What is Kung Fu Martial Art  ?


Martial Arts: Kung Fu

Kung Fu is a broad term that is used to describe all martial arts of Chinese origin. Kung-Fu existing under many different names throught China’s history. Initially Kung Fu was called Ch’uan Fa (fist way).

The Shaolin monastery housed many fugitives from justice, and many warriors turned monk, which sets the roots of Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple in Northern China. In fact there were five different Shaolin temples in five districts, and so five distinct styles of Shaolin Kung Fu developed.

Martial arts historians stress that Kung-Fu did not start at the Shaolin temple, but simply began to flourish under Shaolin’s influence. Kung-Fu became eventually categorised into Northern and Southern styles. In the south, Cantonese people pronounce Kung Fu as gung-fu. Southern styles use low stances and kicks and strong hand techniques because they are shorter and stockier than Northern (Mandarin) people. The Northern systems are characterised by stylish and difficult patterns and acrobatic legwork, presumably because it was colder in the North so hand movement was restricted by thick robes and the mountaineous terrain enforced the development of strong legs

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The mantis is a long and narrow predatory insect. While heavily armoured, it is not built to withstand forces from perpendicular directions. Consequently, its fighting style involves the use of whip-like/circular motions to deflect direct attacks, which it follows up with precise attacks to the opponent's vital spots. These traits have been subsumed into the Northern Praying Mantis style, under the rubric of "removing something" (blocking to create a gap) and "adding something" (rapid attack)

One of the most distinctive features of Northern Praying Mantis is the "praying mantis hook" (螳螂勾; pinyin: tángláng gōu): a hook made of one to three fingers directing force in a whip-like manner. The hook may be used to divert force (blocking), adhere to an opponent's limb, or attack critical spots (eyes or acupuncture points). These techniques are particularly useful in combination, for example using the force imparted from a block to power an attack. So if the enemy punches with the right hand, a Northern Praying Mantis practitioner might hook outwards with the left hand (shifting the body to the left) and use the turning force to attack the enemy's neck with a right hook. Alternately, he/she might divert downwards with the left hook and rebound with the left wrist stump to jaw/nose/throat.

Northern Praying Mantis is especially known for its speed and continuous attacks. Wrist/arm techniques in particular are emphasized, as well as knee and elbow strikes. Another prominent feature of the style is its complex footwork, borrowed from Monkey Kung fu.

The Masters

Sun Bao En

The heir of the third generation and Sun Bao En been born in 1924 to Cangzhou, in the province of the Hebei. in the 1936 takings residence to Qingdao, in the Shandong from child it loved the martial art and it frequented the courses held by the teacher sun Yujun to learn the boxing Shaoling Changquan (long boxing of the monastery Shaolin) and the technique to use various white weapons. Seven years later footstep to the gym hao bin, where he remained for well 16 years.Sun Bao En In 1960 he was named by the teacher Hou Bin Insructtore Assistant the I begin to teach to the courses of technique of base for children and teen-agers.in 1961 he wrote under dictation of the teacher Hou Bin the book "compendium of the school Taiji Meihua Tang Lang Quan "what a comrade the name and the technique of all the movements of the first six series of manoeuvres of the boxing. after the departure of the teacher hao qingdao bin for her country native Mouping, Sun Bao En I found some gyms to Qingdao and Laizhou and, during the twenty years of teaching it had leather bag 200 students. The people that have learned really the technique of the school they are few, and among the qualifiguranos: *Jiang Cheng and Them Anzhu, of Qingdao of the Shandong * Sun Dongchun and Them Manji of Laizhou of the Shandong * You Enyu of Ganyu in the Province of the Jiangsu * Mario Mandra Italian 79 years old , the Master Sun Bao En continuous to teach to publicise. Its writings concern Neihua Lu (street of the flowers of plum tree), Damo Jian (You Sword Damo), Ba Sheng Jian (You 8 Sword immortal).

