Seven Star Mantis Auckland (New Zealand) Classes Starting – Feb. 7, 2018

The Auckland (New Zealand) branch of the Luo GuangYu Seven Star Praying Mantis Athletic Association will open its doors for classes starting Thursday, February 8th.

Classes will be run by Cameron Hirst, an instructor under the tutelage of Kai Uwe Pel (view profile here), and will be taught following the traditional methodologies of the Seven Star Praying Mantis system as passed down by Master Luo GuangYu.  Classes will be open to adults, with children’s classes available according to ...

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In China, Kung Fu Collides With Commercialism And Survives

Article written by Jessica Levine. Originally published in Teaf Leaf Nation on January 8, 2013. See link here.

The early morning in Dengfeng, Henan province in Central China resonates with the thwacking of landed kicks on brick, of wind pants and tennis shoes rubbed flat from unforgiving overuse. Kung Fu students, fueled on rice porridge, are preparing for a full day of training.

As scooters pour into nearby streets, a fog peels back to reveal Shaolin Temple (少林寺) perched in the ...

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Weapons Kung Fu Seminar Jan. 20th: “Fifth Son Eight Diagram Staff” of Northern Shaolin – January 14, 2018

Kai Uwe Pel hosted a weapons kung fu seminar in Recklinghausen, Germany, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, where he taught the original “Fifth Son Eight Diagram Staff” (五郎八卦棍) of Northern Shaolin created by the monk Yang Wu Lang (杨五郎).  In attendance were students from Bremen, Bochum, and Steinfurt, including long time student Kai Ehlemann from Bochum who began training with Kai in 1997, and who previously attended the Qingdao Training Camp in China hosted by Master Pel in 2008.

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Seven Star Mantis for Kids – January 14, 2018

The Luo Guang Yu Seven Star Martials Arts school in Shanghai ran a summer program for kids during the months of July and August, 2017. Children between the ages of 5 and 8 had the chance to participate in daily classes improving their health, confidence, self-defense, and overall physical fitness – all in a fun and safe environment. Classes focused on developing a good base in functional movement and self-defense skills through single person and two-person footwork drills, kicking drills, ...

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Introduction to Teacher Kai Uwe Pel

Kai Uwe Pel was born in Recklinghausen, Germany in 1964, and has been deeply involved in Chinese Martial Art since he began his formal training in Hong Kong at the age of sixteen. Since that time, he has studied with many noted Masters both in this country and in the Orient and has himself taught for more than 30 years.

While in Singapore, Kai Uwe Pel also took the opportunity to study with his respected Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Taijiquan ...

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Welcome to our newly updated website!

Welcome to our updated website (released Dec. 31, 2017) with a new visually stunning design, improved mobile optimization for a more fluid user experience, and most importantly great content. For the year 2018 we look forward to bringing you more great analytical commentary related to traditional Seven Star Mantis martial arts that we hope you find informative. Please feel free to get back to us with feedback and/or comments and how to better improve the online experience as well content ...

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Instructors of Luo Guang Yu Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung

Nathan A. Wright, Instructor (Shanghai, China)

Originally from Calgary, Canada, Nathan has resided in Shanghai for 18 years working in the financial services sector.

He speaks fluent Mandarin, reads/writes Chinese, and is a graduate from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business. Nathan has always been actively involved in athletics from a young age playing ice hockey up to the age of 17, and collegiate football throughout his university studies. He is also deeply involved in the martial arts, ...

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History of Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Oral traditions outlining the origins and developments of ancient martial art systems are fascinating and fun topics. They have the potential to provide us with colorful insights and anecdotal stories into the lives of the individuals that shaped the art we train today. But legends are also prone to inaccuracies and can be difficult to verify. While we encourage readers to have fun, please keep in mind that all legends should be read with a grain of salt. The true ...

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Branches of Mantis Kung Fu

Over its 350-400 year history, Praying Mantis Kung Fu (Tanglang Quan) evolved into three primary branch systems

  1. Qixing Tanglang 七星螳螂
  2. Meihua Tanglang 梅花螳螂
  3. Liuhe Tanglang 六合螳螂

A number sub branches also include:

  • Guangban Tanglang 光板螳螂
  • Mimen Tanglang 密门螳螂
  • Babu Tanglang 八步螳螂
  • Changquan Tanglang 长拳螳螂
  • Tantui Tanglang 弹腿螳螂

Our branch is Seven Star Praying Mantis (七星螳螂拳), or Qixing Tanglang Quan (QXTL) in pinyin phonetics, from a strong lineage most readily identified with Grandmaster Luo Guang Yu. Master Luo came from Shandong to teach in the Shanghai Chin Wo Men from 1919 ...

