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Aussie and USA Students Train Southern Mantis in Hong Kong and China

Hong Kong and China, May & June, 2009 --

Robert greets Cheng Wan Sifu

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.

Wong Yu Hua Sifu Treats Lunch!

Hakka Buffet with Wong Sifu!

2nd from R)  Wong Yu Hua Sifu, Pingshan, China

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.

John Brown teaching Du!

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Unrealistic Boxing


In 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.

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