Mr Hon Fan WONG, master of the Praying Mantis School, is well known in the Chinese martial arts community. There are already a number of related websites on the Praying Mantis School, but most of them only offer incomplete or imprecise information or only aim to promote their own work, rather than to record the legacy of Master Wong. There is only one simple objective for setting up this website: to keep an archive of Master Wong’s treasures and make them known to the public. As an ancient Chinese saying goes “preserve the treasures in the depth of mountains for the right person”. It is our sincere wish that there will be someone who truly admire and respect the teaching of the Praying Mantis School, put them into practice and pass them on to the next generation.
We have pleasure to announce that the CUHK Library Archival Collections have digitized all the manuscripts, appointment letters, newspaper clippings and other material of Master Wong and will be uploaded gradually.
Seven Stars school of Praying Mantis martial arts is listed on the First Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong. We are pleased to announce that our application to the Community-driven Projects funding scheme is successful. Our project entitled “The Preservation and Promotion of Praying Mantis Martial Arts” includes online lectures, oral history, video-recording of routines and the digitisation of Master Wong Hon Fan’s manuscripts. The outcome will be uploaded onto the web in due course.
We are proud to announce that THE TREATISE IN THE PRAYING MANTIS SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS has just been published. This masterpiece of Master Hon-Fan Wong was drafted early in the late 1950s, but part of the manuscript was lost. After years of effort, the missing parts were recovered from other writings of Master Wong, and now can be presented in full to the public. The book comprises 365 pages, with over 200 plates, discussing in detail the poses and uses of various techniques. They are put under the categories of Palm, Fist, Finger, Elbow, Arm, Steps, Legs, Physical Practices and Weapon. It is a full account of the foundation of the Praying Mantis school and further demonstrates Master Wong’s profound knowledge.
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