The Praying Mantis Style

Ever popular, ever interesting: the Mantis style is a world wide phenomena. Its many branches include Seven Star, Six Harmony, Eight Step, Secret Door, Plum Blossom, Grand Ultimates and more. We have a number of good representatives here including a very detailed series by John Funk. This Seven Star progression is directly reflective of Wong Hon Fun's famous series so we linked to some of the hard-to-find Chiense texts related to the Northern Praying Mantis. Here are a lot of DVDs on this huge and healthy style. Enjoy.

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Click here for some of the hard-to-find original Chinese texts from Northern Praying Mantis and Master Wong Hon Fun.

7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21051 Bung Bo & Ng Lou Gwun
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Jon Funk shows the fundamental set of the Seven Star system in the Qing Mo format. He also shows the Fifth Son Staff, a well known mantis form. Bung Bo is the foundation not only for Seven Star but many styles of the Mantis. The staff set is similar to the Lau Gar stick with a Double Yin hands Southern style flavor. Each of Jon Funk’s DVDs include the entire form at performance and teaching speed, clear explanations of the movements with attack and defense usage. Note: Advances but no menu.
NTSC: About 65 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21052 Baag Yune Dung & Yeen Tsing Doe
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Here we have the Seven Star Mantis forms of White Ape Exits Cave and the Saber for Green Swallow with its fast combinations. Each of Jon Funk’s DVDs include the entire form at performance and teaching speed, clear explanations of the movements with attack and defense usage. Note: Advances but no menu.

NTSC: About 57 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21053 Fay Ngaan Dzern & Yee Loi Mui Faa
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The Flying Goose Palm is considered an advanced set of the Seven Star Mantis. It’s movements are quick and somewhat soft mixing long and short actions with many willow leaf palms. The Second Route Plum Flower Spear is chock full of throws and changes with the spear reverses and body rolls with this very fancy and variable advanced spear. Each of Jon Funk’s DVDs include the entire form at performance and teaching speed, clear explanations of the movements with attack and defense usage. Note: Advances but no menu.
NTSC: About 70 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21092 Buck Yuen Tow Toe
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This DVD contains Buck Yuen Tow Toe (White Ape Steals the Peach) a basic and popular form. Steal Peach also helps to introduce many of the Seven Star Mantis basics: kicking, punching and positioning. Valuable if you are looking for a progressive series of lessons to learn Seven Star Mantis.
NTSC: About 54 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21093 Praying Mantis Techniques
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PM techniques like: tapping, reaction distance line system, effective pressure points, distractions joint locks and effortless pressure points. Many very clear demonstrations of Chin Na movements especially concentrating on the upper body and wrist, elbow and shoulder controls. Some nice, straight forward lectures on the principles and requirements of good control and proper execution. Everything with a mantis flavor but all the key principles quite universal.
NTSC: About 42 minutes

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21094 May Fow Kuen
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The Mantis Plum Flower Form, a more advanced set of the Mantis. Full breakdown of the moves. Definitely a more advanced form than previous. If Praying Mantis wants to move in a form it goes forward into a complete pose with all limbs used and balance very specific. This is a major Mantis form.
NTSC: About 63 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21095 Sam Low Chet Yuen
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Three Route Essence. An advanced level Mantis fist form with emphasis on throwing and other higher level techniques. This has a complete breakdown of the movements. Fast footwork, many jump back, quick hand moves, skipping kicks, linked hand sequences.
NTSC: About 57 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21096 TongLongTouToe
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Mantis Steals the Peach. This was Grandmaster Lo Guan Yu’s favorite hand set. Short but advanced, much trapping, with particular emphasis on “cheng” back hooking forearm smash and hand exchanging. As we said, an advanced but short for with a lot of emphasis on tactility.
NTSC: About 43 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21097 Tong Long Tsud Dung
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Mantis Exits the Cave.
A lengthy set with a lot of movement. Throwing and evading tactics. Also quite a few height changes with special focus on the Kneeling Tiger stance. Multiple hand flurries mix with large throwing techniques.

NTSC: About 73 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21098 Law Hon Gung
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The Nei Gong of the Mantis system. Essential open Iron Palm techniques linked with Qigong breathing exercises. Said to be directly form the Shaolin Temple, these are called the Monk’s Martial Exercises. Iron Palm starts around 28 minutes in. All basic training slapping motions are covered and then there is a section on training in the air and against a telephone book for application of power. Targets are demonstrated on an opponent’s body.

NTSC: About 70 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21099 Mantis Fighting Applications
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Sticky Hand drills, sparring drills, speed drills. This is a DVD of applied Mantis. Definitely Sticky Hands definitely not Wing Chun. Some patterned exercises that smoothly move into variations. For instance the first is a quick three-0attack and defend sequence. Teacher Funk first performs it with chops, then adds kick, then traps, then converts it all to elbow strikes, without loosing the flavor of the style. Then a section on sparring with particular goals in mind. Loose, comfortable and relatively light.

NTSC: About 45 minutes.

