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Students Train Southern Mantis in Hong Kong and China
Hong Kong and China, May & June, 2009
Robert and Cheng Wan Sifu
During late May and June, Robert and Choon
Jek (Hakka Chinese) expressed a strong interest to carry forward
(Hakka) Southern Praying Mantis down under in Australia.
John, who operates the Huntsville Mantis School in the USA arrived
on the same day and we all visited Cheng Wan Sifu (aged 85) before
heading to Pingshan Town in China to visit Wong Yu Hua Sifu.
2nd from R) Wong Yu Hua Sifu,
Training consisted of the mantis horse,
basic 18 hands, and southern mantis chi sao. Our Australian
brother-friends will return in the not too distant future.
John refined his 108 Kwongsai Mantis and will continue to oversee
the Huntsville School. It was a rewarding experience for all
involved including local Pingshan student Ah Du shown below
training with John.
most teachings, forms are broken down into a sequence of 1, 2, or 3
techniques (movements) and explained as combat application.
The problem with this is that the demonstration is usually
static, that is, one person is asked to punch (attack) and hold out
his hand while the other applies a sequence of 1, 2, 3 actions in
defense and offense. This is unrealistic.
Action = Reaction
In a real fight the attacker will never punch
only once and stop - waiting for your reaction. Neither will he
remain static waiting for you to attack him (or his weak spots).
Action causes reaction - this is a basic law of nature (and
survival). When one person defends and/or attacks the other
will instinctually move to avoid being hit - in example, clap your
hands in a wilderness area and watch as the fowl and animals
instinctually move - or like one automatically blinks when being
poked toward the eyes.
Static and Dynamic
Martial arts applications cannot be realistic
if they are static. Application must be dynamic; cause and
effect, action and reaction, especially against skilled martial art.
It is possible that a skilled martial artist defending against an
unskilled person MIGHT find himself in a situation where his 1, 2, 3
movement can be applied, but, even an unskilled person will turn his
head when being struck in the face or turn his body when being
struck in the chest.