Introduction to Southern Mantis Kung Fu (Jook Lum Tong Long)
Simon Wong is a 7th Generation Master of Bamboo Forest Temple Southern
Mantis Kung Fu (Jook Lum Tong Long).
Southern Praying Mantis systems are much respected styles of Kung
Fu with simpler, more effective techniques than the Northern Mantis
variations - designed to inflict maximum damage on an opponent.
Southern Mantis Kung Fu uses a strong stance from which to defend
against aggressive attacks. The wrists are used to manipulate the
opponent's attack, forcing an opening in their defence allowing
for a lethal & devastating counter attack targeted to vital
points of the body, destroying nerves, organs and breaking bones
- effectively rendering the opponent defenceless. This makes Southern
Mantis Kung Fu very dangerous.
The Mantis systems of Kung Fu have developed in both the north
and south of China, and are now renowned and practised world wide.
The southern Mantis Kung Fu systems have only recently travelled
to the west, where their impact has been quite dramatic. There are
four southern mantis systems of Kung Fu.
1) Chu Family Southern Mantis Kung Fu
2) Chow Family Southern Mantis Kung Fu
3) Iron Ox Southern Mantis Kung Fu
4) Bamboo Forest Temple Southern Mantis Kung Fu (Jook Lum Tong Long)
Bamboo Forest Temple style of Southern Mantis Kung Fu has only
recently been taught to westerners. Before this, the knowledge of
this mantis system was always kept among the Chinese. Consequently,
its fame has mainly been contained within the Chinese community.
Bamboo Forest Temple Southern Mantis Kung Fu was founded by Red
Eyebrow Taoist during the Ming dynasty, around the year 1523 AD
and was first practised in the Kwong Sai Bamboo Forest Temple.
After Red Eyebrow passed away, his Southern Mantis Kung Fu knowledge
and skills were passed down to his student Buddha Lee, from Buddha
Lee, the teaching was passed down to Cheung Yiu Chung. Cheung Yiu
Chung developed himself and skills in Southern Mantis Kung Fu to
remarkable standards, and was known through China as the first of
the great Canton Tigers ( 10 best fighters in Canton).
On passing away, Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu was taken
over by his top student Wong Yu Gong. Wong Yu Gong himself specialised
in the training of Iron Ribs. It was said that, during demonstrations
he would let someone strike him vigorously in the ribs with an
bar until the bar bent. Quite a task with a one inch
thick bar! On passing away, the secrets of this unique Southern
Mantis Kung Fu style were taken over by his student, whose name
was Yang Yin.
In the early 60's, Yang Yin emigrated to England. His skills in
Chinese cuisine gave him a chance to open a restaurant. In his spare
time he would teach Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu.
Around the age of 45 Yang Yin decided to open an alternative medicine
practice in London's Chinatown.
The Bamboo Forest Temple style of Southern Mantis Kung Fu involves
the knowledge of many medicines. During his life in England, Yang
Yin picked up many recommendations and became Master to many people
across the country whether in teaching Kung Fu, medicine or the
spiritual 'Sun Dar'.
Grandmaster Yang Yin was a very respected man in Chinese circles
and taught this style of Southern Mantis Kung Fu to over 1000 students
(but did not teach Westerners). Unfortunately Grandmaster Yang Yin
passed away on October 29th 1997 at 1.00 am in Brompton Hospital,
His death brought great sadness to many people and his wisdom was
sorely missed. To his son, Fun-Kit Yang, he left the medicine practice
and spiritual Sun Dar and the Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu
was left to his most respected student, Kim Law.
Prior to this, Kim Law was helping his Master teach and now all
the generations of responsibility were left to him.