Northern Mantis White Ape Steals Peach
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."
“Baiyuan Toutao” belongs to Gibbon system’s last training formula. The whole formula has fast footwork with rapid punch make it clean and neat, tough with softness and rapid with consecutive. Its hand techniques not only smart agile but fighting methods also changeful extracts the essence of Gibbon system.
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