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    Thumbs up How many people here do mantis?

    Northern mantis... this section seems a little dead! i'm currently learning taiji mantis which seems a little different from other styles

    what style do you guys do?
    I guess we are who we are

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    I have not posted lately as I am working on a book about the culture of kung fu and Mantis from the Ming Dynasty.
    The THirty-Six Mother Technqiues of Praying Mantis
    The cultural aspect that I am writing now mostly deals with the stories and figures that men of rivers and lakes entertained themselves with and used as the inspiration for mantis kung fu (as well as other styles)

    For example, in the list of 18 styles that comprise Praying Mantis Kung Fu there is Zhao Kuang-Yin's longfist. It is listed as being the beginning taizu de changquan qi shou.

    During the Ming there were popular stories about the exploits of Kuang-Yin. These stories served to contrast and compare different virtues and vices with the goal of presenting the martial virtue wu-de for the common man and the men of the "greenwoods" to use as inspiration in their conduct and training in life.

    One of those stories involved Kuang-Yin's uncle.
    Kuang-Yin had an uncle who lived as a recluse in a Buddhist temple on the border region of Shandong and who provided Kuang-Yin with rare medicine which he used to help others.

    The life style of Kuang-Yin's uncle is illustrated by a short 28 character verse poem roughly translated:

    I don't detest the poverty of wearing poor patched up clothes.
    In idle time I burn cypress twigs as incense.
    Meditating by the window I disregard worldly affairs.
    Just one pot of clear tea and one scroll of sutra.

    Anyway, this work is keeps me from posting much here these days.

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    sounds interesting, i'm familiar with wu de but never really looked into the history surrounding mantis! good luck with your book
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    the mantis forum isn't as lively as it used to be. Fact is, the shiite's hard to discuss - it's easier to show or experience in person.

    Here's a term you'll have to learn

    "One Family"

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    Qixing & Hao family Taiji Meihua Tanglangquan.

    With whom do you study Taji mantis?
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    Liu He Tang Lang Quan from Wu Tan Lineage still a newbie

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    Hi

    Do you train the Taiji Mantis of Chu Chuk Kai or the Taiji Mantis of Song Zi De..... coz they are very very different.

    I train the latter, under Master Zhou Zhen Dong in Yantai.

    http://www.monkeystealspeach.co.uk/praying-mantis.php

    Heres some info about our style

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    I think we (usually) do a much better job with the One Family thing here than the Wing Chunners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xiao yao View Post
    I think we (usually) do a much better job with the One Family thing here than the Wing Chunners!
    How can we not have love to those who also uses Gou Lou Cai Shou? As long as you use Gou Lou Cai Shou, you are one of us.

    - Some mantis brings Taiji into it.
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    One family... i like that!

    i guess i should have asked a different question, i've never heard of most of those styles! haha

    i only know what i learn is "taiji mantis" and it's abit different to any others i've seen

    Quote Originally Posted by mooyingmantis View Post
    Qixing & Hao family Taiji Meihua Tanglangquan.

    With whom do you study Taji mantis?
    my shifu is Andy Zhou, i always forget his full chinese name sorry!

    Quote Originally Posted by xiao yao View Post
    Hi

    Do you train the Taiji Mantis of Chu Chuk Kai or the Taiji Mantis of Song Zi De..... coz they are very very different.

    I train the latter, under Master Zhou Zhen Dong in Yantai.
    I'm not sure if it's either of the ones you mentioned! i remember your website though, i emailed you about a year and a half ago about coming to china to train

    was your shifu at the competition in kaifaqu a few weeks ago?

    i'm also in yantai
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    Im youre in Yantai, its not the first. Chu Chuk Kai lineage isnt found in the mainland.

    Yes I am in Yantai, we went to the Aug 8th competition at Yantai Uni, but not the Kai Fa Qu one.

    I think I know who your shifu is, does he learn from Sun De?

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    Do either one of you guys know him? I met him in the 1st and the 2nd 济南Jinan tournament.

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    7 Star Mantis Under Derek Frearson (Lee Kam Wing)

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    I know of Sun De Long, but I dont know him personally.

    He teaches Taiji Meihua and is the older brother of Sun De Yao, who is teaching in the US

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    Hi! Welcome!
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