Pictured below is just a part of Kui De Tang’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century manuals & manuscripts. These are the oldest manuscripts of Seven Star Praying Mantis, and are from its founder Great Grandmaster Wang Yunsheng (1855-1927). The majority were originally written between 1892 & 1904, and contain highly detailed descriptions on the origin, forms, weapons, qigong, theory, rules & regulations of Seven Stars Praying Mantis. Before his death Great Grandmaster Wang Yunsheng passed these historical materials down to his Grandson Wang Chuanyi (1900-1971), and so the originals and copies of, were preserved and passed down by the Wang family.
Decades later, a part of these manuscripts were passed on to his son, (the founder’s great-grandson) & head disciple Wang Yanqing, and so remained in Yantai. Whilst the other part was given to his head disciple in Dalian named Chi Xueyuan. Master Chi Xueyuan had spent almost 20 years studying Seven Stars Praying Mantis under the founder’s grandson, Grandmaster Wang Chuanyi. Later, before his death Master Wang Yanqing also gave his part to Master Chi Xueyuan. Thereupon Master Chi had the entire set of Seven Stars Praying Mantis manuscripts direct from the source.
Jaime Rodriguez has spent the last decade unearthing, inheriting and translating these Qing dynasty texts from the founder’s family. Kui De Tang loyally adhere to the venerable teachings and practices described within these manuscripts.