Instructor courses that have
taken place for the past year & a half and have produced new instructors.
These courses are in-depth and are for 6 hours per day on the last Sunday
of every Month.
If you wish to
apply then read on...
CHOW GAR PRAYING MANTIS
Frequently Asked Questions
[Questions & Answers]
What is an ACTP?
This is an intensive training programme, which covers three years of training
material into just 18 months.
Do I need to be experienced in the martial arts?
If you already have experience, this would be a great advantage, but this is
not essential. Do be aware that if you have little or no experience it may mean
additional extreme training within your own time to complete the course successfully.
What is the course content?
This depends on the system that you wish to study, but the guidelines are similar,
there are a total of ten modules to each art.
Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu
This martial art is from Southern China and is
a very revered fighting art. It is a close quarter combat system using low kicks
and the famous phoenix eye punching technique. It has many two person training
drills and power exercise. Its rapid hand skills made it one of the most famous
martial arts to come from China.
Module 1 covers;
Basic steps, 1st form (saam bo jin). 18 Bridge hands, basic hand drills and
training exercises for power and strength. Form Shaking off the bridge hand
Module 2 covers;
Covers Breathing mist form, Turning hand for, double strike form and banging
on the drum form, plus application of these form. You will be taught 5 training
chongs to develop the sensitivity. Training drills that help reaction and natural
development of the techniques in these forms. These are seldom taught
Module 3 covers;
Two sensitivity drill, there are 8 parts to this particular drill, such as “hunting
the arm points” such phenomenal reflex training skill was shown personally
to Paul Whitrod from Grandmaster Yip Shui, this skill is now open to you.
Module 4 covers;
locking skills, and locking flow drills plus Master Paul Whitrod will show two
new forms that develop fast hitting and fast footwork. These two are Kau da
Sau & Bic Sarn. “Hitting hands and lifting the mountain form”
Module 5 covers;
The 36 section fighting form, this seldom taught two person helps to develop
the footwork, stamina and co-ordination. Plus the flying Dragon legs form. This
is the only kicking form in the Mantis system. The first part will be shown
in the module.
Module 6 covers
the next part of poon long keok “flying Dragon legs form” This concentrates
on the floor aspect of the form. This was exclusively shown to Master Paul Whitrod
by Grandmaster Yip Shui and now this is open to yourselves. Plus important training
drills for the flying dragon legs form.
Module 7 covers
Fighting aspects from the 24 principals of fighting theory, showing applications
of where to hit on the body with all skills shown. Plus weapons training, master
Paul Whitrod will shown the staff form and two person staff fighting forms.
Module 8 covers
Iron Rulers weapon “dit jek” plus the two person fighting form with
the pole against the dit jek. Plus applications of the pole and dit jek
Module 9 covers
The sword, swimming dragon sword and Mo ying sau “hands with no shadow”
plus applications of the forms.
Module 10 covers
All what has been learnt over the course plus the introduction of the bo sim
sau form “ Searching insect hand”. This is one of the most important
training skills with the system.
After completion of the course and testing the content certificates are awarded
to those who pass the examination.
When are these course dates?
Last Sunday of Every Month.
Can I enrol at any time?
[Yes you can enrol at any month, because module 1 starts for you at that given
time.] Students are advised to enrol during course dates provided, this is to
guarantee a space but we will endeavour to allocate you within a month that
How long is the training?
This is an intensive one year course that covers all you need to know for your
recognised instructor qualification. It will be over a weekend between the hours
of 10.00am – 3.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Adequate weekends will be
given to you so that you may retain information and also study by yourself to
get the most out of this course.
What if I miss a weekend?
If you miss a weekend then you must be prepared to take private tuition and
catch up on course material, everything must be completed within the year time
How much does the course cost in total?
Total cost is £1800 per 18 month training course. It can be paid in three
instalments of £600.
To book a place a deposit of £200 must be paid, with a further £400
to be paid on the day.
Please note that fees are non refundable once training commences.
What qualification do I achieve from this course?
You will achieve an instructors certificate in the Southern Chow Gar Praying Mantis
martial art. Recognised by the BCCMA. Our Martial Arts School [I myself] will
draft a letter to the BCCMA of your achievement.
What happens after the course?
On your completion you will be eligible to enrol on the final module course
consisting of four modules. Here you will learn about the advanced weapons:
Spear, Straight sword, Staff and double hooks swords. Later you can train in
Medicine for treatment of injuries, which will complete the entire programme.
When can I reserve a place for the 1st programme?
To reserve a place please express your interest by getting in contact via the
details below. Do also include your deposit which should be made payable to
Praying Mantis, [and send to] Ithaca House, 27 Romford Road, Stratford, London
This is a full time Martial Arts school, that is close to local amenities,
including restaurants, Stratford underground station (Central line) and bus
terminal. Buses: 25, 308, 86 drops you to our door. There are a number of reasonably
priced hotels near by [we have hotels] that can accommodate for the duration
of a weekend.
Places are limited to 12 to 15 people at a time so don’t hesitate to book
If you have any further enquires [questions] you can contact Master Paul
Whitrod on 07702 594 398
Paul Whitrod Sifu