Northern Mantis Hidden Flower (Yedi-Canghua)
The northern provinces of China have long been known as the "holy land" of martial arts. Among its arts, praying Mantis has become one of the most favored styles. Praying Mantis branched off of Shaolin martial arts and further absorbed the essence of a numerous other styles, combining them into one and creating its fame as "the true style of 18 families."
Praying Mantis was created near the end of the Ming Dynasty, when Wang Lang combined the swift and fierce hand techniques of the praying mantis with the quick and nimble footwork of the monkey, making a new and unique form of martial art. Because of the establishment of Praying Mantis, Wang Lang met with many other masters and absorbed the strengths of their styles, finally creating the essence of the 18 family boxing techniques and merging them with Praying Mantis. Being transmitted to this day Praying Mantis has always been admired as a style with special emphasis on practical combat application, The hand techniques of Mantis are fast, the body agile. Because of its particular emphasis on the combat technique, it is praised in the
Chinese martial arts world as "the combat fist."
"Yedi-Canghua" is an important form of the "Rougong-men" ("Soft Skills")branch of the Praying Mantis 18 Family Styles. The "Soft Skills" are also known as "Six Harmony Praying Mantis." Within the whole Praying Mantis boxing system, it is considered a very important sub-system. After all, during the long course of development of Chinese martial arts, the buildup of experience has given birth to numerous levels of technical variation. This is how the "soft skills" developed. Boxing practice is hard effective fighting technique is harder. Being pressed up closely against the enemy's body, is a particularly difficult range. and Yedi-Canghua is a form designed to train you for this kind of close-range fighting. It places special emphasis on the use of "inch-jin" and the moves are specially designed to be like "hiding a needle in your sleeve." It hides deadly techniques everywhere and can release them at any time.