Master Kai Uwe Pel was born in Recklinghausen, Germany in 1964. Kai Uwe Pel has been deeply involved in Chinese Martial Art since he began his formal training in Hong Kong at the age of sixteen. Since that time, he has studied with many noted Masters both in this country and in the Orient and has himself taught for more than 30 years.
Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu is one of the famous traditional fighting styles from China. It was made famous in Shanghai by the late Great Grandmaster Luo Guang Yu, and now the style has returned to Shanghai once more with Master Kai Uwe Pel. In October 2012, Kai Uwe Pel retired from teaching Chinese Martial Arts in Shanghai.
We are based in Shanghai and many students who try our class are staying here for a limited time. We only have 'teachers' and 'students', but it's generally accepted that it takes two years to progress to an 'intermediate' level from beginner.
Any new student who can only stay for two or three months, for example, is not going to get anything except a basic idea of what happens in a martial arts class. We also appreciate that some students might decide to stay longer if they become dedicated to the training. So, we have decided to set a minimum initial training time of one year. - All new students must be in Shanghai for at least a year stay.
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The Northern Praying Mantis system is a very famous and popular style in China and all over the world today. It was created in the Shandong Province of northern China approximately 350 years ago. Legend has it that a Shaolin Monk named Wang Lang, who had studied other systems of Shaolin, observed a praying mantis in combat with a cicada. He was impressed by the strategic fighting of the victorious praying mantis. It attacked and retreated at the right moments, used long distance blows and close crushes effectively, grasped and released methodically. He then captured the praying mantis and discovered that its movements contained twelve principal methods of attack and defense. By imitating the forearms of the praying mantis, adding the swift steps of the monkey and certain aspects of seventeen other famous Shaolin systems of that time, he combined the principles of rigidity and flexibility to create the system as Praying Mantis. Since then, Northern Praying Mantis has become a complete system in the martial arts circle with each generation of disciples supplementing it with new concepts and techniques. One added the iron-palm techniques, another added internal breathing exercises, and still others different weapons techniques. One unique characteristic of this style is that the hand movements are coordinated with the footwork, it is considered the fastest fighting system and the most deadly Shaolin system of strategy.
Classes cover all aspects of the system. You will study and learn:
- The Traditional Training Forms - Fighting sequences for building footwork, combinations and power.
- Qin Na - Joint locking. Manipulating the opponent's limbs.
- Application of the '12 Keywords' - Start from this platform and practice your combat technique with controlled exercises.
- Fitness and Conditioning - make your body strong and flexible.
- The Traditional Weapons of China - our Tang Lang School also teaches weapon skill.
Our style is the Seven Star Praying Mantis lineage. This style is most readily identified with Grandmaster Luo Guang Yu. Master Luo came from Shandong to teach in the Shanghai Chin Wo Men from 1919 onwards and so his style become nationally famous throughout the country. Master Luo often defended his style and his teacher's (Master Fan Xu Dong) honour in challenges and placed this deadly art's high skill level firmly into the modern public mind.