Imua Shantung KunTao (From now just called Imua) is alledgedly one of the oldest martial arts in the world

Imua - Hawaiian word meaning "to go forward with spirit"

Shantung - means "silk" and refers to the fluid motions of this style


The earliest forms of Imua were developed in China approximately 2700 BCE. Under the Tang Dynasty (600-900 CE), Kung Fu developed, and branched out, with the different branches getting more emphasis on particular things.

From China, Imua was "exported" to Indonesia. When fighting in the tight vegetation of Indonesian jungles, one cannot "afford" the large sweeping movenements, or the evasive motions used in most other martial arts to avoid stikes and kicks.

Otto VanDerGroen - a talented fighter born in Indonesia in 1941 - has a major role in introducing Imua to the western world (see his bio for more info)

From this, Imua has gradually developed into one of the nastiest styles of Kung Fu

About Imua

Imua is a technique that includes all the regular forms of attacks punches, kicks, throws etc. However, because of its history, Imua developed to have a very tight, fighting range. Whereas most martial arts are either best at long range (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, most Kung Fu styles) or short range (Jitsu, Judo, Aikido), Imua is one of those rare styles that are specially developed for something in between.

Because of this, fighting somebody who is good at the Imua style can be difficult - the practitioners are always too close to get in a good kick to the head, and always too far away to get in a good wristlock or throw.

Imua is not a sport, but more of a a defense system - all training is focused on eliminating your opponents as fast as possible (just like Krav Maga) in a horribly brutal way. Because of this, several law enforcement agencies have started using Imua in their training. (rumor has it that CIA train their special agents in Imua)

Currently, there are Kun Tao clubs in most countries around the world.


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