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Mantis Captures the Cicada


When a mantis sees a cicada and wants to capture it,

The mantis will grab the cicada,

Roll about,

strike and push,

Suddenly attacking and suddenly retreating,

Cautiously looking forward and backward,

Forcefully raising the arms and striking agilely,

Like a swift clap of thunder leaving no time to cover the ears.


When you can do this, you have mastered the Mantis style.

It must be perceived though experience, not descriptions.

April Pan has written out the ancient description of the Mantis as it was recorded in both the manuscript on Mantis Boxing known as 9981 as well as Plum Flower Mantis Boxing master Cui Shoushan's section on Mantis applications!

9981 Appears in several ancient manuscripts including the well known Sheng Shao Dao Ren's manuscript on Mantis Boxing.

Calligraphy measures 14'x27'. Excellent for framing in your school or training hall. A conversation piece where you can start the topic of what makes Mantis Boxing so unique.

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Shipping Details

Shipped to you in a sturdy reinforced cardboard tube.

The rice paper is delicate and we recommend that you have your artwork framed at a local art shop or frame shop.

Due to fragile nature of the artwork there are no returns unless your artwork arrives to you damaged.


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Disciplined Spontaneity

Disciplined! ...yet fluid and spontaneous, improvised at the moment of writing the frame of mind of the artist is a disciplined spontaneity.

Rhythm, Momentum and Mental Expression

The magic of calligraphy is that it transforms your soul! To do this you must train yourself to become attuned to the artwork. You tune yourself into the artwork by observing with a quiet and calm mind. Your mind and heart will match the rhythm, momentum and mental expression of the artist. This is what makes Chinese brushwork such a valuable art form in Asia. The ability of an artist to create artwork that transforms and transports the soul and spirit of the tranquil heart!

Zen of calligraphy

Rhythm, momentum and mental expression is what calligraphy requires of the artist. When the viewer appreciates a masterpiece of calligraphy the viewer puts themselves on the same wavelength as the artist. The viewer simply observes with an empty and tranquil mind. This is the Zen of calligraphy.

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