teachers and grand teachers
Master Shi graduated from the Taiwan Police
Academy and later served with the Taiwan police force for several
He has been quite active within the Guoshu
(Chinese Martial Arts) Association and has been sent several times
overseas as delegate and head coach of the Chinese Taipei wushu team
between 1990 and 1998, leading his students to win bronze, silver,
and gold medals. For his role in promoting Kuoshu, the Taiwan
government awarded him with a financial grant, which he has used to
expand his school in Tainan.
A native of Tainan County, shifu Shi
Zhengzhong was born in the Lunar Year 38 (1949).
As a child shifu Shi Zhengzhong studied Southern gung fu styles
common to Taiwan such as White Crane Fist. When he was 16 years old
his shifu took him to a small demonstration of different fighting
styles. It was here that he saw a style of kung fu that he had never
seen before. On asking his teacher he discovered that it was praying
mantis and decided that was the style to follow.
Masters Come to Taiwan
As a result of the military exodus of the
Nationalists from China to Taiwan in 1949, Master Shi has been able
to study with over 30 masters who originally came from all parts of
Mainland China. Many great kung fu masters emigrated to Taiwan
during those troubled times, which provided unprecedented access to
different styles and methods. Before the emigration, one would have
spent years traveling across Mainland China to locate these great
His first main teacher of mantis was shifu Zhang Dekui from Qixia
County in Shandong province. Master Zhang taught a style of Mantis
which he only referred to as Gu Tang Lang, or ancient mantis. In
Zhang's final interview just before he passed away he spoke
emotionally of the fact that when he studied mantis as a boy there
was no name for the style except Tang Lang Chuan. Later, through
books and magazines, Master Zhang's Mantis style came to be known as
Mimen Tang Lang Quan (Secret Door Mantis Boxing).
In addition to his training with Master
Zhang he studied other Tang Lang Quan styles under the following
* Shifu Sun Rongzhai from Mouping County
Shandong province taught him Seven Star Mantis Boxing and Mizong
Quan (Lost Track Boxing).
* Shifu Zhu Jingchang from Qingdao Shandong
Province taught him Seven Stars Mantis Boxing.
* Shifu Luan Xingfu from Qingdao Shandong
Province taught him Plum Flower Mantis Boxing, Three Turns Nine
Rotations Qi Gung and Pai Da body striking and conditioning methods.
* Shifu Hao Gengsheng and shifu Wang Yanyi
of Shandong Province taught him Seven Star Mantis Boxing.
* Shifu Li Hongjie taught him Plum Flower
Mantis Boxing, two person spear practice, qi gong and Taiji Quan.
Shifu Shi Zhengzhong would drive his motorcycle 2 hours North every
weekend to study under shifu Li Hongjie.
* Shifu Gao Daosheng taught him Long Fist
* Cui Songshan, elder brother of shifu Li
Hongjie, from Ji Long (a port city that is located in north of
Taiwan) taught him Plum Flower Mantis Boxing.
*In 1990 he met
Shifu Zhao Zhuxi in Hong
Kong , who taught him Taiji Tang Lang Quan (Supreme Praying Mantis
He also visited many well known masters such as:
* Shifu Zhang Xiangsan from Shandong
Province of Six Harmonies Mantis Boxing.
* Shifu Wei Xiaotang from Shandong Province
of Eight Steps Mantis Boxing.
In addition to Tang Lang Quan he studied other gung fu styles, for
example when he was 10 years old he started learning from 80 year
old master, shifu Chen Kai White Crane Boxing. Shifu Shi Zhengzhong
* Northern Shaolin Long Fist under
shifu Jiang Xunshi from Qingdao Shandong.
* Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan and Bagua Zhang
under shifu Zhang Shirong from Hebei Province.
* Northern Luohan under shifu Gong Wendou.
* Long Fist and San Da exercises under
Wang Juezhen from Si Chuan.
Shifu Shi Zhengzhong has original notes written by shifu Li Kunshan,
Li Hongjie's shifu, as well as the medal that shifu Li won in the
spear competion in 1933.
He is renowned in Taiwan for his extensive knowledge on the history,
theory, and application of tang tang quan. His favorite forms are
Plum Flower 2nd Essentials and Mimen's Luanjie.
MEET SHIFU KEVIN
I am a
former coach of the strict Taiwan school system. For
over 10 years I taught kung fu in Taiwan elementary,
middle and high schools as well as operating a private
kung fu club at Tainan City's National University.
I was the
head coach of Tainan City's First Senior High School for
over 5 years.
head coach I devised the curriculum. taught the classes
and organized kung fu demonstrations for my students to
In 1983 I began training in
several Asian arts such as Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do,
Hapkido and Uechi Ryu. In 1987 I started training Wah Lum
Praying Mantis under Shifu Art D’Agostino. In 1989 Shifu D’Agostino
encouraged and supported my decision to train
in Asia for a year.
Moving to Taiwan
I moved to Taiwan and began to train Praying Mantis Kung Fu under the tutelage of
I ended up staying in Taiwan for 16 years. At the end of 2005
finally returned home to Tampa.
Training in Taiwan
Under Shifu Shi of Taiwan,
I trained several Praying Mantis Boxing styles such
as Secret Door, Eight Step, Plum Flower, Taiji Mantis and Seven
Star. In addition, I became a researcher on Praying Mantis history
and techniques through the study of original hand written
manuscripts of Mantis masters from past generations.
Teaching in Taiwan
In 1999 I became the head
coach and head of the Martial Art’s curriculum at Tainan
City First Boy’s High School teaching there for over 5 years
as well as operating a private kung fu club at Tainan
City's National University.
In America Again
Since returning to the
states in 2005 I have been spreading the teachings of
Mantis Boxing and Tai Chi at my Tampa
Kung Fu school.
I am the head of the North
American branch of our style of Mantis called Peng Lai
with schools in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky,
Tampa and Brasil.
7010 Sheldon Rd
Tampa Fl 33615
Master Kevin Brazier at
the Tampa Kung Fu school. A move of the Praying Mantis Style of