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Brandon Jones is one of the few people I know who when asked once upon a time, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ was able to answer and did it and still is.
Brandon is a Master Sifu. For over three decades he has practiced and taught the art of Praying Mantis Kung Fu. Being curious about martial arts myself I decided to reach out to my old friend and learn about this ancient discipline.
I’m glad I did. This was a fascinating conversation about one of the oldest traditions known. I hope you enjoy.
Seven Star Praying Mantis is the primary style taught at Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness. It is a complete system utilizing both the hands and feet in combination with submission and throwing technique. This system is known for its quick and extremely effective self defense applications.
The legendary Wong Long, developed this system while spending his days at the Shaolin Temple. Taking the best techniques from 17 other styles of the time, Wong created one of the most effective fighting systems ever developed in China. This system includes striking and kicking as well as joint locks, throws, and close quarter techniques.
Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu focuses on learning to effectively use the attackers own force against them. This includes evading and balance disruption techniques and also focuses on strengthening and conditioning the body. With an emphasis on principles over specific techniques, practitioners are better prepared to deal with dynamic situations that occur in actual combat.
The graphic on the right depicts the lineage that can be traced from the founder of Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness (Brandon Jones) all the way back to Wong Long, the original founder of Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
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