SEVEN STAR PRAYING MANTIS kung fu was founded in the 17th century by Wong Long, a Shaolin student. Master Long developed a new system based on his observations of the praying mantis. He copied the insect's quick grasping and ripping claw movements, then classified them into attack and defense patterns.
Noting that the mantis has weak legs, Wong Long built the system's footwork on the agility of the monkey, then completed his new system by importing the best techniques from other styles of his day.
SIFU JON FUNK has over 35 years experience in the martial arts. He learned Seven Star Praying Mantis from Master Al Cheng. Sifu Funk is a direct 8th generation lineage descendant of the founder. He is also trained in judo and is a champion Kung Fu forms competitor. Sifu Funk is frequently published in martial art magazines. He is the host of the Tiger Balm Internationals and operates a school in Vancouver, BC