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The Shaolin Chi Mantis curriculums are comprised of three separate Gongfu systems combined together:

  • Northern Shaolin Gongfu "Kung Fu" (from the Songshan Buddhist Temple)
  • Yang Style Taijiquan "Tai Chi"
  • Northern Praying Mantis (both Taiji Tanglang "Tai Chi Praying Mantis" & Qixie Tanglang "7 Star Praying Mantis")

This curriculum is interwoven with the other Gongfu systems that also have Beginner Programs.

All Shaolin Chi Mantis and Tai Chi Youth curriculums are 4-month semesters. The seminar curriculums and after school programs are derived from these 4-month semesters.

This TAIJI BEGINNER curriculum of Shaolin Chi Mantis is 2-semesters.
The SHAOLIN BEGINNER curriculum of Shaolin Chi Mantis is 3-semesters.

So, a student is a Taiji Intermediate Level student while completing the Shaolin Beginner Program. The actual Praying Mantis Program begins during the Shaolin Intermediate Level after the student has attained the Taiji Advanced Level...

Sound confusing? Fortunately, Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang has provided us with curriculum outlines and Instructor guides for every Level of both Shaolin Chi Mantis and Tai Chi Youth. For a look at how all 3 curriculums combine to form Shaolin Chi Mantis see the SHAOLIN CHI MANTIS 7-YEAR POSTER.


AFTER completingthe Shaolin Gongfu INITIATE Program, the student receives a WhiteSash with an embroidered green stripe on it. This sash is presentedonly once per year at the Annual Shaolin Chi Mantis MembershipMeeting, which also includes the annual Initiation Ceremony. ThisInitiation Ceremony is not a requirement of Tai Chi Youth.

 Semester #2:  "BREATH  &  MOVEMENT"



TAIJIQUAN:  Proper breathing in the Yang Style Taiji Short Form of SCM
EXERCISES: Memorize SCM Yoga Routine

4 Winds of Shaolin

Effective blocking and punching

Connect meridians

BOOKWORK: Taiji Intermediate book by Zhen Shen-Lang
ESSAYS: Chinese Birth Year Animal (of you)
PUSH HANDS: Push Hands Level 1


ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR: Lead Tai Chi Form in class: "Inhale - Exhale.."

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