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Mantis / Praying Mantis

táng láng
tou rou
Mantis / Praying Mantis Scroll

螳螂 / 蟷螂 is mantis or "praying mantis" as it's often titled in English.

Technically speaking, this is especially applies to the narrow-winged mantis (Tenodera angustipennis)

It is best to use this very common two-character Asian title for mantis, as the second character alone can mean mantis or dragonfly (totally ambiguous).

This title is antiquated in Japanese, as they tend to write カマキリ (kama kiri) in Katakana to mean praying mantis.


蟷Note: There is an alternate form of this title which uses the character shown to the right instead of the first character shown above. This is uncommon in both Japan and China (if you really want it anyway, please let us know).

Southern Praying Mantis

nán pài táng láng
Southern Praying Mantis Scroll

This can be translated literally as "Southern School Praying Mantis" or "Southern Style Praying Mantis".

Despite its name, the Southern Praying Mantis style of Chinese martial arts is unrelated to the Northern Praying Mantis style. Southern Praying Mantis is instead related most closely to fellow Hakka styles such as Dragon and more distantly to the Fujian family of styles that includes Fujian White Crane, Five Ancestors, and Wing Chun.

This style of martial arts focuses more on fighting skills rather than aesthetics.

Of course, you already knew that if you were looking for this term.

Note: This title can be pronounced and does have meaning in Korean but only to Koreans familiar with Chinese martial arts.

Northern Praying Mantis

táng láng quán
tou rou ken
Northern Praying Mantis Scroll

This can be translated literally as "Praying Mantis Fist".

螳螂拳 is sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its place of origin. It was created by Wang Lang and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style.

Shaolin records document that Wang Lang was one of the 18 masters gathered by the Shaolin Abbot Fu Ju, which dates him and Northern Praying Mantis style to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.).

The fact that the word "Northern" is used in the English title has more to do with where this style came from (Shandong is in northern China) but "north" is absent from this Chinese title.

Note: 螳螂拳 is also a title in Japanese - however, only a Japanese person who practices or is familiar with "Praying Mantis Fist" style would recognize it.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mantis
Praying Mantis
螳螂 / 蟷螂
螳螂
tou rou / tourou / to ro / torotáng láng
tang2 lang2
tang lang
tanglang
t`ang lang
tanglang
tang lang
Southern Praying Mantis南派螳螂nán pài táng láng
nan2 pai4 tang2 lang2
nan pai tang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan p`ai t`ang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan pai tang lang
Northern Praying Mantis螳螂拳tou rou ken
tourouken
to ro ken
toroken
táng láng quán
tang2 lang2 quan2
tang lang quan
tanglangquan
t`ang lang ch`üan
tanglangchüan
tang lang chüan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

螳螂

see styles
táng láng
    tang2 lang2
t`ang lang
    tang lang
 tourou / toro
    とうろう
    kamakiri
    かまきり
Northern Praying Mantis Scroll
mantis; praying mantis
(kana only) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

螳螂拳

see styles
 tourouken / toroken
    とうろうけん
Northern Praying Mantis Scroll
(martial arts term) praying mantis style

南派螳螂

see styles
nán pài táng láng
    nan2 pai4 tang2 lang2
nan p`ai t`ang lang
    nan pai tang lang
Northern Praying Mantis Scroll
Chow Gar - "Southern Praying Mantis" - Martial Art

see styles
táng
    tang2
t`ang
    tang
praying mantis

螵蛸

see styles
piāo xiāo
    piao1 xiao1
p`iao hsiao
    piao hsiao
egg case of a praying mantis (used in TCM); cuttlebone

蟐螂

see styles
 kamakiri
    かまきり
(kana only) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

蟷螂

see styles
 tourou / toro
    とうろう
(kana only) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis); (surname) Tourou

鎌切

see styles
 kamakiri
    かまきり
(kana only) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

鎌首

see styles
 kamakubi
    かまくび
sickle-shaped neck (e.g. snake, praying mantis); crooked neck; gooseneck

蟷螂拳

see styles
 tourouken / toroken
    とうろうけん
(martial arts term) praying mantis style

カマキリ

see styles
 kamakiri
    カマキリ
(kana only) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

北派螳螂拳

see styles
běi pài táng láng quán
    bei3 pai4 tang2 lang2 quan2
pei p`ai t`ang lang ch`üan
    pei pai tang lang chüan
Beipai Tanglang Quan - "Northern Praying Mantis" (Chinese Martial Art)

Variations:
螳螂拳
蟷螂拳

see styles
 tourouken / toroken
    とうろうけん
{MA} praying mantis style

ミステリーかまきり

see styles
 misuteriikamakiri / misuterikamakiri
    ミステリーかまきり
(wk) Praying Mantis (film)

Variations:
蟷螂
螳螂
鎌切
蟐螂

see styles
 kamakiri; tourou(蟷螂, 螳螂); imojiri(蟷螂); iibomushiri(蟷螂); kamakiri / kamakiri; toro(蟷螂, 螳螂); imojiri(蟷螂); ibomushiri(蟷螂); kamakiri
    かまきり; とうろう(蟷螂, 螳螂); いもじり(蟷螂); いいぼむしり(蟷螂); カマキリ
(kana only) (occ. written 杜父魚) praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

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Northern Praying Mantis Scroll
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