MANTISBOXING.COM is dedicated to the traditional Chinese martial art of Tanglang Quan/Mantis Boxing. The primary focus of the page is Qixing Tanglang Quan/Seven Star Mantis Boxing of Shandong Province, The Peoples Republic of China.
The material presented herein is the result of many years of hard work and research by the author and his martial family. The historical and technical information contained are the fruits of the Shaolin Jingang Qixing Tanglang school (founded by Li Zhanyuan of Qingdao, China), as passed on by Shifu Kang Zhiqiang and Wang Xiaohua to Brendan Tunks; the President of the Tanglang Quan She (Mantis Boxing Society) of Australia.
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Welcome to the long overdue rebirth of MANTISBOXING.COM
I've finally scraped together enough time to build a new site and have taken the opportunity to overhaul the entire content.
Much of the original text (written over 15 years ago) was hastily pulled together in my eagerness to get it out there as a counterbalance to readily-accessible sources on the more prevalent Mantis Boxing styles. Some of it was clearly out of date and long overdue for an update. Over recent years, apart from updating the ‘News’ section, the gallery and posting the occasional video clip, the old site was dying a slow death.
Since launching the site all those years ago I've gone on to spend countless more hours training, researching and attempting to increase my own understanding of Mantis Boxing. I would like to think I have evolved a little in the interim. If that wasn't the case - time to give the game away and take up flower arrangement!
I'm still learning, as I hope to be until death (following the motto of the great Lin Jingshan), so of course there may be errors within and no doubt, things that I will change my mind about in the future. The current content should accurately reflect where I'm at today though.
Content-wise, I've reduced the overall amount of text and dropped a lot of superfluous technical and theoretical information. As far as I'm concerned, such things are better left for training. I've also dumped any redundant discussion on differences between the various styles of Tanglang. I think we've probably all moved well beyond that by now.
The history section is more concise. It’s still intentionally ‘high-level’ but has been pared back. I've given some overdue, yet well-deserved props to certain figures of note and wherever possible, have corrected previous errors in light of new evidence. The family tree has been revised and although more detailed, is still by no means exhaustive - not going much further beyond the 6th generation, except in my own line.
As always, there will be some people out there who will get their noses out of joint because I haven't shone enough light on their family or failed to acknowledge their bullshit claims to orthodoxy/supremacy - but as always, they are welcome to come and correct me face to face at any time.
There’s also a blog, which I intend to regularly update and links to the Mantis Boxing Society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel (see icons in the footer). Please feel free to add and subscribe. Have a look around and feel free to drop me a line or send feedback via the contact mechanisms on the right side of this page. This site is a work in progress so please check in regularly and I’ll do my best to keep it buzzing.
Massive thanks to my bro Dan Elleson who built the original site and maintained it for many years, putting up with the constant harassment of a cyber-caveman with very little idea of the complexity of web design and maintenance. Also to the brother Nang Ho who designed the original memorials and MANTISBOXING.COM interviews (which incidentally, are about to recommence soon).
One love to my family for putting up with my terminal Tanglang addiction and the amount of time it takes me away from them. Always in my heart. Dunknow!
Train hard and be good to your mums.
President, Mantis Boxing Society