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What is 7-Star Praying Mantis?
Northern Praying Mantis Boxing (Fist)
      This martial art is known for imitating the movements of a praying mantis insect in combat, in particular using the hands in a “praying mantis forelegs” shape. Praying Mantis is especially famous for its speed and continuous attacks. Another prominent feature of the style is the complex footwork, borrowed from Monkey
Gung Fu. There are several styles of Praying Mantis, of which the most famous is, Seven Star Praying Mantis. This style is widespread in Shantung, Province and surrounding areas. Luó Kwang Yù (羅光玉) is famous for having passed down this style to Hong Kong and other parts of South China, where it is still practiced today.

Luo Kwang Yu 7 star praying mantis master (Luo Guangyu)Seven Star Praying Mantis Boxing
     Seven Star is known as the 'hardest' of the Praying Mantis styles. Seven Star Praying Mantis Boxing, also known as "Arhat Praying Mantis Boxing", is said to have been created by Wang Yongchun (1854-1926) from Fushan of Shantung. The majority of the existing curriculum of Chut Sing Tong Long Kuen was developed by Wang Yongchun. Boxing sets such as Chahp Cheui Kuen, Seung Chahp Fa and Say Louh Bung Da arise from this period and are largely absent from the Kuen Po (boxing scrolls), of the other Tong Long sects such as Mui Fah, Tai Gik, and Mui Fah Tong Long. Wang Yongchun is regarded as the source of the Siu Lum (Yinching Kuen, Long Fist) influence that becomes so strong in the 7-Star Mantis tradition, especially evident in the next generation of disciples.  
     Although Seven Star Praying Mantis is considered the "hardest" of the Mantis styles certain aspects of it are very internal compared with other external styles of Gung Fu. Based on the essence of Praying Mantis Boxing, Wang integrated his own achievements into the skills, forming a style of his own, which was named "Seven Star Praying Mantis Boxing".  In this style it is important to train the waist and legs consistently as much of the Mantis power is generated from them. It is a combination of softness and hardness (yang/yin), with the softness concealed inside the hardness. A practitioner must move lightly and heavily in transition capturing and leaking, using  lek, ging and gik in linked attacks. The basic posture of this style is the "Seven Star Step"”, which is full of force and characterized by horizontal wrapping and vertical striking.