We are a study group of the Bamboo Temple Chinese Benevolent Association, Kwongsai Jook Lum for the whole D.C Metro area that meets in Sandy Spring Md. We meet on Sundays from 11am-12:30pm at the Studio For Ballet Arts at:
17810 Meeting House Road
Moore Building, Suite 350
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860
(Thanks to the Owner, Alison, for allowing us to use one of her studios. She is truly appreciated!)
In our group, we strive to become better and better! If you are in the Baltimore/DC/Virginia area, come check us out!
The fee is $20 a class. Most martial arts classes in the area charge around around 20-25 dollars for a 45min class. we charge a reasonable fee for a top notch, rarely seen system of martial arts!
The basic 18 hand skills of Jook Lum Southern Praying Mantis are:
• Mor Sao Grinding hand; feeling hand; foundation of mantis hands.
• Gwak Shu Sweeping hand, as if sweeping with a broom. Hooks centerline outward from solar plexus to lower gate.
• Choc Shu Opening hand, hooks centerline outward from solar plexus to upper gate (head).
• Sai Shu Roller arm, similar to bong sao in wing chun, uses twisting, slicing action across centerline to deflect from body. This is different from the wing chun bong sao in that it also attacks simultaneously.
• Sic Shu Eating hand, as if bringing to the mouth to eat; slicing the forearm across the centerline out to in while attacking with fingertips.
• Jik Shu Slicing hand, simultaneous forearm defense as if an ice skate blade is slicing across opponent's attack with an offense finger strike.
• Pak Shu Palm heel slap; up-down, in-out centerline.
• Lop Shu Grabbing hand, basic mantis claw wrist and elbow with several variations.
• Gop Shu Capturing hand, forearms close like clamshells capturing opponent across centerline.
• Jet Shu Straight phoenix eye punch chambered on heart; forearms and elbows protect the centerline and torso like an exoskeleton.
• Bil Jee Exploding fingers; important part of mantis, grab, poke, rake, slice, chop, and flicking actions; many variations;
• Ping Shu Flicks with fingertips; back of hand strikes.
• Jung Shu Uppercut not like Western boxing style, but more fluid and straight to target, like a snake tongue strike that sneaks over the hand and out.
• Chop Shu Finger pokes; one-, two-, five-finger strikes to the neck, carotid artery, etc.
• Gao Shu Hammerfist; a fundamental skill. Basic is a 4-corner hammerfist to the head.
• Jang Shu Sticky elbow strokes, many and varied. A basic exercise is ten elbow strokes.
• Han Shu Slice/deflect hand; forearm deflection with a simultaneous finger attack with lower phoenix eye attack.
Basic hand skills are "A, B, C's", which combine to make words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. They are further refined in chi sao sets, combination, trapping, controlling skills (dui jongs), and two-man sets of vital point striking. All hand skills are based on the foundation of an immovable stance (called Rooting) , a stance as firm as Mt. Tai, a deep-rooted stance and footwork and the segmented power of the three hands of the mantis arm; the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. The secrets of these south mantis techniques can be summed up in four characters — float, sink, swallow and spit.
Float: is the sudden release of force, explosive energy, which is capable of bouncing the opponent away in full weight. Skillfully applied, the opponent will feel like being afloat on water and is easily thrown aside.
Sink: is more difficult to master because it depends on your natural ability to learn "feeling" or perceive the opponent's exertion of force. If you master this you can render your opponent completely immobile and put him under complete control. When the opponent moves you simply sink the center into him.
Swallow: is the exertion of flexible force usually in circular manners so you intercept the opponent's blow by causing it to slide and miss the target, rather than intercepting it by force against force. This is practiced in all mantis hands.
Spit : may be explained as striking in any way, striking using the borrowed force of the opponent, or striking in such a way that the opponent feels swallow and spit, sink, and float in one strike. Without devastating power in an attack, even if the opponent lets you hit him at will you can do nothing. With essential power whatever point you hit will turn out to be a vital point. Without the essential skill of stick, listen, and follow to control the opponent, the larger, more powerful aggressor will always best you. Power and skill are the essentials of southern mantis boxing.
Warrior intent is fundamental for the style !
- Sifu Roger D. Hagood