Leaping and the
Like the agile monkey the footwork of Mantis Boxing is full of
deceptive leaps and turns of the body. The large scale movements of
rushing and leaping are known by all practitioners as a common
characteristic of Longfist and not usually considered a part of the
short strikes method within Mantis Boxing.
Yet leaping and turning along with
dodging and deceiving are part of the keywords of short strikes.
But how do short strike attacks
such as elbows combine with leaping and turning? One answer can be
found in the form Iron Fist taught by Li Kunshan. The leap is
applied after firmly hooking the opponents' hand. Pull high to the
left and strike low to the right.
The move itself is called left
seal right folding elbow. It requires a speedy leap with both
legs coming up together and landing simultaneously.
It applies the elbow to the
opponents back or rear floating ribs or kidney and ends with a
strike to the groin, the final move of the form.
on the right, faces off against me. We have already connected hands
at this point. My left hand seals his right while he has blocked my
secure his block with my right hand.
slide my left hand under his triceps and
lean into him with a twist of the waist.
My left foot sweeps to the right as
my left arm pulls him to the right.
Jim lifts his leg and escapes the
Using my momentum I step outside
while keeping a solid grip on his arm.
I suddenly leap into the air as I
quickly spin to
the right(not pictured).
Both feet land simultaneously as I
drive my elbow into his back
finish with the groin strike, the final move of the form.
This example shows that short strikes
and longfist are inseparably intertwined and so it is said that,
Short strikes are the details of
Longfist is the outline of short
It is but one affair and not two
For more on the keywords of short
Deception Within the Boxing of Shaolin and Mantis
For more on the form Iron Fist read
The 400 Year Old