high in the air, rolled on the ground and with lightning speed moves in a very low horse-stance and pierced his two fingers-stroke (Twin Dragon technique) through the stomach of the Silat fighter. Otten pulled the man's small intestine out with a swift motion withdrew his fingers.

With a high pitched tone in a scream of pain in agony the Silat expert felt death to the ground. A dream he once had of beating this Kun Tao master, without considering the fatal consequences that came with its territory.

His remains were sent to his home in a white blanket, with a bag of rice and a penny.

An honorable encounter between two experts was never lasting, in a match of deciding the winner ended up of one only to survive.

When masters fight it is certainly a match to the death, in South East Asia and in particular the former Dutch colonies, martial arts traditions holds a master to his oath of his worthiness of being a master.

The winner gains a reputation of fame, and the looser was send back in a white blanket, a bag of rice and a penny.

A white blanket means a clean soul and a new beginning, a bag of rice for food in heaven and the penny for a fare paid to the everlasting world.

During Chinese new year, the merchants for "luck" hanged bags filled with money on the top of a pole twenty feet off the ground. The festivities of different Kun Tao groups performing their Lion or Dragon dancing ended up with confrontations in the street. When members of any of the groups tried to get to the money bags first, it then became a game of pulling or pushing each other off the pole. After a while, some of the young fighters full with lust and lack of patience provoked the fighting escapades.

Master Otten's reputation became very famous throughout the archipelago comprised of 14,000 islands and was invited to study in China for 6 years. After his return from Honan province in 1937, he was then fully accepted as one of the legends until he passed away in the Netherlands in 1975.