Yellow River Tanglang Quan Association

黄  河  螳  螂  拳 会

The Yellow River Tanglang Quan Association (YRTQA) was founded on January 5th, 2016 by Dr. Mark Van Schuyver. The Association was created for the purpose of advancing all styles of Northern Praying Mantis Boxing (Tanglang Quan) through instruction, practice, research, knowledge sharing, and instructor certification.

Vision – Advance and Promote all styles of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu by: Fostering knowledge sharing in all styles of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu through social networking and other methods.  Providing access to research in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu through publication, networking, and other methods. Offering Duan rank certification for YRTQA Members who are high-level Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu practitioners through an extensive peer-based evaluation process. Encouraging instruction of the various Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu systems through a network of Affiliated Schools.

YRTQA Values - Integrity, Respect, Humility, Balance, Productivity, Accountability

Motto – Tanglang Quan for Health, Longevity, Self-Defense, Tradition, Art

​Board of Advisors - Advisors provide advice to the Association

Members - Members benefit from the products and services provided by the Yellow River Tanglang Quan Association. There is a one-time $25 fee for membership. There are no knowledge or skill requirements for membership.  Tanglang teachers, students, practitioners and friends of the art are welcome to join.

YRTQA certified Black Belts - are Members who hold YRTQA Black Belt Chu Duan and higher ranking. Chu Duan level Black Belts and the Shizu may promote others up to, but not above, the rank of Black Belt Chu Duan.  Er Duan and higher rank can only be awarded by a quorum of the YRTQA Board of Examiners per the Duan Rank System guidelines. There is no charge for Duan certification.

Affiliated Schools - YRTQA Black Belt Chu Duan and higher ranked Members may designate their school as YRTQA Affiliated Schools.  Affiliated Schools are affiliated with but not subordinate to the YRTQA.

Board of Examiners - are the five highest available ranking YRTQA Black Belt Er Duan and higher rank holders and the Director.  Examiners are responsible for the certification of YRTQA Black Belts level Er Duan and above and for YRTQA leadership duties.

Duan Ranking - Available to YRTQA Members only. Administered through an extensive evaluation from the Board of Examiners. YRTQA ranking is a modern peer-based ranking system not a traditional master/disciple method.


  • Tanglang Quan (螳 螂) Praying Mantis Boxing
  • Guan (館) Kung Fu School
  • Shizu (始祖) Founder of a Kung Fu Association
  • Kao Guan (考 官) Examiner of Duan ranking for the YRTQA
  • Laoshi (老師) Certified Kung Fu Instructor
  • Shifu (師父) Kung Fu Teacher. Generally the owner and chief instructor of a school
  • Shigong (師公) Teacher’s Teacher
  • Xuesheng (學生) Kung Fu Student

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