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.
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.
Daniel Joslin 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 received his assistant instructors certificate in chin na under Master Yang in 2018. Daniel also maintains the school's Facebook page.