Q &A 4/30/17
Q: Does Mantis have iron shirt/fist type conditioning exercises?
Chi Sau is the art of occupying the empty space
Q: Mantis seems to be heavily focused on attacking, but does it also have blocks and defensive maneuvers?
With this thinking, we generally do not focus on defense as an individual skill but rather a consequence of engagement. While we may deflect or absorb a strike on our way to the center, the block is never hard-line but rather a side-effect of the initial attack being intercepted. Remember, the idea is to attack the nearest point of contact while moving through to the mother-line (dead center) of your opponent.
Q: Can you explain what Daoist yoga is?
For example: If you look at the basic press up progressions and the get up exercises that I teach; these are all coded “yoga” exercises…slow them down and you can see clearly the methodology for this. Martial art training is meant to strengthen the body and sharpen the mind for all aspect of life, not just self defense. This is why we say self protection. We protect ourselves by sitting, standing, and moving from various anatomical positions with intent and focus. There just tends to be a strong martial influence seeded with in the practice. Add to this focused breath and concentrated mind and you will have the yoga you seek.