GHOST HAND KUNG FU
SIFU JOEL GUNDERSON
The art of Ghost Hand Kung Fu is a mixture of various martial art styles, mostly from China. It is built upon the root of Chuka Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu as taught by Sifu Tony Blum under Sigung Sammy Wong.
Here is a list of styles, incorporated in this system.
-Chuka Southern Praying Mantis
-Fukien White Crane
-Shaolin Long Fist
Ghost Hand Kung Fu is a short-armed method, where the arms are kept close to the body. It gives one the ability to execute fast, multiple strikes with deadly accuracy to an opponent’s vital points. The art stresses breath work and being able to separately use and control the internal opening and closing movements of each and every joint on the body. It allows one to fight and counter according to the opponent’s pressure, rather than fighting from sight. Ghost Hand also incorporates joint locks, throws, and low kicks mostly from the waist down, attacking legs, knees, and feet. There is a lot of qigong work within Ghost Hand forms, making it a true internal/external martial art.
Sifu Joel Gunderson has been involved in martial arts most of his life. As a child he was introduced to Budo Aikido and was a successful competitive wrestler. As a teenager, he achieved his black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. After winning several competitions, he extended his quest searching for an art that would work in the real world and wasn’t primarily a sport. He took Miyama Ryu Jujutsu and dabbled in Chung Moo Quan. This journey then led him to the internal art of Bagua Zhang. Being opened up to deep Chinese arts, Gunderson’s quest brought him further. He wanted to train something that was both internal and external. He wanted the fighting to be faster and have less thought involved; something that could be learned and become second nature, where he could overcome his opponent efficiently. Joel started training Jook Lum Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, after a short time, a door was opened through a series of events and connections. A group had been training behind closed doors right under his nose. Once Joel discovered this, he was invited in through a family relationship, to train with them. He then trained Chuka Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu for eight years before reaching Instructor level. This was a great honor to be a part of an art that had been exclusive to the royal family of China in the Ming dynasty. Gunderson then cofounded a school called South Mantis Combat Science and instructed for two years. In 2007, he started a group called Warrior Arts Fight Club, where they trained Sifu Gunderson’s mixed kung fu teachings. Joel finally put a name on what he had been teaching them. Dao Gui Na was born. Later this was renamed as Ghost Hand Kung Fu. Joel keeps his mind open and continues his training in Chuka Southern Mantis as well as other martial arts. Joel has now gone public with his system. He has been teaching and running seminars for all ages in different locations and enjoys watching these students as he guides them on this life changing journey.