Master Mario Mandra

Proffesional in Martial Arts in Italy and Graduated in China. He has begun the activity very young. Practiced WUSHU Traditional (KUNG FU) Style TANG LANG (Flower Of Plum tree) Under The Guide Of the Master Shin Dae Woung , Becoming His First Black Belt On the National Territory. From 1981 to 1984 he has Won Four Consecutive Times the Italian Championships of Fight.Master Mario Mandra In the 1986 sie approached to the modern wushu practising to level amotoriale. Brought him in china in 1987, to his/her return him and devoted as amateur to the wushu macome agonist not more. In 1988 it has participate to the championships of the world of wushu to hang zhou (shanghais) and him and classification among the best Italian athletes. In 1989 and is Italian champion in the specialities chang quan, baton and sabre. besides him and classified to the second place to the European championships of chieti, category chag quan.in the 1991in spagna to the organized championships dall IKKF, has conquered the world title in the specialty chang quan, the second place in the baton and the third one in the sabre, and to beil, in Swiss, the second, the second place to the golden dragon, international campinati In 1993, with the arrival in italia of the big teacher Brendan lai, and is ricosciuto direct disciple dellostesso. It represents his/her schools in italia of the mantis 7 stars and of the fior of plum tree

Grandmaster Lai

Grandmaster Lai was born in Hong Kong in 1942. Grandmaster LaiHe became a devoted disciple of the the famous Seven Star Praying Mantis Grandmaster Wong Hon-Fun after learning that system for many years. In 1961 Grandmaster Lai came to the United States to attend college, and in his spare time, he worked very diligently to improve his skills. In 1967 he started teaching the Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung-Fu system, and within a few years, he became known all over the world for his expertise in Kung-Fu. Grandmaster Brendan Lai was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" by both Inside Kung Fu Magazine and Black Belt Magazine (1990, 1983), Master Jago & Laiand was covered by over one hundred magazines and books across the world. Grandmaster Lai earned numerous titles and honors over his years as an instructor. Here are but a few of his many accomplishments: He was the first person ever to receive a Ph.D. in Martial Arts by the Eurotechnical Research University. That same month he was appointed Dean of the Department of Chinese Studies of the same university. Finally, in 1992 he formed the International Northern Praying-Mantis Federation and became its chairman. To the great sadness of the Praying Mantis community Brendan Lai passed away September 23, 2002.

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Master Shin Dae Woung

The Master Shin Dae Woung (Great Man) was born in a town of Korea of the South call Soon Chang in 1943. Subsequently it moved him to To Chen, in the proximities in the capital Seoul, where his/her father Shin Kil Wu, physician and needle-puntore, he/she sent him/it to deepen his/her studies and the Martial Arts under the guide of a big Teacher: Lu Shui You ien (1891-1978). These it was native of the province of Shandong, the same one that said the natives to Confucio and the famous warlike hero Kuan Yu, further to other illustrious characters. Shin_Dae_Woung The Teacher Shin Dae Woung studied with the Gran Teacher Lu Shui You ien from the seven year-old age up to the fifteen year-old age, receiving from him an indelible imprint; subsequently it went him to the Temple Chittì, in Korea, where it stayed for three years, improving the styles that he had learned from his/her Teacher and deepening from discipline of the Meditation Chan. Subsequently it began the studies to the "college" where it graduated after four years in jurisprudence, in accord with the will of her father. Subsequently it was ventured in the academic docenza as I pass previous to the exercise of the forensic profession. Despite this, it had a preference for the medical subjects, thing that pushed him it to again enroll in the university to study Shiat-on and digitopressione for four years, according to the famous method "NamiKoshi." In the meantime it accompanied the studies with the other his passion: the Kung Fu. In 1961, Shin Dae Woung had succeeded in being awarded his first world title of Kung Fu in the Championship of Taiwan. But it was only the following year, on the occasion of the second title, that been decided to open his/her first gym, in a called district Long San (Mountain of the Dragon), a disreputable zone where the challenges were to the agenda In 1963, Shin Dae Woung won for the third consecutive time the World Championship of Kung Fu, beginning so a martial collaboration with the American soldiers. In the 1975 Shin Dae Woung, now official of the army U.S.To.,you/he/she was sent of room to the base military Nato in Vicenza, in the barracks "Ederle", to deal of the teaching and of the martial supervision of the soldiers of the aforesaid base. Since then it didn't delay very to take place the decision to definitely settle in Italy and to leave the army.