What is Mantis Boxing?

Mantis Fist Boxing

The city we located Yantai (Laiyang) is the birthplace of  Praying Mantis Boxing.                   

 The praying mantis fist or Tanglang Quan in the Chinese language was a popular fist during the Han Dynasty. The fist alone holds a rich history that goes beyond 200AD. The fist is very important when in close combat, hence also named the short hit fist as one of the best pictographic fists. To learn mantis fists seriously, there are professional mantis masters in our academy.       

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The mantis fists are essential and offer great value in improving a person’s health.It was a popular fist in certain cities, mostly in the city of Laiyang in Yantai, as well as the City of Qingdao.  At the same time, the fist had originated from Yantai, thus gradually spreading to other cities in China and all over the world thereafter.

The Mantis fist was created by Wanglang. There is a popular legend about Wanglang which indicates that during the Han Dynasty, there existed a skilled martial arts warrior by the name Wanglang. He had spent a lot of time roaming many Chinese cities and places and thus managed to make a number of chivalrous friends and also was fortunate to meet numerous masters who were able to teach him a number of great skills.He later lost in a Kung fu competition, and he was devastated and distressed.While lying under a locust tree, he saw two praying mantises battle viciously over an insect. The mantis had assumed various positions like hooking and jumping, defending, pulling,  and locking.  Inspired by the mantis’ movements, he then imitated the mantis’ movements, therefore creating a structure of the mantis fist. He then continued practicing until he became very skilled. He then went back to challenge the man who had defeated him and subsequently outmatched his opponent. 

Students practicing Mantis application in Kunyu Mountain.

Wanglang would later integrate the parts of famous 18 fists, as well as adopt monkey movements in the forming the fist. Thereby, the mantis fist could then be perfected become the fastest and most agile fist ever.

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