Characteristics

Pukulan means ‘to hit/punch’. This is a vital part of this art, to be able to hit first.

To add to this concept, pukulan players use certain motto’s to make this principle clear: ‘move at the blink of the eyes’ and ‘hit first, then talk’. They emphasize the need to get into action as soon as the opponent moves.

The waiting for an attack of the opponent is therefore not a part of the philosophy of Pukulan.

Apart from sweeps, the using of leverages and the disturbing of balance, Pukulan focuses on different types of strikes, who can have a devastating effect on the opponent,  so that after the damage has been inflicted, the control can be overtaken by means of sweeps, or unbalancing the opponent by means of the langka.

Footwork (langka) is very important and geometric by nature. The players always move with a purpose. The basic rule is ‘one step, one hit’.  Every hit is used to inflict the maximum amount of damage to the opponent.

The favorite weapons are the fists, elbows and shins, but it is possible to use any part of the body in every possible way. The strikes and techniques are direct and are always applied in the shortest possible way.

Strikes and elbows are used for higher targets, knees and kicks for lower targets. They are used without interrupting, like the walking (langka) towards the opponent.


The primary goal is to disable the opponent, where aspects as anticipation, hitting, blocking, intercepting, bridging and shortening the distance to the opponent, all play a role. The players steal and take over the position of the opponent. He disturbs his opponent and forces him to regain balance.

The upper – and lower bodywork is used synchronically. The movements are direct results of previous movements, like cause and effect. One hand supports the other and reinforces the attacks, sensing for the intentions of the opponent. Each movement is useful, if one hand makes contact, the other hand aids in the attack. Nothing is wasted.

Pukulan is no martial sport and is also not just for self-defense (Bela Diri).

The attacks and take-overs are executed to the extreme. It forces the player to give his best in terms of positioning, mentality, aggression to end the battle. There is always a focus on the whole body of the opponent and the techniques are performed in one flow of movements.

Players say that Pukulan changes something inside. The look, the movements, the attitude, the expressions, the reactions and the feeling of pain. Everything changes.

Pak Flohr