Praying Mantis Kung Fu

The Praying Mantis Kung Fu Academy

Learn Authentic Kung Fu from a Master!

Get in shape while learning self defence from the ancestral art of karate and jujitsu in an atmosphere of fun and fitness. Learn the unique hard, soft style of Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu which incorporates techniques effective for men and women of all sizes and abilities.

Strengthen your mind and body through the study of traditional empty hand forms, traditional two man/women forms, sparring, grappling skills and traditional weapons forms

What is Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu?

Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu is a self defence oriented art. It is practical and not necessary to be a gymnast to learn the techniques. Seven Star Praying Mantis was founded in the seventeenth century by master Wong Long, a student of Shaolin Kung Fu who wanted to improve his style. He developed a new combat system based on the fighting techniques of the praying mantis, copying principles behind the insect’s movements. He classified them into categories of attack and defence. To compensate for the mantis’s weak legs master Wong introduced footwork based on the agile footwork of the monkey. He further borrowed techniques from seventeen other systems to formulate a complete style. Seven Star Praying Mantis emphasizes the mutuality of "hard" and "soft" techniques, by which the practitioner seeks to avoid using sheer power alone. The system uses long range kicking strategies, close range trapping in-fighting techniques, attacks to vital points, joint locks, and throws. The syllabus includes traditional Chinese weapons such as the staff, sabre, spear and sword.

Chief instructor Sifu Jon Funk has had over thirty five five years of martial arts experience. He started Judo at age eleven, and has practiced Southern Shaolin Kung Fu and dabbled in boxing. In 1979 Sifu Funk began learning Seven Star Praying Mantis under Master Al Cheng, and has continued his study of the Praying Mantis style in Hong Kong and China.

What can I expect from learning Kung Fu?

You can expect to gain confidence from the study of self defence. With regular practice you will obtain an improved level of fitness with an increase in flexibility and aerobic levels.

In the kung fu classes there is an emphasis on the development of everyone's skill. In the family like atmosphere you will enjoy the friendly interaction with your fellow classmates.

When can I start?

Beginners can register in order to start program anytime. Each new student will be taught a special introductory syllabus so as to fully integrate into the beginner classes.

Experienced martial artists are welcome and all previous training will be respected and consolidated into learning Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu.

For information on a free trial lesson call today 220-4779

Beginner Classes:
Tuesday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Intermediate Classes:
Tuesday 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Three classes a week $186 (includes HST) for three months of lessons.


On the second floor ofthe Community Center between the Library & The High School
870 Denman Street
Vancouver BC V6G 2L8

Call today - (604) 220-4779