About Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

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L au Soei realised that the Monk had just demonstrated something that was far beyond his abilities. He recognised the Monk's martial skill was far superior. Kneeling before the Monk, he asked if he would accept him as his student, and the kindly Wong Fook Go agreed. Lau Soei invited Wong Fook Go back to his home for tea. Once seated he asked 'I felt as if I had been shocked by lightning when I made contact with you. How is it that you move so fast?' The Monk laughed and said 'you possess great strength, but I was able to redirect it back to you. Therefore it was your own strength which you logo felt.

T he technique I used takes its force from internal energy, known as 'Chi', except that my system refines this energy into something known as Geng Khan (Shock Power). Consider the mantis. This small insect has an explosive power, which enables it to overcome opponents many times its own size. Follow my teachings diligently, and you too can achieve this kind of power'. Lau Soei had proved that his character was indeed worthy of learning this high level of Kung Fu. The afternoon of the demonstration, the Wong Fook Go had been watching Lau Soei perform, and knew that the young man had great potential as a Kung Fu master.

W hen Wong Fook Go had stepped into the arena that afternoon, his words had been a test. Luckily, Lau Soei had shown humility, which is why the monk had decided to accept him as his student. Six years later, the Monk had passed all of his knowledge on to Lau Soei, and the Master and student parted company. Wong Fook Go continued to travel and seek his enlightenment. Lau Soei, as a gesture of respect to his Sifu and Si Gung, named his fighting system 'Chows Family Praying Mantis'. He founded schools in China where many thousands of students came to learn from the great Master.

A few more curiosities about Chow Gar Kung Fu


S outhern Praying Mantis Kung Fu should not be confused with better known Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu systems such as Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu. What is Chow Gar? Chow Gar gets it's name from the man who is attributed with the development of the style, one Chow Ah Naam. Chow Ah Naam was an immigrant from the North of China living in the South. (Immigrants such as he were known as Hakka or "Northern Guests"). Early this century, it's chief exponent moved to Hong Kong where the first non-Hakka student was taken on. This student was Cantonese and he is now the Grandmaster of the Chow Gar style and still lives in Hong Kong. Chow Gar is currently being taught both publicly and privately all around the world. It is one of the few unadulterated, traditional Chinese martial arts available to prospective students today. First and foremost, Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis kung fu is a highly efficient self-defence martial art.

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Training Methods

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T he phoenix-eye fist is a multi-purpose weapon but it's first function is to strike the body's sensitive vital points using the protruding knuckle. By focussing the power of the strike into a small point, the energy in the strike can penetrate deep into the attacker's body, causing serious internal injury. Other economical features of this art include avoiding the use of high kicks, leaps and other aerobatics. Much time is saved because strikes emanate from the current position of the hand concerned (rather than first being "chambered" or "cocked"). Man-made weapons are used without modifying the empty-hand techniques.

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About Chow Gar Kung Fu