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7 Star Praying with Jon FunkDVD#21100 Advanced Mantis
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This part of the series concentrates on street fighting and self defense skills. Many ideas here, from bag work with focus equipment to some leg sparring with a close approximation of Sticky Legs, to typical attacks such as chokes with the flavor of the Mantis in the counters. Much information not necessarily that advanced for some practitioners but education to see the Mantis answers to classic defense situations.
NTSC: About 100 minutes.

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Praying Mantis Beng BuDVD#18123 Grasping Foot Mantis Form
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This material comes from Yu Zhen Sheng of the Huang Pu Military Academy during the 1930's. At this time Huang Pu was the top military academy in China. Among others styles Yu taught Hong Quan, Pao Quan and Zha Quan not to mention this type of Mantis. From Yu it passed through Xu Gong Wei to this man, Fang Shan. This is said to be from a relatively secret style in Shandong and this form is the key set for understanding that system. It is not Bong Bu, but Chi Bu, Grasping Foot. The movements are long enough to resemble, at times, Contemporary Wushu. Spine stretches, actions are relatively soft with little emphasis on speed. Though there are no applications demonstrated the rather well done subtitles contain Fang's explanations of the use of the forms as he teaches the breakdowns.

About 57 Minutes English subtitles       

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Praying Mantis Steals the PeachDVD#12052 Praying Mantis Steals the Peach
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This DVD presents one of the favorite demonstration forms of well known teacher Law Kwong Yuk. Shifu Paul Eng is a lifetime practitioner of the art. His movements are soft, very refined and ever - dare we say it - joyous in execution. he never strains, he never grunts. The disk is well laid out with a history followed by basics in stances, punches and kicks. The form is cleverly shown in start-stop fashion with a complete description. Then the Four Sections are taught in a very clear presentation. Finally all four sections are shown with over 40 different applications. Shifu Eng's movements are so sophisticated that half the presentation lies in what is NOT discussed, simply shown. Here he leans a bit. Here he turns a tad. Watch and learn.

See this instructor's numerous books on Mantis.

About 35 Minutes English     

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Praying Mantis 6 Harmony DVD#18065 Six Harmonies Praying Mantis
by Jian Gao (8th Generation holder)
$32.95 

"As one of the major styles of Praying Mantis Boxing, Six Harmonies Praying Mantis has a mellow appearance but it also has a powerful hidden vigor. It focuses on cultivating the practitioner's ability for real fighting. Its movements, momentum and power are like tidal waves—overwhelming. This significant character made it one of the most sought after Kung Fu styles in Chinese martial history.

This DVD is presented by Mr. Jian Gao who is an initiated disciple of grand master Ma Han Qing and a gold medalist in the 5th International Wushu Invitational Tournament held in Beijing, China.In this DVD, Jian will systematically outline the fundamental requirements and conditioning training of Six Harmonies Praying Mantis Boxing, then he will demonstrate seven key routines for viewers.
Intercepting Ring
Raiding Hands of the Immortal
Iron Needles (emptpy hand)
Hidden Flowers
Lighning Strikes
Double Whips
Short Punches

In beautiful surrounding scenery, with a wonderful music accompanying, Jian's presentation unfolds the true flavor of this awesome Chinese martial art. This DVD is absolutely beneficial for you!"eported difficulties playing this on a DVD player because it is in PAL format. However, it plays fine on computers in all regions and on any DVD player that play PAL. If you don't have PAL you can still see this with a free download (an app that plays just about anything).

English/ About 37 minutes       

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Praying Mantis Beng Bu#12022   Praying Mantis BONG BU
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The form that is often called the "first praying mantis set." Tak Wah Eng demonstrates his interpretation of this important and fundamental form. This DVD contains "archival" footage of Tak's own performance, multiple views of the form, animated history of the Praying Mantis and a foldout instruction booklet with demonstration by Paul Koh.

 

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Praying Mantis Big Wheel Fist

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DVD #18119  Big Wheel Fist
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Da Fan Che: Praying Mantis is known to have come out of the Shaolin Temple. This form shows the Large Frame actions associated with Long Fist fighting. Everything in the form is circular with wide, spinning actions. As a bonus this tape also contains many repetitions from different angles and the applications of Black Tiger Intercepting Fist Boxing.

Teacher Lee Kam Wing was born in 1947. He began studying Praying Mantis style in 1963. As Chiu Chi Man's student he absorbed the entire Seven Star Praying Mantis system. He also learned Chinese medicine with a specialty in Bone Setting. He opened his own Guan in 1972.Continuing his study of medicine and Chi Kung he graduated from the Fat Shan Orthopedics Hospital. 1981 began his practice of Buddhism. He is the author of a very well known book on the subject available through Plum.

50 minutes           

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Praying Mantis Peach Blossom Fist

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DVD #18120 Peach Blossom Fist
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Li Hua Quan: This partner set utilizes Long Fist energy and includes Arm boxing, sweeps, feints, evasions, whirling and breakdowns of the applications. One of the key Mantis partner sets of 7 Star style. Basic strikes for the form are also shown.

52 minutes           

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Beng Bu

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DVD #18121   Crushing Step
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Bong Bu Quan: This DVD shows the very famous Bong Bu along with applications, angles for viewing, and other information. This is an important and crucial set for getting a real feel for the Mantis energies and patterns of movement. It is probably the most famous and varied form in the entire Mantis arsenal.

47 minutes           

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