This DVD covers the Bai Yuan Tou Tao (a.k.a. Baag Yune Tow Toe) or “White Ape Steals the Peach” empty hand form, a popular routine in the Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu (Tang Lang Quan/Tong Long Kuen) fighting system. The White Ape Steals Peach form, usually taught as a beginning or intermediate form in most schools of Seven Star Praying Mantis, is a dynamic and powerful form characterized by flowing, powerful motions that combine hard and soft techniques.
The form was developed by Yu Hai, a famous traditional Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu practitioner. The Chinese government asked Yu Hai to create a mantis form that would become the standard Praying Mantis form for Modern Wushu. The result was the White Ape Steals the Peach form, which still maintains many traditional mantis roots, qualities, and techniques, due to Yu Hai’s many years of experience with traditional praying mantis. In this DVD, instructor Sean Daily and Carlos Lopez (both 10-year mantis practitioners) take viewers step-by-step through the form’s various techniques, footwork, and handwork, and demonstrate practical hands-on applications for each motion. Techniques are shown at multiple speeds to allow viewers to understand subtle nuances in addition to the basic motions.
DVD Features Include:
- Instruction section including thorough explanations of each motion/technique
- Applications section including hands-on 2-person demonstrations of practical applications for every technique
- Breakdown of individual motions and full rows shown at multiple speeds
- Demonstration versions of form shown at multiple speeds