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Masters of Seven Star Mantis Kung Fu

Wang Lang

Father of Praying Mantis boxing.

Sheng Xiao Dao Ren, 1st generation

Shengxiao Daoren was the first generation student of Wang Lang, although to this day remains more of a mythical figure than anything else. His existence is difficult if not impossible to prove. In view of such it is suspected that his existence, in name at least, serves the purpose of ...

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Strategy, Tactics, and Techniques in Seven Star Mantis

Praying Mantis kung fu is a complete combat system. It contains a core body of physical fighting techniques including kicking, striking, grappling, joint locking and throwing, codified by a governing body of strategy, tactics, theory, principles, and training methodologies. Additionally it contains weapons training, iron palm training, wooden dummy training, and energy (qigong) training.

Purpose

Seven Star Praying Mantis kung fu is a traditional Chinese combat system. It was designed for one purpose and one purpose only – combat. This is fundamental ...

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Forms Training in Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Conceptually forms contain thoughtfully constructed pre-arranged groupings of fighting techniques and combinations of such, that inherently incorporate key combat strategy, tactical theory, and principles. Forms training is an important element of training in its own right, but it is also a relatively small component of a much larger training regimen.

For beginners, forms can help students learn and put to memory large groupings of prearranged movements, develop good early stage macro body mechanics, as well introduce students to a fairly broad ...

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General Training and Class Overview

A Typical Class
Classes cover all aspects of the system. You will learn:

  • Traditional Fighting Techniques and Tactics: covering footwork, kicking, striking (fists, palms, elbows), grappling and joint locking, throwing techniques.
  • Application of the ’12 Keywords’: Starting from this simple platform you will develop effective pattern recognition and flow through applied two person drills.
  • Physical Conditioning: Through a progressive systematic approach you will build physical strength, endurance, quickness, flexibility, iron body conditioning, mental fortitude, and a strong overall awareness and ability to control ...
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Interview: Master Kai Uwe Pel, Kung Fu Expert

By Andy Best
http://shanghaiist.com/2008/01/21/interview_maste.php

Master Kai Uwe Pel has been a fixture on the Shanghai Kung Fu scene for nearly six years, working at the Jing Wu school and the Long Wu International Kung Fu Centre before finally going it alone in 2006. He has spent more than 25 years in Chinese martial arts. He lived and worked in Hong Kong and then Singapore where he studied Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu.

Pre-war Shanghai was the site of the original Jing ...

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Li, Jing and Qi in Mantis Kung Fu

In this piece I would like to provide clarification and insight, regarding some important misconceptions about Seven Star Praying Mantis. In particular there has been recent speculation regarding what does, and does not, constitute Seven Star Praying Mantis, arising from the following commentary on Luo Guang Yu’s Seven Star Praying Mantis.

“Master Luo Guang Yu, on the other hand, began to blend Mei Hua, Qi Xing and Guang Ban forming his own Tanglang. Hong Kong Tanglang is not Qi Xing or ...

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Seasons Greetings and New Year Wishes to Master Pel

On behalf of all my kung fu brothers in Shanghai and Auckland, I would like to kindly wish Master Kai Uwe Pel a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year. We are grateful for your generosity and deeply appreciate your unwavering commitment and dedication to selflessly teaching and promoting traditional Seven Star Praying Mantis kung fu – now spanning over thirty years across the regions of Europe and the Asia Pacific.

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Repositioning Standards in Traditional Praying Mantis

 

Introduction
Having dedicated almost twenty five years of my life to traditional Seven Star Praying Mantis, I feel extremely privileged as it has become an inseparable part of my life, providing me with many good friends, many good experiences, and an education in the traditional combative arts. On top of that it has given me many opportunities to visit and research other quality traditional Mantis schools and systems, meet world class Mantis masters and students, exchange and participate with the ...

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An Informal Discussion about Helping Traditional Arts

 

It is now nearly three years since Master Kai Uwe Pel of Luo Guang Yu’s Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu closed his public class in Shanghai. It was done in the name of being traditional, training a small group for free and shunning the world of medals and belts. But in today’s world of martial arts, what does traditional even mean?

We often associate traditional with being conservative and reactionary, especially in the world of politics. Traditionalists ignore the changes ...

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Footwork in Seven Star Mantis Kung Fu

The importance of developing good footwork is fundamental in all good MA schools, as it eventually provides us with a combative platform (jiazi) for mobility and positioning, rooting and stability, and explosive power in application. Characteristics of good combative movement are generally universal, and should be low, stable, rooted, precise, fast, fluid, explosive, coordinated, controlled, and above all purposeful. Traditional CMA teachers know the importance of moving, and are relentless in developing good attributes of footwork in their students, because ...

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