Kuntao is a Hokkien term for martial arts created by the Chinese community of ASEAN Region, particularly the Malay Archipelago. Literally meaning “way of the fist”, the word kuntao more accurately translates as “fighting art”. Although most common in Indonesia, it is also practiced in Malaysia (especially Borneo), Singapore, and the Philippines, where Chinese martial arts were brought by merchants, labourers and other settlers from south China. The styles had to be adapted to different terrain, competing against local styles and fighting with local weapons. Many (if not most) styles of kuntao have incorporated techniques from silat and some forms even changed their name from “kuntao” to “silat”. Styles which combine both kuntao and silat together are sometimes called kuntao silat.