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Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

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A Insight to a fighting art

Chow Gar Praying Mantis kung fu is a close in fighting system,from Dong Gwong area china, its a close in range fighting style its famous for the phoenix eye fist and hammer hand, iron shirt & conditioning training and Dim Mak (pressure points), kicks are usually no higher then waist hight. but in training we practices to kick head hight. Unlike the nothern style praying mantis kung fu the southern don't mimic the insect in looks but in theory instead. and the aim is to develop the gen (shock) power like the mantis would use the sharp and lightning quick moves that allow the insect to stun its prey.throughout the student concentrates on making the mind & body stronger.
By condutcting hard and soft chi (hay) gung exercises and two person drills, when the student is learning the system they must remember that in a fight the body can only take so much punishment before it would give way.
So the later forms help to develop dodging to avoid getting hit, also the technique for attacking from the sides.
The mantis system has many strength building exercises to help develop short sharpe energy power (gen) for close in fighting.
Chow gar southern praying mantis kung fu is a complete fighting system that covers forms, sparring, and weapons plus much more.

Forms

Chow Gar Southern praying Mantis Kung Fu has many forms they all serve a purpose in one way or another.
Three Step Arrow Punch (Sarm Bo Jin) is found in most southern mantis styles and is usually the first from that is taught in this system, It helps to develop the body, muscles, bones, and tendons and mankes them stronger when doing this form.
It's done at a slower pace then most other forms in other martials arts systems the reason for this is to make the body,legs and fingers stronger through tension and correct breathing.
Buddist Hands (fut Sau) this form is one of the intermediate forms, it concentrate on the fast hand movements and using power from the wrist, forearms, and waist (yue gung)
unlike sarm bo jin this form is done at a fast pace.
The form is very good if a student wrist & forearms become very stiff as it release the dead energy (tension) the yin & yang principle you must also remember that all the forms contain applications as well.
Advanced forms like Four gates (say mun sau) the purpose of this form is your attacking at the pressure points of the four gates of the body.
Flying dragon legs (phoon loong keok) is a form design for ground floor fighting the form form stars with kicking techniques then goes to the ground.

Mantis Stage one

This system has ten stages when you reach eight stage you are awarded a black sash.
details of first stage.

1. Basic foot work (foword step knee raise half forward step)

2. basic hand movements
A. Deflecation (cye sau) B. Hooking hand (narpsau) C. Locking hand (saw sau) D. Cutting back (got sau) E. Sinking elbow (chum chung) F. Hammer hand (gau choy)

3. form. 3 Step Arrow Punch (sarm bo jin)

4. eighteen hands (baat kui sau)

5. basic grinding arms (cye sau)

6. conditioning exercise gau choy & tuc jeurng

Stage two

1. Ten Linear hands & Nine hands drills (san sau)
2. Form. 3 Arrow & Shake of Bridge (Sarm Jin Yui Kui)
3. Two person strength training drills double arm (Doy chong) single (dan chong)
4. Elbow picking hand (lim chung chong)

Some schools stages may differ slightly but the main core of forms and principle are usually the same.
If you like more information regarding above then pop along to a lesson for a friendly chat.

Other training exercises

The mantis system has many drills, but to name a couple we have How Gung throat training, this drills helps you develop a strong neck and throat area, also helps to make the temple area less vulnerable.
In this system there's a number of drills which are called Dip gwut gung (rib bone power) this exercise helps you develop a strong mid section around the rib area protecting you vital organs.
With doing this drill correctly it can help the person to send more powerful blows.
Training in mantis you try and achieve a hard body, even now days some of the master body are like steel.

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