Old manuscripts describe the origins, theory, and curriculum of Praying Mantis Boxing. Additionally, oral folk traditions, legends, fantastic stories, and songs are utlized. Transmission goes back to the early years of the Qianlong reign (1736–1796). Referencing such sources, the author details the history of this realistic combat system, showing that it preserves its original techniques and classical forms.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 10 No. 4 (2001): 32 pages.