A fighting mantis.

November 23, 2007



Aha, weather was good today, slight drizzle and then we got the sun…


So instead of staying cooped up in my study, I decided to drive up to Master Liew Joon Mew’s home/TCM clinic for some tea and kung fu chit chat.


Did not get a chance, after the Penang trip to talk to him; he left for a TCM convention in Singapore a couple of days after the show.


Custodian of his family style, Hakka Chu Gar “Internal Jing” Praying Mantis, Master Liew is another one of the “old guards”.


A staunch believer of Kung Fu is all for fighting, Master Liew and his father (late) who taught him the art, had many opportunities to put their skills to the test.


They were in Kalimantan, Indonesia before they were coerced into resettling in Sarawak. And in Sarawak, during those days, racial riots were commonplace; all in the name of territory ownership.


Kung Fu was a mean of survival; no 2 ways about it.


Master Liew’s mind-set has not changed one bit even now where everything is properly regulated and peace prevails.


Talking to him about CKF is, more often than not, about “overpowering” opponents.


We discussed, extensively, methodologies rather than techniques per se.


I am trying to persuade him to join us in a training center that we are launching here in Kuching and hopefully “steal” some of his methods.


Whatever the case, we will be working together, for certain, to document his very unique style of Hakka Praying Mantis.





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