T'ai Chi Ch'uan Moy Yat Wing Chun Kung Fu 8 Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu


Preying Mantis Kung Fu "Eight Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu is a complete system of traditional Chinese martial arts. Its beauty when practiced is rivaled only by its effectiveness in combat. With practice, the system builds the mind, body, spirit and character of the practitioner."
-- Grandmaster James Shyun

Whether you are interested in learning a martial art to defend yourself or just to promote great strength, flexibility and health, Shyun Style Eight Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu will work for you. No previous experience is required to learn this system. We start from the ground up, first focusing on the foundation techniques that will allow you to properly learn and excel in kung fu. If you already have martial arts experience, you will find an enormous wealth of knowledge and techniques within.

The advanced techniques mimic the preying mantis' ability to draw in its opponent and strike with devastating power. Add to that efficient and deceptive footwork, joint locks, throwing techniques, and internal energy work and you have a complete system of martial arts.

The Eight Step Preying Mantis System has been passed down from generation to generation, master to disciple, for over 350 years. Consisting of the famous fighting techniques as well as the healing arts. It is one of the last pure and authentic Chinese martial arts existing today.

Women's Self-Defense classes and Kung Fu Kids sessions are also available!

For more information, please visit the Eight Step Mantis: Birmingham website.


Moy Yat Wing Chun Kung Fu "The purpose of Wing Chun Kung Fu is to lead you to be free and relaxed. This can never be achieved if you are tied physically and emotionally to techniques. You must free yourself from dependence on mechanical expression and trust your body, your kung fu to protect yourself..."
-- Grand Master Moy Yat

Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed in China 400 years ago by a female Shaolin nun named Ng Mui. Designed for the human body, it is considered to be one of the most efficient and effective forms of self defense that doesn’t rely on size, strength or physical conditioning. Wing Chun emphasizes protecting the center of your body (and attacking your opponent's), simultaneous blocking and striking, redirecting your opponent’s energy, economy of energy and motion, and relaxation.

Our classes follow the traditional teachings as were passed down from Grandmaster Moy Yat. Students will begin by learning Siu Nim Tao, Wing Chun’s first form which trains the basic stance and teaches about the centerline, basic hand movements, relaxation, and releasing energy. Students will then learn more advanced forms as well as Chi Sao, Wing Chun’s unique art of sticking hands.

Along with learning the forms comes a variety of partnership exercises that will help train your reflexes and sensitivity. A dedicated student will be able to complete the system in about 2-3 years.

Our Birmingham classes are taught by instructors within the Moy Yat lineage. Grandmaster Moy Yat was one of Grandmaster Ip Man’s closest students, and our curriculum follows the traditional training methods through the three hand forms, chi sao and wooden dummy form.


Tai Chi Birmingham Tai Chi Ch'uan, also commonly known as Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. There are many styles of Tai Chi, and most trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun.

In Birmingham, we are fortunate to have a great variety of Tai Chi styles available. At Kung Fu Fitness, Sifu Clint Spain teaches the Shyun Style Tai Chi developed by Grandmaster James Shyun, as well as the Yang style 24 short form and the Chen 108 form.

We also have a Tai Chi practice group that meets on Saturday mornings about 9AM at the UAB mini-park, right off University Blvd. This group is currently practicing the Yang 24-movement Short Form, the Yang 32-movement Sword Form, and the Combined 42-movement competition form that features elements from Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun styles.

The Tai Chi forms require no previous experience of any kind, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The Arthritis Foundation includes Tai Chi as part of their recommended therapies, and we have several certified instructors who have specialized in this theraputic style.

For more information about Shyun Style Tai Chi classes, please visit the Eight Step Mantis: Birmingham website.

Practice sessions at the park is FREE and open to the public.

2012 Training Schedule

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Wing Chun Kung Fu (Adults 18 yrs & older)
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Beginning Sash Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Intermediate Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)
8:30 - 9:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Advanced Sash Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Kids Classes (Ages 6 to 12 yrs)
7:00 PM - 87:00 PM - Anatomy for the Martial Artist Training

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Wing Chun Kung Fu (Adults 18 yrs & older)
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Beginning Sash Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Intermediate Sash Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)
8:30 - 9:30 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Advanced Sash Students (Adults 13 yrs & older)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Tai Chi Chuan (All ages)

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Make-up Classes as needed and extra training if required.

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Private Lessons
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Preying Mantis Kung Fu Sifu Training Classes

$60 per month - All Preying Mantis Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes.
$40 per month - All Wing Chun Kung Fu classes.
Private lessons extra; please speak with an instructor.


Kung Fu classes and practice sessions are held at Kung Fu Fitness in the heart of Birmingham's South Side. This location is close the the University of Alabama at Birmingham college and medical center campus, and is central for most people in the Greater Birmingham Area.

Our Address:
Kung Fu Fitness
2126 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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NOTE WHEN VISITING: There is both a front entrance and back entrance to the school. Both doors generally remain locked, so be sure to knock loudly. Most students enter through the back door, and this is often open prior to class sessions.



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