The History Of Liuhe Tanglang Quan
(Praying Mantis of Six Harmony)

The Praying Mantis Style (Tanglang) Kung Fu originated toward the end of the Ming Dynasty in China and was created by Master Wang Lang who was born in Shandong province of China. He traveled from province to province and studied different styles of martial arts. He observed how skillfully the praying mantis catches the cicada. On this base he created a new method of fighting. Later the Praying Mantis style developed rapidly and spread far and wide with variations, according to personal attainments of successors, divided into different branches, such as Qixing Tanglang (Seven Star Praying Mantis), Meihua Tanglang (Plum-Blossom Praying Mantis), Taiji Tanglang (Praying Mantis of Great Ultimate), Liuhe Tanglang (Six Harmony Praying Mantis), and Babu Tanglang (Eight Steps Praying Mantis) styles…etc.

The Liuhe Tanglang (Six Harmony) style combines Praying Mantis and Six Harmony Boxing. It was created by Master Lin Shichun. He studied Liuhequan (Six Harmony Boxing) from his grandfather, and Praying Mantis style from Master Wei Shan.

The Six Harmony Praying Mantis Kung Fu like the insect after which it is patterned, is a ferocious self- defense system, a style that gives its opponents no mercy. The Mantis practitioner will typically block a punch, grab with his blocking hand and pull his attacker off-balance, then close into him while simultaneously striking with the opposite hand. He may counter his opponent's attack with three to five quick movements. The Liuhe Praying Mantis style stresses on the internal force and the fast continuous flexible movements. Also this style is known as "soft Praying Mantis style"

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