Mantis Captures the Cicada
When a mantis
sees a cicada and wants to capture it,
The mantis will
grab the cicada,
attacking and suddenly retreating,
looking forward and backward,
raising the arms and striking agilely,
Like a swift
clap of thunder leaving no time to cover the
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
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.
Want to wear it
Shipped to you in a sturdy reinforced
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.
fluid and spontaneous, improvised at the moment
of writing the frame of mind of the artist is a
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
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.