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    A very relevant topic not just for mantis but for...

    A very relevant topic not just for mantis but for all kung fu systems in my opinion.

    I would like to see mantis be reduced in material back to its essence and have mantis become so practical and...
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    I saw this post late last night. I realized...

    I saw this post late last night.
    I realized after I logged out that the writer was talking about what was called by my Sifu, Tai Chi Zhang translated as Tai Chi Palm. This was the primary Tai Chi...
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    Hello, I study CCK Tai Chi Praying mantis. Is...

    Hello,

    I study CCK Tai Chi Praying mantis. Is form translated as Six Harmony Palm?

    I know this form as Lien Her Zhang.
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    Great techniques.! We have a similar technique...

    Great techniques.! We have a similar technique to your double forearm block in Tai Chi mantis.

    We just do it as an arm break and then follow up with a palm to the ribs.

    You are a Sifu from...
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    Thank you Richard, I have always believed that...

    Thank you Richard,

    I have always believed that refining the essentials was what made any system great. I would like to see more schools adopt smaller curriculums and give their students the value...
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    Amount of So Fa Necessary in Mantis

    I think a lot of good discussion has been explored about Northern Mantis in this forum.

    I think focusing on less material is just practical. Many would argue that kung fu has many more facets than...
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    I have seen this Sifu's clip before and It is...

    I have seen this Sifu's clip before and It is VERY impressive. He demonstrates a LOT of control of his opponent, great speed, and a hell of a lot of Jing.
    He also seems to a patient teacher.

    It...
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    Ornate Chinese Staffs

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a company that sells ornately carved Chinese staffs.

    I practice with rattan staffs and used to use white wax wood. I am looking to buy a friend a gift who...
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    I am sure it will be a great seminar! I have...

    I am sure it will be a great seminar!
    I have great faith in your training and methods.

    Regards,

    Steve Harris
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    Hello Richard, I hope both books are very...

    Hello Richard,

    I hope both books are very successful!

    Best Wishes,

    Steve
  11. I understand about long commutes. Sifu Tony...

    I understand about long commutes. Sifu Tony Puyot has a teacher in MA but he is also about 2 hours away from me.
    It is a shame since his system and teaching methods are very good.
    Good luck with...
  12. I have two suggestions for you in your search for...

    I have two suggestions for you in your search for Bak Tang Lang Chuan in the area of Los Angeles, CA.

    Sifu Manuel Marquez teaches CCK Tai Chi Praying mantis, Seven Star Praying Mantis, and Bak Sil...
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    Kung Fu Schools in Tucson, Arizona Here are...

    Kung Fu Schools in Tucson, Arizona

    Here are some schools I found in your area. The White Crane School looks quite good to me.

    Wing Chun

    Tucson
    Fong's Wing Chun Gung Fu Federation
    920...
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    The school you gave a link to was a Shaolin-Do...

    The school you gave a link to was a Shaolin-Do school. I believe that the thread on their lack of credibility is the longest on the forum.

    I would personally stay away from that school.
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    I have studied with Sifu Chiang for many years...

    I have studied with Sifu Chiang for many years when the economy was good.
    I was just wondering about this school. Do they focus on primarily forms or do they care about self defense applications of...
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    American Jiann Shyong Kung Fu Center

    Is there anyone that is familiar with the American Jiann Shyong Kung Fu Center and their instructors?

    The following is a link to the school’s web page.

    http://www.jiannshyongkungfu.com/

    They...
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    Very cool, Richard. Their DVD looked very...

    Very cool, Richard.

    Their DVD looked very good. The 7* version of Lan Jie is quite different in flavor to CCK Tai Chi Mantis but it is excellent and they explain the applications to the form...
  18. Congratulations and good luck, Sifu Graham. ...

    Congratulations and good luck, Sifu Graham.

    Regards,
    Steve
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    Does anyone know what type of kung fu the nuns...

    Does anyone know what type of kung fu the nuns practice.

    I looked at their website and I saw some nuns in a horse stance holding out their arms straight in front of them with their hands in a...
  20. I am sorry about the bad link. The following...

    I am sorry about the bad link. The following should work.

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=40625426
  21. The following is my version of Ba Dah Maa Bu ...

    The following is my version of Ba Dah Maa Bu

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=app_2392950137&id=100000067009356#!/video/video.php?v=100772403268326
  22. Thank you for the information. I thought I...

    Thank you for the information. I thought I recognized the spear form. It looks like Say Moon Chiang(Four Door Spear). It is nice to see that different branches of mantis can share material.
  23. The first form seen in this video, a small group...

    The first form seen in this video, a small group form is almost identical to the first form taught in Tai Chi Praying Mantis Kung fu, Bada Mabu (Eight Basic Stances).

    I was wondering if this form...
  24. Thank you, Richard. I look forward to your...

    Thank you, Richard.

    I look forward to your video of Bung Bu.

    Regards,

    Steve
  25. "However, I don't teach either form. I teach a...

    "However, I don't teach either form. I teach a blended form that demonstrates the high points of the 7*, CCK TJMH and TJMH versions, with a TJMH PM energy.
    Yeah, I know traditionalists (whatever...
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