Praying Mantis Kung Fu: A Deadly Game
The Northern Praying Mantis system is a very famous and popular style in China.
It was created in the Shantung Province of northern China approximetly 350 years
ago. A Shaolin Monk named Wang Lang, who had studied other systems of Shaolin, observed
a praying mantis in combat with a cicada. He was impressed by the strategic fighting
of the victorious praying mantis. It attacked and retreated at the right moments,
used long distance blows and close crushes effectively, grasped and released methodically.
He then captured the praying mantis and discovered that its movements contained
twelve principal methods of attack and defense. By imitating the forearms of the
praying mantis, adding the swift steps of the monkey and certain aspects of seventeen
other famous Shaolin systems of that time, he combined the principles of rigidity
and flexibility to create the system known as Praying Mantis. Since then, Northern
Praying Mantis has become a complete system in the martial arts circle with each
generation of disciples supplementing it with new concepts and techniques. One added
the iron-palm techniques, another added internal breathing exercises, and still
others different weapons techniques. One unique characteristic of this style is
that the hand movements are coordinated with the footwork, It is considered the
fastest fighting system and the most deadly Shaolin system of strategy.