The praying mantis insect, with its quivering intensity and aptitude for cannibalism, is hardly the model of a "gentle" kung fu style. Thus, one should not be surprised to learn that praying mantis kung fu, or Tang Lang in Chinese, is perhaps the most ruthless kung fu style of all.
Praying Mantis Kung Fu was founded by Wang Lang, a legendary martial artist of the Ming Dynasty who challenged a high monk from the Shaolin Temple. Initially defeated, Wang remained undeterred.
One day while resting after his defeat, he observed the movements of a praying mantis fighting a cicada, and was inspired by the trapping and seizing movements of the mantis in capturing its larger prey. Wang noted the upright and rigid body of the mantis, and the cutting movements of its sickle. He studiously prodded the mantis to learn its moves, and combined these with the eighteen styles of kung fu he had already mastered to create praying mantis kung fu which he used to avenge his defeat at the Shaolin Temple.
Praying Mantis Kung Fu imitates the trapping movements of a mantis to maim its prey. There are many styles of Praying Mantis Kung Fu fighting today, such as Seven Stars, Closed Door, Eight Step, Tai Chi and Six Harmonies. The Seven Stars school, the original style founded by Wang Lang, remains the most popular in China to date.
Mantis hand techniques are characterized by the Mantis claw, a type of hook formed with the hands. This is a grabbing motion that derives all of its power from your wrist and the forearm. The footwork of Praying Mantis is based on the "monkey step". This is a unique type of balanced footwork that allows you to move easily in any direction quickly.
Our eBook sets out the Peng Bu Form with instructions, as well as a detailed guide to the background concepts and techniques of Praying Mantis Kung Fu:
Understand the fundamental fighting concepts of Mantis Kung Fu
Master your stances with our guide to stances
Learn the kicks and hand techniques of the style, and how they are applied
Learn how the mantis claw technique is applied
How to use the elbows to strike
Footwork - Stepping drills to practice at home, including: the Ape Step, Sideward Step, Retreating Step, Hopping Step, Crushing Step and Switching Step
Learn how to use the combat stance
Use your mantis claw to strike at vital pressure points with our detailed guide to the pressure points of the human body and the effects of hitting them
Augment the power of your strikes with our guide to training up your stances, legs, punching technique, kicks and elbows
Peng Bu, "Crushing Step" in Chinese, is the classic introductory form of Seven Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu. This is a well known and well structured form created by Wang Lang, and teaches you the techniques of trapping, attacking and kicking in mantis kung fu. The techniques are intended to be stringed together quickly and without interruption, as is characteristic of mantis fighting.
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