I had always been amazed by the Praying Mantis. For an insect it seemed to be very graceful and had human like movements at times. I am a discovery Channel fan and used to watch Nova as a kid. I always loved nature shows.
I had also seen the Mantis as a pet, and always wondered how cool it would be to have one some day. I had not see one up close until I moved to the US. Since moving here I have seen 3 or 4 up close. They are beautiful insects.
There are plenty of Kung Fu styles to choose from, and even though I did not seek the Mantis style, I was lucky enough to find it. The Mantis style is both graceful and powerful. It controls the energy in a way that you are not wasting any of it. I am not even close to beginning to think that I am learning the style. I am barely scratching the surface. Every class I attend I am more and more in love with the Mantis.
Going back to being amazed at the insect, do you think that a Mantis can actually take down a bird? We are used to seeing birds eat insects and not the other way around. I just wanted to share this link, mind you the pictures can be graphic, but it is amazing what this insect can do.