Kilap Hand Drills
The following chart is provided to help those studying our Kilap Hand Drill training method. With the chart the student can quickly recall which drills are atomic (fundamental to the others) and which are molecular (use and combine motions and movements taught in the atomic drills), which drills are asymmetrical, which are not, as well as which have no complement (no left side to match the right side), etc.

Over time we hope expand both the content and functionality of this chart.


Punch / Elbow
Punch / Elbow
in Video
1 Block-right (head) Block-left (head) Atomic RA
2 Block-right (ribs) Block-left (ribs) Atomic RA
3 Elbow (shear) Same on both sides Atomic RA
4 Block-Left & Up 1 Molecular NEW
5 Uppercut Molecular FF
6 Strike-right Strike-left Atomic FAI
7 Strike-right / knee-kick Strike-left / knee-kick Molecular FAI
8a Strike-right (inside) Strike-left (inside) Molecular RA
8b Block-right (inside) Block-left (inside) Molecular RA
9 Block-left  vs.  Right hook Block-right  vs.  Left hook 2 Molecular RA
10 Expand/Compress/Expand Molecular RA
FAI =    Fighting Arts of Indonesia
RA =    Reflex Action
FF =    Fighting Footwork of Kuntao and Silat
  • Highlighted cells indicate those drills deemed absolutely critical for self-defense.
  • Block-left and Block-right, Strike-left and Strike-right are hyphenated words because they are, at the same time, both nouns and verbs: they identify both what they are and describe what they do.
  • The headers, Right [or Left] Punch / Elbow, indicate the blow that starts the drill.
  • Six of the drills are asymmetrical, meaning they are practiced differently on each side.
  • Two drills have no "left punch" complementing drill (indicated by the '—').
  • Block-mode kilap drills 1 and 2, and strike-mode drills 6 and 7, are all drilled outside your partner's punch. In application, however, expect to use them inside the incoming blow, like KH #8.
  • Any drill number listed in the class schedule followed by a plus-sign (i.e. 3+) indicates legwork (knees or kicks) is also employed in that day's drill.

  1. Because most of the blows practiced in Kilap Hand Drill #4 are also practiced in the other hand drills (meaning sufficient practice for such is gained elsewhere) and because we felt a need for a left-lead drill (in case anyone is caught in that position), we developed the new drill, replacing the old one. Such a move was not done casually. As much thought went into the new drill itself as did discussion with the senior students regarding both the new drill's value and the final decision to replace the old one with the new. In the end, everyone agreed that the change was good.
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  2. We encourage all to practice the drills they like and to make them fit their training goals. Although shared in our Reflex Action video, for us, practicing Kilap Hands #9 against a left haymaker punch is less beneficial because of our strong-side forward training focus (we practice many other things that provide balance and full complement for our left hand's tactics and tools), so you will likely not find the Block-right vs. Left hook method of this drill on our training schedule.

    (Because very little in our curriculum is cut in stone, we reserve the right to return to training Kilap Hands #9 on the both sides at any point in the future — forgive us, but we are ever learning and we seldom totally discard any training method Smiley face ).
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by Bob Orlando
Web Site of Bob Orlando: Instructor in Kuntao-Silat (Chinese kuntao and Dutch-Indonesian pukulan pentjak silat), author of two popular martial art books: "Indonesian Fighting Fundamentals" and "Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts"; and producer of four martial art videos: Fighting Arts of Indonesia, Reflex Action, Fighting Footwork of Kuntao and Silat, Fighting Forms of Kuntao-Silat. Offering practical martial arts instruction to adults living in and throughout the Denver metropolitan area including, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, and Golden Colorado.