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Chow Gar

Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

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Chow Gar Southern Mantis Kung Fu was given it's name after Chow Ah Naam was living in a shaolin monastery, one day he saw a praying mantis fighting with a black bird and the the praying mantis overcame the blackbird with its's shock power (Gen) from there on he develop a kung fu system with its short shocking power movement like that of a mantis.
Because of it's effectiveness he taught the other monks,one of the monks was called Wong Fook Go. Later Wong Fook Go became a traveling monk on his travels he met a man called Lau Soei who was a very skillful martial artist.
Lau Soei challenged Wong Fook Go, every time Lau Soei attacked he would lose, Lau Soei was amazed with Wong Fook Go skill that he asked him to teach him.
He was the first non monk to learn the system, some years of teaching in china Lau Soei moved to hong kong he taught many people one of them was Yip Shui aftera few years grandmaster Yip Shui was given the responsibility to teach and be head of the Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu system, when Lau Soei past away.
Grandmaster Yip Shui taught his son Ip Chee Keung, Master Ip Chee Keung came to england where he taught my sifu, master Paul Whitrod and others.
Paul Whitrod Sifu was made uk representative of the system in 1987 and has students of his own teaching in the uk, usa , and Ireland.

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