External styles are the most recognizable Chinese martial arts in the world. Their movements are often fast and explosive in nature. Due to this there is a focus on physical strength and agility in all of the movements. Training for these styles focus on muscular power, speed and applications.
Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu | 七星螳螂拳
There are quite a few legends surrounding the creation of the Praying Mantis Style, however, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) a consensus has been established that the Mantis Fist was first created by Master Wang Lang(王郎) at the request of Abbot Fu Ju (福居, 1203-1275) when he brought together eighteen masters to improve the martial arts of Shaolin. After the Song Dynasty fell much of the documentation was lost to the ages until a manuscript depicting the martial art styles was found in 1794. It is at this point where Master Yun can trace the history of his martial arts style that he now teaches in his studio.