Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung fu Association

黄  河  螳  螂  拳 会

The Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu (Tanglang Quan) Association 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, networking, education and fellowship among practitioners, teachers and enthusiasts.

Mission

The Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association is an association that embraces and supports all varieties of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu by providing access to research in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu through publication, networking, and other methods, encouraging instruction of the various Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu systems through a network of Affiliated Schools, offering based Duan rank certification for Association Members who are high-level Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu practitioners through an extensive peer-based evaluation process, and by sponsoring seminars and other activities and events that promote the various styles of northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.

Disclaimer

The Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association is not a Kung Fu school and it does not represent any particular master, style or heritage.

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

Motto – Praying Mantis Kung Fu for Health, Longevity, Self-Defense, Tradition, and Art

​Board of Advisors - Advisors provide advice to the Association

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

Certified Black Belts - are Members who hold the Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association 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 Association's Board of Examiners per the Duan Rank System guidelines. There is no charge for Duan certification.

Affiliated Schools - Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association Black Belt Chu Duan and higher ranked Members may designate their school as Association Affiliated Schools.  Affiliated Schools are affiliated with but not subordinate to the Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association.

Board of Examiners - Appointed by the Director.  They are selected from the most qualified Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association Black Belts.  The Examiners (Kao Guan) and the Shizu are responsible for the certification of Association Black Belts level 2nd Duan and above and for Association leadership duties.

Duan Ranking - Available to Yellow River Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association Members only. Administered through an extensive evaluation from the Board of Examiners. Association ranking is a modern peer-based ranking system, not a traditional master/disciple method. There is no fee associated with the Duan ranking process.

Association Terms

  • 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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