What types of Specialized skills have they (Mantis teachers, uncles, elders and brothers) developed through Mantis Kung fu?
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The important skills in Hakka Mantis are three: Rooting in the feet, Feeling Hand (borrowing the other’s force), and Target Practice.
Other ‘feats of strength’ are simply parlor tricks. Things such as raising the testicles falsely, faith healing, chi projection, coconut breaking, phone book tearing, bottle breaking, iron body, and the likes of such, are not part of Hakka Mantis tradition.
However, by-products of Hakka Mantis training may physically result in testicle retraction or a stronger ability to withstand blows.
A particular skill, is the Mantis Claw – fingertip power. In the 1960s, there is a story that Gin Foon Mark Sifu was arrested in Central Park for killing a tree. Everyday, he went to the same tree and trained Mantis claw. When the authorities saw the tree was dying they setup a sting operation to see who or what was the culprit. It turned out to be Mark Sifu training his Mantis claw! From such are myths and legends born.
In a natural way, the Claw is trained, in the Som Bo Gin, by closing each finger individually, joint by joint, from the little finger to the thumb and also from the thumb to the little finger. Close each finger joint by joint while keep all other fingers fully extended.