Hallo - I trained with Glenn Blythe over an intensive two day seminar in Tasmania. He studies with Wee Kee Jin, a New Zealand based instructor and former student of Huang Sheng-Shyan. Wee Kee Jin bio
Glenn is formidable. He is a genuinely good person. He has a great respect for the art. He showed more in those two days that many wouldn't even find in a life-time. He is also a TCM practitioner.
I was studying at a kwoon that taught Chow Gar Tong Long (named after the founder of this particular Praying Mantis Style, Chow An-Nam). Glenn has had training in that style as well. It is a very hard external style, full of Yang and not a demonstrator sport
Glenn asked for one of us to strike him as hard and as fast as I could. I volunteered. I threw my best Gow Choy (Hammer Fist) at his head. He raised his arm and 'blocked' my strike. To this day I do not fully understand (nor do I appreciate it fully) what happened next.
I was transfixed, unable to move, as though somebody had nailed my feet to the floor. My whole body felt like lead, and I began to sink. Glenn's arm remained in contact with mine, but I wouldn't have known it if he wasn't standing in front of me. I can best describe it only as if someone opened up my skull and slapped my brain repeatedly. I lost all sense of time, space and control. I sank to the floor, and I was utterly exhausted, as though I had just been awake for three days without sleep - my energy was almost completely gone.
This all happened, so I am told, in the space of about 3 to 4 seconds...
Glenn informed me later that he was being gentle with me. Thank goodness for that... Over the remainder of the weekend, Glenn demonstrated his understanding of the term chi.
With great respect Mouse, that is not Glenn Blythe in this video