21st October 2016

Master Wong Hon-Fan’s Praying Mantis School: A Photographic History; 1935 – 1973.
Collected, Compiled and Published by: James Rodriguez

1st October 2016

dsc04617Inside the Ying Bin Martial Arts School (英斌武馆), Dalian, China 2016.

*The Ying Bin Martial Arts school was first established in Dalian by Grand master Fan Xudong’s disciple named Xiao Shubin (肖树斌)  in the year 1909.*

June 2014

Dear all, we have just returned from another prolonged period in China. Our everyday involved the study and revision of Seven Stars Praying Mantis forms, weapons, two-person forms, applications, Neigong and Daoyin under the guidance of Master Chi. The above was reinforced with the aid and understanding of Chinese language, etymology, Taoism, Buddhism, culture, history, health preservation, herbal medicine, tea culture and dietetics.

On another note; after years of unsuccessfully trying to amass support and collect donations in order to establish a place of memorial for Great-grandmaster Wang Yunsheng in Yantai, Fushan district. It is with great pleasure I can announce that a memorial hall for Great-grandmaster Wang Yunsheng, the founder of Seven Stars Praying Mantis is already underway in Dalian. Upon its completion a special ceremony will be held and we cordially invite any fellow practitioners who may wish to attend along with us.

 With best wishes,

 J Rodriguez

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June 2013

China Study & Research Trip 2013

Dear all,

As you may know, Kui De Tang run an annual study and research trip to China. The school has just returned from this intense month of learning. Students followed Grandmaster Chi learning all aspects of Seven Stars Praying Mantis along with Traditional Chinese Culture, Daoism, Buddhism, Chinese Medicine, Health Preservation, Dietetics and Tea Culture. Students studied under Grandmaster Chi all day every day, they completely immersed themselves in training, focusing on different aspects at various times in the day. We also succeeded in uncovering further information regarding the history of other branches, with the help of a Grand-disciple of Master Hu Yongfu and a Great-grand disciple of Xiao Shubin. The experience was enriching and fulfilling as always, and gave time for Students to take stock of what they have learned, focus on their development, and continue on their personal journey with Kui De Tang. Grandmaster Chi offers a vast wealth of knowledge that of which others can only hope to gain a slight amount. However we should always relish the enormity of our task as we stand on the tip of the iceberg!

Jaime Rodriguez.

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