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In case anyone is interested a wonderful research project is out. My old Mantis sifu/friend is in China doing research for the last X ammount of years. Below is some info regarding the research/project.
I have checked it out. If you like to research south fist then this is a great source for South Mantis info.:
SUBJECT: China Southern Mantis Survey Completed
It has been five years, as of 2006, that this project has taken to complete. It is a 5 Year Comprehensive Survey of the origins, history and practices of Kwongsai Jook Lum Mantis, Chugar Mantis and Iron Ox mantis in China, Hong Kong and Macau. The publisher and assistants have travelled from North China and East China to Southern China and covered southern mantis in exhaustive detail. No stone was left unturned.
Discover just where the East River is located and its significance to Southern Mantis
See the Bamboo Forest Temples in Hong Kong, Macau, Kwongsai, and the original in Shanxi Province
Find out what the Three Doors of Southern Mantis Are and Why
Visit Pingshan, the Hometown of Kwongsai Jook Lum Mantis
See never shown before photos of Master Wong Yook Gong, 4th Generation Ancestor
Read the 1957 written history of Southern Praying Mantis from Lee Siem Yuan; Interviews with Sifu Wong Yu Hua
Meet Wong Yook Gong's family and see their Kwongsai Jook Lum Mantis Skills; Join the 35th annual Kwongsai Celebration
Meet Chung Yel Chong, 3rd Ancestor's Son, Grandson, Daughter and their interviews
See Chung Yel Chong's remaining manuscripts from the 1930's
Visit Chung Yel Chong's Medicinal Clinic still operated today by his Grandson and watch treatments
Find out the histories of Som Dot and Lee Siem and where they Rest in Peace
Meet Iron Chung Bok, aged 95, who visited the opium dens in 1920 with Chung Yel Chong and Lam Sang
See the Ma Sai District, Pingshan, home to the late Lam Sang and Ancestor Chung Yel Chong
Meet Elder Yao Kam Fat and watch his performances of Three Door, Sticky Hands and Staff
Interview Elder Yang Gun Ming's family and pay respect
Join a China Mantis Reunion Banquet and watch dozens of senior / elder demos and hear what they have to say
(Wong Yu Hua, Wong Yao Hong, Wong Yao Fei, Yao Kam Fat, Lai Wei Keung, Lau Say Kay, Lok Wei Ping, Wong Gok Hong, Chen Gong, Yang Gun Ming, Lee Kwok Liang, Chung Wei Fei and others some over 80 years old)
Visit Mei Xin, the Hometown of Chu Gar Tang Lang
Meet the Elders of Chu Gar who helped Lao Sui open his first school and why Chu Gar Gao is called Chu Gar Mantis
See the successor to Lao Sui, the Late Chu Kwong Hua, and his hundreds of students
Visit Elder Chu Gar Head Master Cheng Wan and join his annual Celebrations with dozens of demonstrations
Visit Zhu Jing, the Hometown of Iron Ox Tang Lang
Watch Iron Ox Master Xu Men Fei perform second door, third door and big red staff in his Ancestral Temple
See Xu Fat Chun, Grand Father, Iron Ox, and hear Great Grandfather Xu Ku's account of a 4'th South Mantis Style, Chung Lo Ku Pai that came from Choy Tit Niu
Watch the 1950 Hong Kong Television movie in which "Wong Fei Hong vs. Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple"
Hours of demonstrations on video! Watch and discover for yourself.
Discover Mantis Fact from Fiction! Hear secrets that have never been told openly before!
The website is www.chinamantis.com
Although the site is complete you may have to wait a little longer as final adjustments are made. The Survey will be available as E-Books to purchase, articles to be published and video/DVD. The site will include relative China interests too.
You can email the site but be patient for a reply. The project is headquartered in Pingshan Town, Guangdong.
FROM THE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Pingshan Mantis Celebration
A 35th Anniversary Street Celebration; Host Wong Yu Hua;
Hundreds of People; Unicorn Dancing;
Dozens of Demonstrations; Complete Sets*
such as "Single Arm; 3 Step Forward, Four Corners", and
many Two man weapons sets! Read China's "written history"
of "Southern Praying Mantis" and hear the oral traditions.
China Tang Lang Reunion
Join the 2002 Reunion of Mantis Masters from
South China and hear and see what they have to say!
Lok Wei Ping, Lai Wei Kueng, Lau Si Kay, Cho Gum,
Wong Gok Hong and many esteemed others! Watch complete sets*
of "Three Doors" and "34 Plum Blossom Staff". See and
read Wong Yook Gong's Mantis Fitness Society Training Creed
and hear what China masters have to say about USA and England teachers.
Iron Ox, Kwongsai; Demos and Interviews
Meet Iron Ox Master, Xu Men Fei, and visit their Ancestral Temple as he
demonstrates complete sets* of "Second Door, Third Door, Big Red Staff"
and more! Visit Elder Kwongsai Mantis Master, Yao Kam Fat, and watch his "Third Door,
Sticky Hands, and Plum Blossom Staff." Join Chung Yel Chong's family for a dinner banquet
and hear what they have to say. Visit Chung Yel Chung's medicinal clinic still in operation today
by Chung Wei Fei, his Grandson, and watch treatments!
See Chung Yel Chong's 1930 manuscripts! and More!
On Som Dot's Trail; Five Peaks Mountain / Dragon Tiger Mountain
Visit the places that Som Dot and Lee Siem have treaded. See the Jook Lum Temples in
Macau, Hong Kong, and North and South China; Shanxi and Jiangxi. See the very Temple
where mantis sprouted into three branches and later more. Visit the Bamboo Forest of Mt.
Dragon Tiger where the 108 demons were confined by the Taoist Pope. And more!
Hong Kong Chu Gar Mantis Celebration
Join the 29th, 30th, 31st annual Celebrations of Chu Gar Tang Lang. Hosted by Headmaster Cheng Wan.
Hundreds of people and dozens of complete demonstrations* not the least of Chu Gar, Hung Gar,
White Eyebrow, Choy Li Fut, Wing Chun and many more! A superb Lion Dance and Unicorn.
Sit in on the presentations and dinner banquet as well!
You can check the site regularly. A notice will be posted when final adjustments are made and the site is available to the public.
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