|Hao Lianru and the Hungry
Hao Lianru is the first Praying Mantis master of the Hao
family. He taught his style of Praying Mantis to his
family at Hao Village. Several of his descendants became
famous for their skill and so the name of Hao family
Mantis became well known across Shandong.
Originally, Hao Lianru's family style only contained
Luohan Quan and Monkey Boxing. The combination of
those styles with Praying Mantis is what makes it
Lin Yushan famous for tiger paintings and
grand uncle of April Brazier. Paintings on
display at the National Palace Museum.
One Hundred years ago when Hao Lianru was training his
sons he must have thought that his style of kung fu
would be the precious treasure of his village for
generations. Now Hao family mantis is widely known and
faithfully practiced today by enthusiasts all over the
Hao Lianru's Teachers and Friends
Hao Lianru's great skill and creation of Mantis Boxing
comes from his time with Liang Jinchuan and his father
Liang Xuexiang, one of the most important people on the
tree of Mantis genealogy. Hao Lianru's training and
collaboration with the two Liang masters had a profound
impact on his Luohan Quan and Monkey Boxing.
Luohan Quan contains the cream of Huang Lianru's
Luohan method and combines it with moves from the
original mother forms of Mantis, Luanjie and
The Buddhist Kungfu of a Taoist
At the top of the family tree of Mantis sits Heaven
Ascended Taoist. He left behind a book called Robe
and Bowl Authentic Transmission. In this book we
discover that his style of kung fu was Luohan Quan
with Praying Mantis making up one part of it, along with
other styles such as Longfist and Tongbei.
An illustration and description of Mantis Boxing from
Heaven Ascended Taoist's book shown at right. (read
about it here)
The development of a Luohan
training and the cultivation of mind and
spirit through meditation. The style of the Luohan
is so named owing to its spiritual aspect and is
therefore the perfect style for warrior monks and
spiritual adepts. Luohan is part of the method of
purifying the mind. The martial aspect of Heaven
ascended Taoist's Luohan Quan contains techniques
such as fanche, coiled elbow strike and Hungry
Tiger Beats its Food. These are also all part of Hao
Lianru's Luohan Quan. This implies a clear
connection between the Luohan Quan of Heaven
Ascended Taoist and Hao Lianru.
The theme of Hao Lianru's Luohan Quan is built on
the technique dian chui 'tap of the fist,' so
named owing to the speedy method of setting up the
strike. Heaven Ascended Taoist calls these punches
'rushing punches' and tells us that they should follow
each other with their speed.
Attacking with straight rushing fists and the
interconnected stepping always relies on the hands
following each other.
Change the maneuver and the Mantis strikes cleave
open the gates and change to the supporting hands.
The Hungry Tiger Beats its Food
For the articles of the last two months I presented
chapter seven of an epic novel depicting the life of
Zhao Kuangyin before he became first emperor of the
Song Dynasty in 960 A.D. Their battle contained the
thieving convict, how dare you behave so rudely!” He
ran up to Dongda and with just one pull yanked him
off his saddle. Dongda felt Kuangyin’s force and
knew him to be a formidable adversary. Dongda jumped
up from the ground with his ‘carp leaps from the
water’ and opened wide his two eyes to attack with
‘hungry tiger beats its food.’ (read
the full story)
Hungry Tiger Beats its Food as it
appears in Hao Lianru's form Luohan Quan.
|Tap a punch starts with the left
|Tap a punch finishes with the
right punch here
|Lift and fall stars with the
|Lift and fall ends with this
|Applying the coiled elbow
|Jump up in the air and land in a
squatting position. This is Hungry Tiger Beats
|Shown here just before he falls over my leg.
These techniques start from long range and end up with
short range-moving from longfist to short strikes.
Though the kungfu of Luohan Quan is not so
different from other styles it is the mental and
spiritual aspect that makes it unique
Thanks to Marcio and Jared for help
with the pictures.