About Praying Mantis Kung-fu

A Brief History of Praying Mantis and How It is Taught at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu Academy

Tánglángquán (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) (1203–1275), to improve Shaolin martial arts.  However, most legends place Wang Lang in the late Ming Dynasty.

This kung fu style offers a complete syllabus of skills in long range kicking, middle range hand techniques, trapping skills, pressure point/pressure strikes, iron palm training, joint locks, throws, and skills capable of neutralizing ground grappling attacks.  Students at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu Academy will learn these skills and techniques, strategies and develop ability internally (i.e., within and against the form itself) and externally (i.e., without and against other styles) for practical self-defense.

If you're looking for a practical self-defense to learn, contact Sifu Bryant Ellington at (812) 229-4097 or email BryantEllington@gmail.com

Group Lessons Schedule

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