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Clever Leaping and the Folding Elbow

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.

Applying the Folding Elbow

Jim, 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 right strike.

I secure his block with my right hand.



I 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 takedown.




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




I 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,

Longfist is the outline of short strikes.

It is but one affair and not two principles


For more on the keywords of short strikes read Deception Within the Boxing of Shaolin and Mantis


For more on the form Iron Fist read The 400 Year Old Iron Fist



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