Master Tony Chuy (9th generation disciple of the Praying Mantis system) began his martial arts training at the age of 14 in Hong Kong, where he studied under Grandmaster Lam Hay who taught Northern Eagle Claw and Choy Lee Fut styles. He later studied the Praying Mantis system under Grandmaster Brendan Lai and Grandmaster Chiu, Chuk-Kai.
Aside from his thorough knowledge of the Praying Mantis style, Master Chuy has studied and become proficient in various Northern and Southern Chinese weaponry. He has won many awards in black belt kata, weapons and full-contact tournaments. Master Chuy has also judged and refereed at various tournaments since 1979.
In the Spring of 1982 Master Chuy established the Praying Mantis Martial Art Institute in New York City. Master Chuy also taught martial arts at the Overseas Chinese Television Network’s Actors Training Class and at the Transfiguration Church Chinese Language School. Over the years, Master Chuy and his students have participated in over 300 martial arts and lion dance performances at various celebrations and festivals throughout New York and New Jersey. Furthermore, Master Chuy has appeared on the covers of and has been featured in several martial arts magazines throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong and Japan.