About Us

Simply Gung Fu: Countryside Arts

School of Physical Studies            Located in Belvidere Illinois

Prairie Mantis Gung Fu: The People’s Art

MISSION STATEMENT: Our goal at 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

Simply Gung Fu Countryside Arts of Belvidere Illinois is dedicated to preserving, refining and propagating the historic close combat system known as “Juk Lam Ji Naam Tong Long Pai / Bamboo Forest Temple Southern Praying Mantis school. We do our work with great respect for all family lines stemming from The Monk Saam Daat and especially to 5th generation master, Gin Foon Mark, whom has endorsed our training hall for all future generations.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a comprehensive training syllabus, with active conditioning in the four traditional excellence’s of martial art; Striking, kicking, seizing and grappling.


All for use. Nothing for show.

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. While specializing in  Southern Praying Mantis  Sifu Riley also has supplemental training in Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Taoist Yoga, Iron Lohan, and Pak Mei Martial Arts, among other interests.


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.