Northern Praying Mantis (tang lang quan, t'ang lang ch'uan)

An animal-form Shaolin method that specializes in mimicking the actions of the praying mantis insect. Mantis has both Northern and Southern branches. Northern Praying Mantis is known for its stamping footwork, finger strikes, complex arm motions, and extremely aggressive attack-oriented fighting philosophy.

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I recently returned from a three week instructor training in a chi gung practice called “Gods Playing in the Clouds”. This intensive was held at Menlo College near San Francisco and I’d like to share some details about my experience.


Frank Iborra