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Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu Indianapolis Indiana

John Wicker

John Wicker started Martial Arts in 1982 in Shorin Ryu Karate and in 1988 started Ryu Kyu Kempo Karate. The Karate school also covered some very basic training in Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Choy Li Fut, White Eyebrow, Jow Ga, and Taiji.  John received 1st degree black belt in Ryu Kyu Kempo Karate and Shorin Ryu Karate in 1995. John retired from Ryu Kyu Kempo Karate in 1996 and Shorin Ryu Karate in 1997.

John started training Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu from the Wong Hon Fun Clan in 1996. From 1998 to 1999 he taught Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu to a small group of friends at his house.

In 1999 John started teaching classes in Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu at Zion. In 1999 he started training in Master Yang Jwing-Ming's Chin Na Program and received his Assistant Instructor Level in 2008. John has been teaching Chin Na at Zion since 2000.

John taught a workshop on Chin Na in a lock-flow format at the first North American Mantis Boxing Conference held in Ohio in April, 2005. An article on the Conference was published in the September, 2005, issue of Inside Kung Fu Magazine. A DVD on the conference was also released.

John has been a student under Praying Mantis Master Henry Chung since 2006 and became a disciple in 2016.

Some Personal Info:
DOB = 1964
Height =  5'9"
Enjoys listening to the Ramones.
Enjoys watching shows about Ghosts, UFOs, and any other paranormal shows.
Earned a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University in 1988 with a major in Natural Resources and a minor in Geology.
Has worked for the State of Indiana in air quality monitoring since 1988.

Terry Bryant

Terry Bryant is an assistant instructor in the Kid's Praying Mantis Program and a student instructor in both the Adult Praying Mantis Program and Chin Na Program. Terry has been a student under John Wicker since December 2003.  Terry started martial arts around 1984. His training began in Shaolin Tiger and Shaolin Dragon. During college Terry studied Taekwondo and Hapkido, earning a black belt. After college Terry relocated to Indianapolis and studied Capoeria.

Some Personal Info:
DOB = 1976
Height =  6'3"
Hobbies include guitar, movies, and PS3.
Has written five novels and had one published.

Daniel Joslin

Daniel is an assistant instructor in the Kid's Praying Mantis Program and a student instructor for both the Adult Praying Mantis Program and the Chin Na Program.  Daniel has been a student under John Wicker since July of 2010. Daniel also maintains the school's Facebook page.

Some Personal Info:

DOB = 1983

Height = 5'9 1/2"

Hobbies include watching the Colts.

Sean Lantis

Sean is a visiting instructor in the Kid's Praying Mantis Program and a student instructor in the Chin Na Program. Sean started learning directly from John Wicker in December 2004 but in 2014 became a direct student under Praying Mantis Master Henry Chung. Sean began training traditional Muay Thai in 1991.  In 1994, he started training Japanese Jujitsu and Judo. In 1996 he attended Purdue University and started training Aikido. While at Purdue he was first introduced to traditional Chinese Kung Fu training in Shaolin Fist as well as Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu. Sean also trains Classical Yang Style Taiji and Cheng Bagau under Sifu Xiaoping Yang.

Some Personal Info:

DOB = 1977

Height = 5'10 1/2"

Hobbies include playing several musical instruments.