Kung-Fu Styles of the Chinese Kung-Fu Club

Northern Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu is widely considered to be the Father of all Chinese Kung-Fu. It developed at the five major ancient temples in China as a result of the great teachings of Bodhidharma. Throughout time, many of the temples have been destroyed and only one still remains. Traditional Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu is of Buddhist descent and many Buddhist beliefs are integrated into the study of the art. Northern Shaolin monks worked within the temples while studying Kung-Fu. Most cared only to use their Kung-Fu in self-defense when it was necessary to defend their temple or their master.

Over time, countless separate styles and subsystems have branched off of the Northern Shaolin system and philosophy. Students of Kung-Fu are known for their good deeds, energetic public service, and inspiration as positive role models. Northern Kung-Fu is known for its fluid and powerful kicks, sweeping techniques, and lightning-fast long-range movements. It also has characteristics of long-range hand and foot methodology in addition to an arsenal of ground fighting techniques. Movements are graceful as well as extremely powerful.

The Praying Mantis style of Chinese Kung-Fu imitates the deadly attack and defense techniques of the aggressive mantis insect. The original Praying Mantis style was introduced to the Northern Shaolin Temple some 700 years ago. Four masters of Kung-Fu outside of Northern Shaolin brought their mantis style to the temple. Each of these disciples claimed that their style was superior to the rest. To settle the dispute, the disciples descended into the forest to refine their distinct mantis style.

Four distinct mantis systems evolved and were named after the unique markings on the back of the mantis upon which each style was based. The first had the appearance of seven dots and was subsequently called Shi Shing (chi-ching) Mantis. The second had markings of the plum flower blossom and was thereafter known as Plum Flower Mantis. The third system's mantis had no markings on its back and was therefore known as Kwong Pan Mantis. The fourth mantis had the peculiar markings of the Yin and Yang symbol and was named Tai Tsoi Mantis. Tai Tsoi Mantis, also known as Tai Praying Mantis is one of the least known of the original four mantis styles. It is considered, however, to be the most effective of all ancient martial arts styles practiced in the world today.

Founded in 1979 by Sifu Arthur Berry, the Chinese Kung-Fu Club of DeKalb, Illinois follows the teachings of Grand Master Chin Ho Yin in its interpretation and application of the ancient art of Chinese Kung-Fu. Sifu Berry Studied 7 years of Tai Praying Mantis Kung-Fu and Chinese Boxing. He also studied 7 years of Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu and studied with a great Buddhist Shaolin Monk of the Shaolin Temple in China. The school focuses on the distinct styles of Northern Shaolin and Tai Praying Mantis Kung-Fu.

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