Praying Mantis Kung Fu


Twice a week. Come to one, a few or all!
Friday, starts Jan 9, 7:30-9pm
Sunday, starts Jan 11, 2:30-4pm
$15-20 per session | pre-registration required | 416.866.8484

Mai Cao has been training in the martial arts for nearly 20 years. She began her training in Kobudo (Okinawan weaponry) and attained the rank of black belt before beginning her training in Shaolin Kung Fu, under Sifu Rupert Harvey (Golden Harmony Kung Fu). She is currently an instructor and 2nd degree black sash at Golden Harmony Kung Fu Club. Mai first began teaching when invited to the Butterfly Peace Garden, a sanctuary for war affected children in the eastern province of Sri Lanka (2004), returning twice (2007 & 2010) she expanded her teachings to various affiliated centers across Sri Lanka ranging from convents to refugee camps and detention centers. Mai has also taught at SKETCH (working arts for street involved and homeless youth), Eight Branches Healing Arts, Spirit Wind Healing Arts, The rape crises center and at Six Degrees Acupuncture in Toronto.

Kung Fu (also Gung Fu) is a compound of two words combining Gong meaning achievement or merit and Fu meaning man. A literal translation could be “human achievement”. Originally to practice Kung Fu did not apply specifically to the martial arts, instead it referred to the process of ones training, the strengthening of the mind and body, the learning and perfecting of ones skills through great effort rather than what was being practiced. In this class it is this “process” which is emphasized.
Praying Mantis Kung Fu was the last complete system developed at one of the North Shaolin monasteries in the 17th century. Its built upon the basic stances and striking techniques of North Shaolin Kung Fu, the oldest known system of Kung Fu (aprox. 475 AD), and incorporates sticking, hooking and grappling techniques modelled after the movement of the praying mantis. It also uses the sensitivity and circular principles found in Tai Chi to re-direct oncoming force to one’s advantage, making it an ideal system of self defense against stronger opponents. Those who appreciate challenge will likely find joy in this practice and leave Mai’s class feeling energized and relaxed.