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Northern/Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu learn more  

Northern Praying Mantis (螳螂拳 or tánglángquán) is an 350+ year old elite style of Chinese kung fu originally invented by founder Wang Lang in Shandong province, and is known in China as "the treasure that guards the mountain" as it was taught only to high-level Shaolin monks to protect the Shaolin Temple. Wang Lang, inspired by observations of the fighting behavior of a praying mantis insect, incorporated the mantis' aggressive fighting style and speed into the art as well as elements from 17 other popular kung fu styles.

The Seven Star Praying Mantis system (七星螳螂拳 or qī xīng tángláng quán) is the original and most widely-practiced style of northern praying mantis kung fu, and like most northern praying mantis systems is characterized by the use of fast and overwhelming attacks, trapping and seizing, limb attacking, interruptive timing, and the combining of both hard and soft elements to produce a balanced and effective fighting style. The style also incorporates chin na ("seize and hold") principles as well as the fast footwork of the monkey style, which is used to match the mantis-inspired hand speed.

Learning Tracks and Courses
Northern/Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Northern Praying Mantis Level 1
Northern Praying Mantis Level 2
Northern Praying Mantis Level 3
Northern Praying Mantis Level 4 (Coming Soon)
Northern Praying Mantis Level 5 (Coming Soon)
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