If you’re interested in traditional forms, I have a complete training program for you.
Iron Mantis forms are a great way to improve balance, strength, flexibility and mobility.
You will start off with the 12 basic stances, focusing on proper structure, flexibility and rooting. Rooting is important so people can’t knock you down or throw you. Next we move onto the 8 stance method which shows you how to incorporate basic footwork, blocks and punches with the stances. The third form is the 12 punch method, working on developing power from your stances and waist while simultaneously blocking and striking.
After completing the 3 basic forms, we move into the intermediate forms: the 8 hard method, 12 keyword method and 12 soft method.
Next we move to the more advanced forms – 10 kick method, 12 linking palms and 12 mantis method – we use hooking, grabbing, plucking and pulling for attack and defense.
We finish up with the Shaolin Qigong breath set.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is translated as “life force” or “vital energy” that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced “gung,” means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
This form of Qigong focuses on combining your movements with your breath. There are long and short breaths, slow and fast, double inhales and exhales, all combined with martial arts techniques.
I also offer training in classical weapons such as the staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, double daggers, long-handled army sword, 3-sectional staff, double broadswords, 9-sectional chain whip, and monk spade.
Classical weapons training is fun; it is demanding and it teaches you how to make anything in your surroundings into a weapon.
Life is good, train hard.
– Master Hughes