Praying Mantis Style contains hard as well as soft techniques, thus being the most internal of the external styles. Praying Mantis is also considered the highest level of Shaolin due to the fact that it contains movements from 18 different animal styles.
Students in this class first learn Tai Chi principles of movement through the Soft Mantis form as well as different animal techniques. Application is taught to help students better understand the movements.
After Soft Mantis students learn a two person fighting form. Through this application is better understood as students get a feel of how Praying Mantis fights by interacting with another person.
Students then learn an external Praying Mantis Bumbo form, or "Crushing Fist". This is where we start to apply power to the movements. By starting first with a soft form students learn hardness by way of softness and find the external through way of the internal.