Shaolin Chi Mantis
Traditional Buddhist Kung Fu
& Yang Tai Chi Chuan

Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu (Gongfu)

Americans do not know what Chinese Kung Fu is.

People think Bruce Lee was a Kung Fu master.  That’s where the problem starts.  Bruce Lee NEVER mastered ANY Kung Fu or martial arts system.  In Kung Fu he was only a BEGINNER LEVEL student.  In Wing Chun he may be considered an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL student.  That’s it.  The rest of his martial arts he collected like a beggar and a thief.  Bruce Lee was a talented actor, who fooled everyone into thinking he was a martial arts master (which he wasn’t–but that’s an actor’s job to appear to be more than they are or something they aren’t).  People are gullible.  Americans were fooled by a real estate salesman into thinking he was a financial master who could be ‘presidential’ (which he wasn’t).

Jet Li is a Kung Fu master?  As an actor he has had to ‘learn’ many martial arts styles.  I have not met Jet Li, so I cannot verify that the Kung Fu he so adeptly displays includes an inner Kung Fu of philosophy, morality, and spirituality.  So I, like Americans thinking of Bruce Lee–WANT to think of Jet Li as a Kung Fu master.  Since most people don’t even know that a Kung Fu master is a balance of the inner warrior and the physical warrior–most people don’t know what ANY KIND of master is of any kind of art, or discipline.

Chinese Martial Arts:

  • Warrior Athlete
  • Scholar Warrior
  • Spiritual Warrior

Beginner Level:  Warrior Athlete
Intermediate Level:  Scholar Warrior
Advanced Level:  Spiritual Warrior

These are the LEVELS of LEARNING.

Then there are the 3 LEVELS of MASTERING.

We will talk of ‘mastering’ as we teach you how to master Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi Chuan.  As you accumulate skills, endurance, abilities, balance, patience, focus, and control… you will be developing your mind as your mind develops your body.  To control your body we will develop control of your mind.

HISTORY of FOUNDER Zhen Shen-Lang “Buddha Zhen”

Born February 4, 1954 in Pacific Beach, California.
Public School:

  • biologist, poet, short stories, piano, trombone, electric guitar
  • 1971 graduate Prince of Wales Collegiate


  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego City College
  • Grossmont College
  • R.I.A.A. Recording Engineer Program
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters Apprenticeship Graduation 1978 to Journeyman Carpenter
  • Tai Mantis Federation graduation 1984
  • UCLA Motion Picture Program graduation 1987
  • Utah State University Nonprofit Training Program


This brings us to DISCIPLESHIP.  Americans do not know what it means or is to be a disciple.  Sounds wrong, but it’s true.  Write down the name of all the friends or relatives WHO ARE MASTERS of anything.  A master is the graduate of an apprenticeship.  To be an apprentice you must be a disciple of a master.  To be a master you had to be an apprentice…

This is a cycle of learning.  Beginner Level: elementary school.  Interemediate Level: middle school.  Advanced Level: high school.  Now you are ready to learn how to master your learning so you go to college to become a teacher and have three levels of mastering mastery.  

Americans also don’t know that Shaolin Kung Fu is BUDDHISM FIRST and the martial arts secondary.  The founder of Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu was BODHIDHARMA in 600 A.D.  He didn’t show off or perform his Kung Fu he brought from India to China.  It was a personal fitness program that enabled the monks to defend themselves and protect the helpless.  The monks were Buddhists first, then perhaps martial artists–if they wanted to.  From my readings: only the monks who pursued the Shaolin Kung Fu were allowed to attend.  None of the monks were required to learn Kung Fu?  The Shaolin Temple on Mt. Songshan has a 1,500 year history with over 50 abbots at that one temple.  With each abbot perhaps changing the rules or attitude of the temple in relation to Mongolian invasions the attitude and education at the temple may have varied widely.  But the Shaolin Kung Fu was perfected and handed down from generations of monks to monks to monks to:

  • Gu Ru Zhang
  • Wong Jack Man
  • Zhen Shen-Lang  “Spirit Wolf of Truth” (Richard Del Connor)
  • DISCIPLES of Shaolin Chi Mantis = ???

 Shaolin Chi Mantis CURRICULUM:

  • Beginner Level
    • WHITE SASH + 1 Green Stripe
    • WHITE SASH + 2 Green Stripes
    • WHITE SASH + 3 Green Stripes
  • Intermediate Level
    • BLUE SASH + 1 Green Stripe
    • BLUE SASH + 2 Green Stripes
    • BLUE SASH + 3 Green Stripes
  • Advanced Level
    • GREEN SASH + 1 Green Stripe
    • GREEN SASH + 2 Green Stripes
    • GREEN SASH + 3 Green Stripes
  • Disciple Level
  • Master Level
    • BLACK SASH + 1 Green Sash
    • BLACK SASH + 2 Green Stripes
    • BLACK SASH + 3 Green Stripes
    • BLACK SASH + 4 Green Stripes
    • BLACK SASH + 5 Green Stripes
    • BLACK SASH + 6 Green Stripes
    • BLACK SASH + 7 Green Stripes


  • Patriarch Level

Shaolin Kung Fu is a 'Way of Life.'

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” Wow.  This first belt rank level was more difficult than my Tae Kwon Do black belt! “

SCM Disciple 32

after graduating WHITE SASH

” There is more bookwork in Shaolin Chi Mantis than any other martial art school I know of.  It’s really tedious… but always beneficial or enlightening.”

An Imaginary Student

after graduating WHITE SASH

” I’m about to graduate the beginner level of Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Kung Fu.  This has been more work than all ten years of my previous martial arts training.  This past two years has been the most intense and rewarding experience of my life.  Now I know what a hero is.”

A Hero Girl Student

after graduating WHITE SASH + 3 Green Stripes

Everyone should take the first semester of Shaolin Chi Mantis.
This one semester will improve the rest of your life -- even if you quit.

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