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Simply Gung Fu: Countryside Arts

School of Physical Studies            Located in Belvidere Illinois

MISSION STATEMENT: Our goal at Simply Gung Fu Countryside Arts is to encourage the community’s health and wellness by heightening the personal awareness and self-assurance of the individual. This is done through the training methods of traditional martial arts.

江西竹林寺南螳螂派功夫 國術社

Whats in  a name?  Gong Sai Juk Lam Ji Naam Tong Long Paai 江西竹林寺南螳螂派 reads Kwong Sai Province Bamboo Forest Temple Southern Praying Mantis Family. The symbol 功夫 is for Gung Fu and is equal to having a trade skill.   國術社 Gwok Suet Si  is a mark used to differentiate life skills from sport or competitive skill.

Bamboo Forest Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu is a close quarters system which  has a heavy emphasis on explosive striking,  locking/seizing, as well as Low kicks and  ground fighting techniques which are reinforced through body weight fitness and combat conditioning.  The martial skills of Mantis Fist are balanced using the meditative and self regulating  practices of Taoist Yoga.

We offer instruction to all experience  levels, in small group or private sessions. Your First Lesson is free.  Contact us today!

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Prairie Mantis Kung Fu: The People’s Art

The head instructor teaching martial skill in Belvidere, Illinois is Riley Boyer, Sifu. He first began his hands on study of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu circa 1995. Specializing in  Southern Praying Mantis and Taoist Yoga. Sifu Riley also has supplemental training in Yang Tai Chi Chuan, Iron Lohan, White Lotus, and Pak Mei Martial Arts, among other interests .

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We fix Broken Gung Fu Here!


Hand to hand-heart to heart. If you don’t come I won’t start.
If you strike first, I will hit first.
Once I’ve begun I will not stop until it’s done.