Praying Mantis

kung fu / Chinese boxing - martial arts


The Kwong Sai Jook Lum Gee a.k.a. Gong Sai Juk Lam Ji style of Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu dates back to the early 19th century and has been handed down in an unbroken lineage. This is a close quarters fighting system designed for self protection verses sport. It is considered a soft-hard style of southern kung fu. For the soft side it uses spring like feeling with varying tensions to connect/bridge with and manipulate the positioning. Whereas the hard side responds by utilizing alignment and explosive tension known as short power to deliver devastating attacks. When fighting, Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu is constantly toggling between soft and hard. The leg attacks are typically focused below the waist to help maintain a stable structure and the ability to deliver short power at a moments notice.

SiFu Casey Fryer

6th Generation Inner/Closed Door Disciple

My training began in 1998 under 5th generation master, Gin Foon Mark.  Under his tutelage I was instructed in the art of Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.  Given the opportunity of moving into his school, I dedicated myself fully to training.  My primary area of study during this time was feeling and timing exercises, movement, and two person forms. I also studied Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung, basic Chinese calligraphy, and acupuncture points.  My time living with and training under Master Gin Foon Mark is an experience that has forever shaped my life and martial arts abilities.

Ten years into my training I connected with my senior kung fu brothers from Philadelphia: Joe McSorley, John Clark, John O’hara, and Phil Weibl.  They welcomed me into their homes and taught me another perspective of the art. With them I primarily focused on short power, structure, and utilizing Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu in highly combative situations. Their immense abilities and understanding of teaching the practical application and the art as a whole are unparalleled.

Experiencing those two different approaches to Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu has given me a unique understanding of the style, and is heavily reflected in my teaching philosophy.

On April 10th, 2008 myself and four of my kung fu brothers completed a ceremony and became the 6th generation Inner/Closed Door Disciples of Master Gin Foon Mark.

Aside from my martial arts I have national certifications as a fitness trainer and kundalini yoga instructor. Also have spent roughly fifteen weeks training in wilderness survival through the Tracker School with Tom Brown Jr in New Jersey.

Training Options

kung fu - fitness - meditation - urban & primitive self reliance skills - martial arts

Kung Fu Training Group

This class focuses on using Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu in combative scenarios with varying levels of force.  All techniques are pressure tested to make sure they work for you.  This can get intense, to balance that out there are milder exercises to develop feeling and proper alignment.  The last 30 minutes of training is optional.  During this time we work on various other styles of martial art concepts and or urban and primitive self reliance skills.

Before considering coming out, please note that our training isn’t for collecting forms or belts and it doesn’t always feel great.

 

Joining

Want to join the training group?  Admittance is based on character and willingness to train hard.  It’s FREE to try a session and see if we’re a good match.

 

Fees

To make it financially accessible for anyone to train the only fee is an annual donation of $120 or volunteer 24 hours at a food shelf.  Receipt of donation or volunteer hours are needed prior to coming back.  Do not bring us your donations, just the proof.

 

Gear

We require mma gloves, groin protection, mouth guard, forearm guards, and Muay Thai style shin guards. This is mandatory.

 

Teachers

Training is overseen by Sifu Casey and three of his senior disciples; Brad Longtin, Justin Campbell, and Claire Watne.
Training takes place around the Minneapolis – Golden Valley area and often outside depending on weather.

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Strength & Conditioning Group

Group fitness training designed to work on your bodies overall strength and cardiovascular condition. We will be utilizing basic movement skills and body-weight exercises to achieve full body workouts. Most exercises are done for time, allowing you the option to push yourself or pace yourself. This is a class for everyone! Participants should bring an exercise or yoga mat, water, and a hand towel.

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Private Training

Done in-home and completely customized to your goals and needs.  Martial arts, fitness, guided meditation, urban and primitive self-reliance, or a mix of your choice.

Rates are $65 per hour within the highway loop of 100-62-494-55. If you are outside of that loop there is an additional fee of $20.

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Contact

If you are interested in trying a class or private training please send an inquiry.