The following is an interview of Sifu Xu Men Fei when he was 37 years old (2002). The above clip shows a section of Iron Ox Two Door set.
It was very refreshing to see a young master like Mr. Xu, who not only demonstrated a great deal of the Iron Ox strength, but was also a gentleman and a family man, in every sense.
As grandson to a notable Iron Ox Tanglang teacher, Mr. Xu Fat Chun, who passed away in 1996 at age 88, the younger Xu teaches boxing and the unicorn dance during the New Year, not only in Ping Di Town but also in neighboring Towns of the District.
He states that for two months after the New Year, regular Iron Ox classes are held in the village Hall where students pick up skills and then return home for the rest of the year to work on them.
Today, there are four such Towns; Ping Di, Dan Sui, Hui Yang, and Huizhou, each with 20-30 students of Iron Ox Mantis.
Above L - R) Wong Yu Hua (Wong Yook Gong's Son), RDH, Iron Ox Sifu Xu Men Fei
Below) The Late Grandmaster Xu Fat Chun was well known along the East River circa 1930 for his Iron Ox Mantis and a contemporary of Lam Sang's Kwongsai Mantis.
Enjoy the brother-friendship of the Bamboo Temple Chinese Benevolent Association. Lam Sang Sifu who arrived in New York City Chinatown, circa 1950, was a contemporary of Iron Ox Sifu, Xu Fat Chun, shown above. During the 1920's and 30's these two and many more in the Pingshan Town area all hobnobbed together. Click the Volume Three link for more info on Iron Ox Hakka Praying Mantis and for an in-depth look at Iron Ox refer to the China Southern Praying Mantis Kungfu Survey eBook. The remainder of this site has more info regarding Lam Sang's heritage.
Join us today in training Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple Praying Mantis - start with Volume One of the Instructional DVD series and follow step by step through Volume Nine. Skipping any part will result in a lesser understanding and ability! (Video files may take 2 - 3 minutes when loading the first time).