Kata == Japanese btw, not Chinese but I know what you're talking about.
I'm still waiting though on my last question to you about the Song dynasty Praying Mantis you mentioned. How about some info on it?
Thanks for making the inference about the kata.
I saw your question but can't offer you a detailed history of the Mantis I learned as I don't really know. I recently asked my Shifu (Sifu)about it and all he told me was that it was a Shaolin take on Seven Star brought to the U.S. by Grand Master Pai. One of the guys I trained with under him now trains with his teacher (Dennis Hardy) who may know a very detailed history of the style. Personally I'd like to know more about it so the next time I have the opportunity to speak with him I'm going to ask about this.