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Praying Mantis

Jan
16
2017

Three Texts: New, Old, Reborn

Our storms are done here (we hope). It seems like during the time we holed up and watched the wind change the landscape, we also acquired a host of new products and long unavailable reprints. We have just added three of these books, each in a different phase of the publishing process. NEW: First is […]

Feb
19
2016

3 Worthy Additions from Shifu Jou

Shifu Jou’s series of instructional and lecture DVDs has definitely attracted some attention. There is a tendency right now to emphasize the mainland, but people should not forget what a treasure trove of skill Taiwan is—at least for a little while longer. For instance, the first of the new ones presents an in-depth discussion/lecture on […]

Jan
12
2016

Paul Eng Interview Excerpt

Master Paul Eng, who passed away in January, 2015, was a well known instructor specializing in the Tai Mantis style. A long time practitioner and teacher he has produced many fine students. He started his training at the age of six. After coming to America in 1949 he acted as Chief Instructor for the Fu […]

Jan
6
2016

Mantis Exits the Cave: Sifu Paul Eng’s Last Book: NOW available

Sifu Paul Eng died almost one year ago. He left behind thousands of students; an ongoing school in California; loved ones; a reputation for kindness; memories of his skill and patience as a martial artist and teacher; and a short list of books and a DVD that he had published, the most notable being 5 […]

Nov
27
2015

Introducing Sifu Porf Jou

On our last trip to Taiwan, Sifu Adam Hsu introduced us to Sifu Porf Jou, martial arts teacher. We had long been interested in him, since we saw both teachers sharing some pages on YouTube. Now we are happy to announce that we are adding Sifu Jou to our list of top teachers. Like George […]

Nov
2
2015

Paul Eng’s Mantis Exits the Cave

You might ask, “What do you mean by ‘Paul Eng’s Mantis Exits the Cave’? He never published a book or video on that subject.” And you would be correct: Sifu Eng never did publish a sixth volume in his famous and important series of foundational books on the Mantis system. But he did write one, […]

May
1
2015

Wu style Tai Chi, Praying Mantis Sword

Our newest Chinese texts (more and more people seem to want these) include a traditional Chinese version of Wang Pei Sheng’s famous Wu style Tai Chi book with beautiful illustrations showing not only the 37 move form but applications for all the movements in it. This along with a Praying Mantis book showing not only […]

Jan
23
2015

The Bowman and the Tiger: excerpt

The following story is told in China: A hunter in ancient times was out on a moonlit night when he saw a tiger seated some ten meters away. Frightened, he tensed his bow and with all his intent he let loose his arrow, because if he did not kill the tiger fast, the tiger would […]

Jun
23
2014

QA: Is there a Mantis out there…?

I have been a student of Kung fu, kenpo, and tai chi since 1988. I am looking for praying mantis of a type I was taught, supposedly Chinese by way of Hawaii. It is a very rolled up approach to mantis emphasizing entering the opponent’s guard, employing hooking and grasping. It also emphasized attacking or […]

Jun
28
2011

Sifu Interview: Liu He Mantis and Practice

Linda Darrigo is a Sifu. But, more importantly, she is a long time student of Chinese Martial Arts with a highly invested background of time spent perfecting her art. For more than thirty years she has been practicing hard to develop a deep understanding of the art from the point of view of someone who […]