Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu Training Methods
|Mantis training conditions
the fingers and bones, building up strength and resistance
gradually until the practitioner is able to do press-ups
on just one knuckle.
style of southern mantis kung fu is purely for street fighting,
and is not designed to create the look of a bodybuilder.
It is a dangerous and cruel kung fu combat system, relying on internal
power and external toughness, which is developed by training and
refining the required muscle, bones and power areas in order to
achieve the necessary results in every technique.
The southern mantis kung fu training is such that the power of
the practitioner cannot be appreciated until physically experienced,
a mere visual interpretation of his ability would be most inaccurate.
The body is conditioned, in much the same way as that of a prize
fighter in bare knuckle boxing, to absorb full power blows.
The whole body is toughened and strengthened with much effort spent
on the conditioning of the arms, the main defensive and offensive
weapon of the southern mantis kung fu system.
This is achieved by the use of metal rings which are placed around
the arm during training, having the same effect as constantly
the arm against a scaffolding tube. This type of kung fu training
is required, in conjunction with special medicine, to create strong
bones, tendons and skin, which in turn will create a vicious fighter.
The body is conditioned into a deadly southern mantis fighting
machine, inspiring the practitioner to greater courage and feeling
This is not like Karate or Tae-kwon-do practitioners, who build
up the dead skin on their arms and legs to deaden pain; in Mantis
Kung Fu the skin is still soft and sensitive. It is also unlike
the boxing practitioner, who during training retains his gloves
and the result is soft bones and skin. For example, when the boxer
Mike Tyson punched another boxer off-stage, he broke his opponent's
jaw but he broke his own finger too. This is why, when you have
strong bones, tendons and skin, you can make yourself into a vicious
and determined fighter.