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Praying Mantis Kung Fu for Real Self Defense in the Wabash Valley, Indiana

In addition to Wing Chun, the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy offers course studies in other martial art systems.  In this blog I’ll discuss one of these other systems and answer some commonly asked questions regarding it:

For years the people of Terre Haute, Indiana, in fact all of the Wabash Valley, have been seeking real self-defense classes; classes dealing with the reality of fighting outside of sporting events.  And, that’s just what the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy has provided them.

praying mantis kung fu 3Tánglángquán (螳螂拳), literally “Praying Mantis Fist”, is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. It was created by Wang Lang (王朗) and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style. One Mantis legend places the creation of the style in the Song Dynasty when Wang Lang was supposedly one of 18 masters gathered by the Abbot Fu Ju (福居), a legendary persona of the historical Abbot Fu Yu (福裕) (1203–1275), to improve Shaolin martial arts. However, most legends place Wang Lang in the late Ming Dynasty.

This kung fu style offers a complete syllabus of skills in long range kicking, middle range hand techniques, trapping skills, pressure point/pressure strikes, iron palm training, joint locks, throws, and skills capable of neutralizing ground grappling attacks.

Do you include weapons training in your praying mantis class?

Yes.  All of our students are offered weapons use and defense courses.  We would fail to be offering a self-defense course if we excluded weapons.  (The FBI and State of Indiana crime statistics show over 60% of violent crimes committed involve a weapon of some sort.)

Are there uniform requirements?

No.  One must learn to defend themselves in the clothes they wear; otherwise, the system is impractical.  (How often would you be wearing a formal kung fu uniform outside of class?)

To learn more about this and our other self-defense courses, visit us at or contact us at or (812) 229-4097.

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