Praying Mantis Principle and Theory

Lead Instructor:  Sean Daily
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We discuss fighting principle and theory as employed in the Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu system, and how they work together. We introduce you to several fundamental mantis theories and principles, and center the discussion around one of the most famous and effective combinations of principles found in northern mantis: Diu-Lou-Sao (Hook Grapple Punch).

Lesson Specs

Lesson Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material


  1. Watch the Lesson
  2. Take notes on key aspects
  3. Bookmark key points in the Lesson
  4. Ask questions on the Forum
  5. Use Lesson resources to supplement your knowledge

Lesson Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Fundamental Mantis Theories and Principles
  3. Offensive Theory
  4. Defensive Theory
  5. Rigid Theory
  6. Flexible Theory
  7. Pass-Through Theory
  8. Diu-Lou-Sao/Gou-Lau-Tsai Combined Technique
  9. Gou/Diu (Hook) Principle
  10. Lau/Lou (Grab) Principles
  11. Tsai/Cai (Pluck) Principle
  12. Refining the Gou-Lau-Tsai Technique
  13. Practicing the Gou/Diu (Hook) Principle
  14. Gou-Lau-Tsai Partner Flow Drill
  15. Lesson Review and Wrap-Up

Sean Daily

MartialSkill Chief Instructor

Sean Daily is a 16-year practitioner and instructor of Seven Star (Northern) Praying Mantis Kung Fu (Qi Xing Tanglang Q’uan), with teaching influences from both the Luo Guang Yu and Wang Chuan Yi branches of Seven Star Praying Mantis.