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Great Grandmaster Liu Yun-Qiao

Great Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao

Founder of Wu-Tan and master of styles such as Bajiquan, Piguazhang and Baguazhang.
Grandmaster Kurt Wong

Grandmaster Kurt Wong

Our instructor's shifu teaches traditional guoshu in the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
Sifu Paolo Castaneda

Shifu Paolo Castaneda

Wu-Tan's proud tradition was brought to Oslo by Shifu Paolo Castaneda, head instructor at Oslo Wu-Tan.

About Praying Mantis Boxing

Praying Mantis

Tanglangquan, or Praying Mantis Boxing, is characterized by the ferocious hands of the praying mantis combined with the light nimble step of the monkey. The style was developed in Shandong Province, China. Shandong is known throughout China as being a academic and cultural province. Many famous people came from Shandong, such as Lao Tzu and Confucious. The province is also known to be a very dangerous place filled with bandits. That is why the martial arts of Shandong is considered to be very effective and intelligent.

Praying mantis boxing can trace it's origins back to a man named Wang Lang, of Shandong province. Wang had trained in martial arts and was schooled in Shaolin Boxing.

While in Laoshan mountain, Wang witnessed a fight between a praying mantis and cicada. At first, Wang believed that the cicada would defeat the mantis since it was much smaller; much to Wang's surprise, he was wrong. With one quick and precise attack, the mantis defeated the cicada. Inspired by the fight, Wang captured the mantis and began observing it's movements.

Wang combined 17 of the best techniques from General Qi Ji-Guang's military manual and combined it with the hand techniques of the mantis. Along with this, Wang included the footwork of the monkey to his system. This new system would be called Tanglangquan, or Praying Mantis Boxing.


Originally there were no distinction between styles in the Tanglang system. Generations after Wang, his decendants would develop new sub-styles of Tanglangquan. Among the most well known systems of Mantis are Meihua (plum blossom), Qixing (seven star), Liuhe (six harmony), Babu (8 step), Mimen (secret door), and Changquan (long fist).

The Praying Mantis forms taught at Wu-Tan are selected forms from Qixing, Babu, Meihua, and Liuhe styles. Our Tanglang systems come directly from Grandmaster Kurt Wong and Grandmaster Su Yu-Chang.