Kung Fu simply means hard work to achieve a skill at something. It also means Chinese Martial arts derived from Shaolin origins.
The best way to learn Kung Fu is to find a good school with a qualified teacher (Sifu) and then be a good student by watching, listening, copying and training well.
It is difficult to find good schools and good teachers so our advice to all prospective students is to search many different martial arts schools until you find the one you like before you commit your time and fees to a school that may not deliver what you expect.
Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu has been taken to an entirely new level by Grand Master Henry Sue through over 50 years of dedication towards the essence of Kung Fu being persistent relentless training and improvement, i.e. by working had to achieve skill which appears like magic.
Our Sifu has uniquely created a fighting style using Tai Chi’s circular and borrowing movements, plus cotton palm and eagles claw to make a fighting style suited to smaller people wishing to overcome bigger opponents. It is suitable for Males and Females and training is available from a young age.
Our Kung Fu members range from 7 – 70 years old and come from all walks of life. We have policemen, doctors, students, teachers, business people, professionals and everything in between.
With over current 300 students worldwide we provide training from beginner levels up to our highest ranking student who are currently 5th degree.
It takes time and dedication to train in this style. In most instances it takes at least 10 years to become a 1st degree master (RED sash) in our schools. If you are seeking mastery in less time then this is probably not the school for you as once you achieve your 1st Degree that is when the real learning begins.
Kung Fu is a life journey. It can and does change the way you live your life if you have the passion for it. We train and believe the best defence is to attack in a sensitive, skilful, efficient, dynamic and vicious way. This is achievable from the very beginning of your training in this art.
To achieve this we train Forms, Single Techniques, Jongs (one to one set fighting applications), Free fighting (for seniors), Power and speed (Bags and hand pads)and we also train the mind to develop what we call the ‘Sun’ or ‘Zen’ – i.e. the fighting mentality or concentrated spirit.
We use forms to build our understanding of ourselves, i.e. our own energy, breathing, power and rhythm. We train weapons to increase our spacial awareness and to extend our focus and power through an extension of our hand (i.e. a weapon). This is aimed to assist students achieve better empty hand techniques as well as be able to use any object as a weapon if required.
The best way to learn more about our style is to take an introductory course and feel it for yourself.