(Bei Pai Tang Lang)
Han Xun- WANG HON FUN : The "Mantis King" Huang Han Xun was
born in Guangdong province, Shun De county.
He joined the Hong Kong branch of the Jing Wu Association in 1932
where he started learning with the famous Mantis teacher Luo Guang
Yu. Huang actually worked on the maintenance crew of Jing Wu which
allowed him to take different classes from different instructors.
training with Luo he was encouraged to open a Jing Wu in Macau. He
taught in the Han Kou district there. Then his teacher asked him to
move to teach at the Jing Wu branch in Szechaun province.
Huang Han Xun was a very traditional instructor who would not personally
teach anyone who was not an "inner door" student. Like Yip Man he
even preferred not to touch beginning students. He was also known
to have a bad temper.
everyone admits that Huang was sanctioned to teach by his Master Luo
some say he was not allowed to post the banner of the Seven Star because
he did not receive the entire transmission. Those who consider themselves
appropritate banner holds have been Shih Fu's Chui Chen Luen, Zhao
Zhi Min and Lee Kam Wing.
squabbles over this lineage just add another dimension to the discussion.
Huang himself never used the term "Seven Star" to refer to his system
using instead "Northern Mantis." Some say that though he had the right
to use the name he felt Northern Mantis represented the essence of
the overall Mantis system. This is not without precedent in Kung Fu
last of Huang's top disciples was the famous and well liked instructor
Brendan Lai (Tat Chung). He, along with Lee Kam Wing, Henry Chung
Jr, are "burying the hatchet" and calling the problem quits with their
consideations occur, also in the political arena, in the fact that
though Huang only licensed - that is, signed the banners of - twenty
students he allowed other competent students to teach. He himself
taught over 4000 students in his years as a Jing Wu teacher and was
probably more concerned about creditable Mantis reaching out than
necessarily perfect instruction. The 20 he designated are to be considered
was one of the most prolific Kung Fu writers of his time producing
over 40 books. He meant them to be guides for future generations of
Mantis practitioners and so they have become. According the Brendan
Lai, who from our personal experience with the man shared this opinion,
Master Huang was to spread the Mantis to all who were interested and
had actually proposed documenting the entire system. His death in
1973 ended that dream.
A series of Mantis books, some say it is now 24, covering hand and
weapons forms. The original series did not contain Zhai Yao #2 and
#3 or the Wild Goose Flying Palm but it does now.
He also published two books on theory and one on Healing (his Luo
Han book) also now within the series.
All these books were collected by Yin Mei and republished but they
are now out of print and Yin Mei has closed its door. Plum has been
lucky enough to collected a number of these volumes and we are trying
to gather the entire series from diverse sources.
are also two special books:
1. 40th year memorial (with three high level forms and the Drunken
2. The 14 Road Tan Tui such as Brendan Lai taught in his school. This
book even has some historical notes in English.
a further note: you will find many spellings of Master Huang's name
such as Wang Han Funn, Won Hon Fan, Wohng Han Fan etc. .