Training Notes: Som Bo Gin Generations

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Lam Sang USA Kwongsai Mantis

1st Generation 1950s

Wong Baklim Sifu – Som Bo Gin demonstration

The importance of Lam’s 1st Generation teaching is that every skill, in the Som Bo Gin Form, was taught, in three actions. One step consisted of three steps forward. Each three steps executed one, two, or three short powers. Then Three circle hands with short power. Three moves forward of three steps equaled 9. Nine is the number of completion in Chinese numerology, by which Hakka people abide.

Of equal importance was the teaching of Holding the Breath during Som Bo Gin practice. There is a step by step method which is said to force the root into the feet and the breath below the navel. The method of holding the breath is critical.


Lam Sang USA Kwongsai

2nd Generation 1960s

Louie Jack Man — Som Bo Gin demonstration

In contrast, Lam’s second generation teaching was only one step forward with 3, 4, or 5 inch powers. Also, in contrast to the first generation’s use of outside hammer fist, the second generation taught Som Bo Gin with an overhead hammer strike and sometimes taught single and double SHUNG-HAR-JONG – upper, middle, lower – as a third line of the form. This is what I will teach you, in this Course.


China Kwongsai Mantis

Shuang Zhuang Shadowboxing form is essentially the Som Bo Gin of China’s Kwongsai Mantis, as Som Bo Gin is a Double Bridge, Double Arm form. This China Kwongsai single man form contains elements and skills that are seen in Lam Sang’s two man 108 form. This form builds the foundation of each form that follows.



Sifus Cheng Wan, Chen Jianming, Ma Jiuhua, Xie Tiansheng demonstration

Som Bo Gin Hard Bridge

The Chu Hard Bridge form is the most simplistic and primitive, of all the Som Bo Gin teachings. It is truly a simple foundation building form. Today many play this form completely for hard strength which may cause one to develop floating and rigid power. However, in the 1950s the Chu Gar Hard Bridge form contained boxing skills and also half hard – half soft power that is not commonly seen today.


Chu Gar Soft Bridge

Sifus Anthony Chan, Yang Tanlu demonstration

1st Generation Disciples of Lao Sui, in the 1920s, play a Spring Power Soft version of Som Bo Gin that emphasized particularly the throwing out of power with Bic or Fic Sao hands. This skill is rarely seen today. It follows the same “outline” of the hard bridge form only with the development of soft flicking power.


Although, SBG is usually thought of as the first form of Hakka Southern Mantis, there are some that teach Single Bridge or Single Arm Straight Step forms first, such as the DAN ZHUANG CHINA KWONGSAI MANTIS and the CHU GAR JIK BO STRAIGHT STEP FORM before Som Bo Gin.

To gain a full understanding you should start from the beginning and follow the ONLINE COURSES step by step just as you would in a regular Hakka Mantis School. Skipping any part or any Course will result in a lesser understanding and ability.

There are some 36 Single Man Forms of Hakka Mantis to be offered by HAKKA MANTIS COURSES ONLINE. Take them all as they become available, beginning in the Spring 2018… RDH


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