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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Because Dragon and Tiger Qigong is a simple and effective qigong practice, it is taught to students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Tracing the meridian lines helps our students to become more sensitive to both their own and their patients' chi and enables them to become better acupuncturists.

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