Shaolin Chi Mantis

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu
Yang Tai Chi Chuan
Northern Praying Mantis 

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Shaolin Chi Mantis is:

Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu and Taijiquan is 
3 Chinese martial arts:  Northern Shaolin Kung Fu / Tai Chi Chuan / Northern Praying Mantis 
3 Chinese Philosophies:  Zen Buddhism (Chan Buddhism) / Taoism / Confucianism

Shaolin Kung Fu

In 34 years only a couple dozen students have been able to graduate the Beginner Level of Shaolin Chi Mantis.

Tai Chi Chuan

“Tai Chi Chuan” translates to “Supremely Powerful Boxing Style.”  Shaolin Chi Mantis teaches traditional Combat Tai Chi along with the healthy concepts of Qigong energy flow and balanced lifestyle.

Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Praying Mantis Kung Fu was invented by a Shaolin Kung Fu master of the Songshan Shaolin Temple in the Guandong Province of China.  This is a very dirty style of fighting with eye pokes and death touch strikes to paralyze opponents quicker.

Need advice?

Richard Del Connor (Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang) can be contacted for physical, intellectual, philosophical advice.

Required books of Shaolin Chi Mantis

All SCM classes require some amount of book reading, study and testing.

For our students’ convenience we now offer the student manuals printed in notebooks for adding notes and taking tests…

Shaolin Zen .ORG

The Zen Buddhism of Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu and Taijiquan is actually “Chan Buddhism.”  “Zen” is the Japanese word for “Chan.”  So in America we imported Japanese “Zen Buddhism” that was stripped of many elements and sanctioned by the Japanese government after they removed the Shaolin Kung Fu from the religion.  The Japanese Buddhists replaced the Shaolin Kung Fu with “doing nothing.”   This “doing nothing” meditation was invented in Japan because they weren’t allowed to practice any warrior arts unless born into the Samurai class of Japanese society.

My story

My life has been amazing with huge twists and turns and huge accomplishments… and peace of mind.

As a kid I was a straight-A student.  As a teenager I was a hippie musician.  In my twenties I became a recording engineer and Union carpenter.  I built studios and recorded with members of Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Chicago, The Eagles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Zappa…

In my thirties I went to UCLA film school and graduated making music videos, commercials and special EFX for movies.  I founded Shaolin Pictures when I was a photojournalist shooting rock bands like Keith Richards, Soundgarden, Skid Row and Poison.

I formed my Shaolin Records independent label and mistakenly moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where I turned my hobby of Shaolin Kung Fu into a business.  I taught in several elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, continuing education programs, Phoenix University, Church of Religious Science, Unitarian Church, YWCA, Church of the Inner Christ, and my public classes at Liberty Park for many years.

Raising my kids in my Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kung Fu classes made them both A students.  My son set new reading speed records.  I home-schooled my daughter several years and my son could spell “computer” before he began kindergarten.  I really enjoyed raising my kids and have many years of blissful memories as a Mr. Mom.

From gifted to musician to carpenter to record producer to movie maker to Mr. Mom to “PHILOSOPHER POET.”  All of these successes were due to my inner philosophies which although constantly changing have succeeded when my core values were moral and virtuous.

This is what I want to share with the world:  anyone can be happy and successful at whatever you do if you have morals, virtues, and enlightenment.  I’m ready to share.