Kicking technique in Praying Mantis Kung Fu


Yellow Belt
Nov 29, 2022
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GREAT Britain
During my time at University, I learned kickboxing from Wutan, UK which I believe is based on Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
Master Liu Qun Kiao taught They Soon Tuan who brought Wutan to the UK.
The eldest disciple of Liu Qun Kiao, Fou Tien Kok, was appointed as a teacher of martial arts and as bodyguard to Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China.
Another disciple Li Chian Wu was appointed head martial arts trainer for Chairman Mao Tsi Tung, the first chairman of the People's Republic Of China.

Because kickboxing is with boxing gloves, how does a kick from Praying Mantis Kung Fu differentiate from a taekwondo/karate or Muay Thai kick? I have noticed they don't chamber their kicks but that's all I can really see in the difference.
Some Wutan guys compete under Oriental and Muay Thai rules in the UK.

I don't know the difference between Northern/Southern Mantis

Flying Crane

Sr. Grandmaster
Sep 21, 2005
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San Francisco
I believe northern and southern mantis are entirely different methods. Different history, different lineage, different methodology, and they look nothing alike. They are not simply different branches of the same method. Their use of the same name praying mantis is coincidental. Two different groups of people who independently found inspiration in the same insect and developed a methodology based on that insect.

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