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History
Northern Praying Mantis(Chinese: 螳螂拳; literally: "praying mantis fist")
Is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. It was created by Wang Lang (王朗) and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style. One Mantis legend places the creation of the style in the Song Dynasty when Wang Lang was supposedly one of 18 masters gathered by the Abbot Fu Ju (福居), a legendary persona of the historical Abbot Fu Yu (福裕) (12031275), to improve Shaolin martial arts. However, most legends place Wang Lang in the late Ming Dynasty.

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Style
The mantis is a long and narrow predatory insect. While heavily armoured, it is not built to withstand forces from perpendicular directions. Consequently, its fighting style involves the use of whip-like/circular motions to deflect direct attacks, which it follows up with precise attacks to the opponent's vital spots. These traits have been subsumed into the Northern Praying Mantis style, under the rubric of "removing something" (blocking to create a gap) and "adding something" (rapid attack).
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Videography

Wah Lum Tam Tui Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

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Mantis Kung Fu Applications - Master Shi

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Northern Praying Mantis KungFu Methods

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Discovering China - Shanxi Style Praying Mantis Kung Fu

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Basic Techniques for Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu...

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Praying Mantis Kung Fu Hammer Form - Master Shi

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