Q: Do you have to be a certain age to train?
A: Age 15 and above is recommended, as Southern Mantis is particularly suited towards more mature individuals due to internal aspects involved.
Q: How is this martial art different from other styles?
A: The Chow Gar Southern Mantis system taught by Grandmaster Man Sek Wing and Sifu Mark Leung focuses on unique training methods, which strengthens the whole body internally and externally. Most styles focus superficially on forms and techniques, whereas we focus on building an individual’s ability to generate power from their bodies and tendons by training towards body oneness. Once this is obtained, you can make any technique work. Click here for more information on our style’s Training Philosophy
Q: Is this style good for fitness?
A: Although we don’t specialize in cardiovascular fitness, through training the system we concentrate on developing and strengthening the core (especially the lower back), ligaments and tendons around the joints.
Q: Will previous martial arts training affect me in this style?
A: Training Southern Mantis taught by this association will enhance any previous martial arts training by making you more powerful and be able to perform and execute the moves with more connectivity and body oneness.
Q: How are the classes taught?
A: Classes are taught in a traditional manner and on a personal level at your own pace with Sifu knowing your strengths and weaknesses. You will be taught accordingly based on your capabilities and understanding when you are ready to move on.
Q: What does a typical class consists of?
A: The class starts off with stretching to open up joints and build elasticity. Afterwards, we do stance and form works followed by a wide range of two man training drills to build power and sharpness. Finally, towards the end of the class, we practice and train on the forms, techniques, gungs (special exercises) or participate in doing some chi gungs and meditations. Although this is the general structure of the class, there is a lot of flexibility involved and Sifu can go through anything that is of particular interest to you and everyone else.
Q: I want to be able to defend myself, will Southern Mantis help?
A: Southern Mantis Kung Fu finds its roots on the battlefields and streets of ancient China. Techniques are intended to maim. These techniques, along with the reflexes and power that drive them and the circumstances which trigger them, will ultimately become the second nature to the dedicated student. As a Southern Style of Kung Fu, Southern Mantis is adapted to combat in an urban environment- close range physical and physiological principles, with devastating and explosive techniques that deliver rapid results.
Q: What’s special about this style?
A: Most styles focus superficially on forms and techniques, whereas we focus on building an individual’s ability to generate power from their bodies and tendons by training towards body oneness. Once this is obtained, you can make any technique work.