Home  /   Shop   /   Articles Video  /  Classes  /  Our Masters

Fanche of the Middle Road

Which fist of Mantis Boxing has the power to break through walls and smash down doors? According to students descended from Jiang Hualong the technique called fanche is just such a move. Li Kunshan titles his fanche theory "Hard Collapsing solid Smashing." Other descendants of Jiang Hualong simply called it by its first sentence 'Fanche of the Central Road.'

 

Hard Collapsing Solid Smashing Fist

Fanche of the central road

Its beginning and ending are undefined

It doesn't rely on blocking

It doesn't rely on joint manipulations

It doesn't rely on pasting and leaning

It doesn't rely on counter strikes

It has no concern for doors

If there is a door go straight in

If there is no door break through the wall

A purely hard technique devoid of softness

 

"Fan" means "to overturn" and "che" means "a cart." Taken together the word fanche implies that it "overturns a horse drawn cart." Fanche can also mean "a waterwheel" and would imply that the hands spin around like a waterwheel being pushed by a fast flowing river. But the description we find in old mantis boxing manuals is most descriptive;


As for the word che; it is a cart's wheel ever turning.
As for the word lulu; it is like a windlass flowing endlessly.
To speak of both fanche and lulu; the single hand is lu and both hands make a wheel.
A cart is like lulu. Adding the "fan" character means to turn this way and return that way, falling without end.

 

More than any other form of Mantis Boxing Zhong Lu Fanche contains the idea of "falling without end."

 

 

Jiang Hualong learns Fanche

 

The story goes that Jiang Hualong (1855-1924) befriended Li Danbai (uncle to Li Kunshan) and learned the fanche moves from him. What form Jiang Hualong learned we can not say, but Jiang Hualong did  pass down a form called Zhong Lu Fanche, a form of over fifty falling fanche chops! You can say that this form combines fanche techniques with fanche techniques.

 

Zhong Lu Fanche comes from an era when masters trained fewer techniques but more repetitions. After several generations the original Zhong Lu Fanche came to be practiced less and less while its offspring such as Xiao Fan Che, Plum Flower Road and Third Road of Essentials, forms of fewer fanche moves, came to be practiced more and more.

 

Master Cui's Favorite Form

 

Before my July 2011 trip to Shandong I spoke to Zhou Zhendong by phone and politely asked if there was a chance I could learn Zhong Lu Fanche. To my great joy he happily agreed. While training with him in Shandong he told me that his grand teacher Cui Shoushan called Zhong Lu Fanche his favorite form.

 

 

 

 

 

Cui Shoushan performs Belly cavity punch from Zhong Lu Fanche

 

Zhong Lu Fanche consists of all the types of chops and combinations of lulu. The form has both striking from the top as well as attacking from the bottom. The fanche techniques come in combos of three, five, and six hands. Fanche can advance left and right or it can leap through the air straight ahead. It invokes the idea of a great war horse and contains four types of horse techniques. One of those techniques, "Running horse fanche," is the name given to the move where you run and leap as you perform fanche, though it looks long range, in application you are holding the opponent with one hand as they retreat and chopping their neck with your other hand. After chopping from the top the hands suddenly reverse to strike at the belly or heart cavity.

 

Postures of Zhong Lu Fanche

 

The form specializes in running feet and swinging arms, but you still must have focal points between all this running and swinging. These focal points of the form, the stationary postures, train the student to root themselves to the ground. Below is the beginning of the form containing the most important of the fanche moves.

Six hands running horse fanche

Horse riding belly cavity punch

 

Three hands fanche to left and right

Five hands fanche to left and right

After the series of fanche techniques has traveled its first four roads it displays a foot uprooting posture before moving on with the next several roads of fanche techniques.

Knife Break uprooting (kick). The returning horse lifts (the reins)

 

 

The complete first page of Middle Road Fanche.

 

Fanche's repetitive training method is a window into the past idea of how just a small number of techniques were practiced

 

More on Fanche Leaping Fist of Fanche

 

More Articles

I welcome your comments, please visit my feedback page

Article quick links

The Immortal and the Blackwhirlwind

The Challenge of Master Cui

Taste the Air

The Heavenly Taoist's Praying Mantis Strikes

Why All Kids MUST learn Martial Arts

My First Taiji Tournament

A Barbarian Splits Wood

The Tiger Swallow Flies to Brasil

Little Four Hands

Zhong Lu Fan Che

My Trip to Shandong

First Rule of Pugilism

Mind Posture-Body Posture

The Magic of Tai Chi

Secret Spear of Shaolin

FIst of Luohan

Iron Door Bolt

Tyrant Pulls the Bow

Invitation to Brasil

The Golden Hook Hangs the Jade Vase

Pluck the Star Exchange the Moon

Intuition through the Kick of Zhong Ji Fist

Two Thousand Years of Mantis Warriors

Kung Fu Fit for an Army

Stealing a Horse

Entering the Sea of Awareness

Jing Ke the Undercover assassin

One Step Three Punches

Double Palm Strike of Mantis Boxing

General Yu and the Escaping Pirates

Tai Mountain Crushes the Top

The Barbarian Surrendering Maneuver

The Yin Yang Hook of Plum Flower Mantis

Long Punches and Short Elbows of Iron Fist

Weituo Offers his Vajra

The Mandarin Duck Kick

Dig Out the Cave

Hide the Peach Under the Leaf

Dangerous Flowers of Double Saber

Deng Pu the Smashing Step

The Cleaving Staff Method

 

Leaking From the Bottom

Tyrant Takes the Helmet

The 7 Hands of 8 Step Mantis

Mantis Hands Topple the Earth

No Block No Defense

Hooked Step of Mantis Boxing

Opposing 10,000 Men

Wang Lang and his Pair of Swords

Sweeping Away the Rebels

Kicks Of Peng Lai

The Double Sealing of the Mantis

Defeating the Legs

The Shaking Step of Mantis

A Weekend in Tennessee

Shaolin Eighteen Movement Stick

Clever Leaping and the Folding Elbow

The Luan Elbow of Shaolin Luohan

The 400 Year Old Iron Fist

Seizing the Opportunity

Sparrow Brushes the Water

The Waist Chop of Mantis Boxing

The Revolving Wheel of Water and Fire

The Rising and Falling of the Mantis Fist

Pan Zhou-The Coiled Elbow

The Method of Stick Fighting

Bi Zhou-The Outer Forearm Elbow

Young Master Luan Opens A School

Hard Can Defeat Soft

Deception Within the Boxing of Shaolin and Mantis

Tampa Kungfu.com

7010 Sheldon Rd Tampa Fl 33615

 

Calligraphy

April Brazier Calligraphy

 

DVD

Scene from the DVD
 

Jade

Home  /   Shop   /   Articles Video  /  Classes  /  Our Masters

 

All Contents Copyright 2006-2012 www.plumflowermantisboxing.com 

Kevin Brazier 7010 Sheldon Rd. Tampa Florida 33615

The contents of this page may not be reproduced, republished or mirrored in whole or in part without the express written consent of Kevin Brazier. Please write to kevinbrazier@yahoo.com for details.