The Formation of the Mantis Style
During the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), a revelation of a new marital art form known as the Praying Mantis was discovered. The story was passed down to Huang Jian Kwang (also known as John Wong) by his Master named Chen Sau Phan.
Master Chen Sau Phan began the story with his great great great Grand Master when he had to compete in competitions to test his skills and to learn the techniques of others he had to face. One day there was a stronger opponent that defeated the Great Great Great Grand Master. With much dismay, he left the competition after it ended and headed home.
While he was on his way home, he went to rest underneath a tree and noticed two mantes fighting one another. They significantly struck his interest and he studied them carefully. With his newly profound inspiration he began to innovate a unique fighting style called the Mantis style. It consisted of quick foot work and the use of the arms that could quickly snap and blind a man in an instant. After the Great Great Great Grand Master formed and perfected his new style, he went on to challenge his competitors at the next competition and prevailed.
Later in his life he accepted 2 students to teach them the art of the Mantis style. There are two forms that the Great Great Great Grand Master established and each student was taught one form. One student was taught to be extremely fast and powerful with his arms and the other was taught to be fierce and swift with his legs. The student that did exceptionally well with his legs moved North after his training and the student that did exceedingly well with his arms remained in Southern China (Guang Dong Province).
During the Course of hiding, a massive bounty was placed upon The Body Guard (Grand master) and he had to escape from china. He took off to Indonesia where he lived peacefully. While there, the Grand master, with his superior martial arts, accepted one student at a time with a total of 10 students throughout his life. The Grand Master taught each student individually until each one had mastered the art of The Southern Mantis style. His tenth and last student was Chen Sau Phan.
In the early seventies Master Chen Sau Phan accepted Huang Jian Kwang (John Wong) as his Student, along with others, to learn and carry on the Southern Mantis Style. Huang Jian Kwang’s keen sense of interest got him to excel in this form of martial art. Throughout the years he was unable to keep in touch with his master. In April of 2010, Huang Jian Kwang traveled back to Indonesia with the anticipation of finding his master. Unfortunately, his whereabouts were unknown. If he were to be alive today he would be in his late eighties. This is my story of the Origin of the Mantis style and how I got the opportunity to learn this unique form of The Southern Mantis Style.
-John Wong, 8th Degree