Training Curriculum

Dedicated students should expect to spend up to three years learning this system, and many more mastering it. Your pace will depend on how well you understand the system mechanics and how often you practice.

Students advance in three stages. First you must grasp the fundamentals. I don’t care what martial art or sport you practice, those who excel master the basics. To build a temple, you must start with a solid foundation.

There are different partner exercises at each level to supplement the individual drills and exercises.

Each level includes a contact hard and soft contact drill, a mor qui (controlling drill), and drills that help you harness the energy or motion you’ll learn in individual forms and exercises.

Southern Praying Mantis self-defense system

What to expect at the school

We foster an open and friendly but serious atmosphere. You should enjoy training and coming to the school. The drills and exercises can be strenuous, but it’s necessary for improvement.

GM Yee would say come to class to learn and go home and practice. This is a learning environment first, you must train on your own to improve. Due to space and time limitations, it’s not a gym set up where you can train on your own time.

Group class is presently only once per week. Group class allows students to work with other students in a collaborative environment.

Private lessons

We spend the first few minutes talking, asking questions and preparing to train. Most classes are broken up into thirds. The first third is chi kung and drills, then two-person exercises, and lastly solo or with partner/instructor conditioning training.

Some basic rules

  • Be on time. If you're going to be late, call or text. I’ll wait for you about 15 minutes before.

  • Please try not to arrive more than five minutes before your class time. I likely have another student before your class.

  • We don’t require uniforms. Wear whatever makes you comfortable.