Deng pu from Seven Star Mantis form Cha
Chui-Stick in the Fist. Huang Hanxun's book.
|Deng Pu The Smashing Step
Deng pu is one of the most
important takedowns of Mantis Boxing. This technique is used to
smash the opponent to the ground with the hands while using the
foot to dislocate them. It can also be used solely
as a strike.
Within the oldest manuscripts
of Mantis Boxing are numerous mentions of deng pu.
Deng Pu in
Kao Da Training
The first introduction to deng
pu comes early in the students training in the kao da stage of
These are the short strikes of Mantis that often involve strikes
of the elbows or takedowns. The object of the kao da training is
to develop power of the technique and learn how to resist the
technique when it is applied on you.
This is done by one
student applying the short strike technique while the other
does nothing or little to defend it. Below is the kao da method
for deng pu.
Kao da training begins with the
lower arm pound and the upper arm pound.
here Jim, on the left, grabs Justin's wrist with his front hand
and his triceps with his left hand. This type of grab is called
Once he has secured Justin's arm
and upset his balance his rear foot steps in and prepares to
apply deng pu.
Jim has applied deng
pu. His rear hand pulls to his waist while his front
hand pushes out. Justin stabilizes himself with his
forearm on his thigh.
In the old manuscripts
of Mantis Boxing it is said, Both hands
grab and apply deng pu. In this example that is exactly what
they are doing.
Deng Pu in
Hands form of Eight Step Mantis
Deng pu, as applied in the form Seven Hands explained
in the article The 7 Hands of Eight Step Mantis, follows the old
quote exactly, "Use the
following step and stealing hand to apply deng pu."
Stealing hand, or tou zhan is a
clever way of securing the opponent's hand for controlling them
in order to strike or do a takedown. In 7 Hands first apply the
right back hand. The opponent defends and my left hand steals
his right hand. This leaves my right hand free for a strike.
above deng pu method Jim entered with double seal of
Justin's right arm. In this case we seal with one hand
and strike with the other. Jim seals with the left hand
and strikes with the right.
Justin strikes and Jim seals with the left hand.
Jim applies yang zhang to
Justin's face. Notice that he keeps control of Justin's
These following techniques
take just a moment of time.
Justin defends against
Jim's back hand strike.
If Jim can maintain good
contact he will be able to apply tou zhan-stealing open.
To do this Jim will need
to use his left hand to grab Justin's left hand.
Jim has grabbed Justin's
hand and sealed off his left gate.
Watch the footwork!
Justin's left gate is sealed shut; that is where Jim
will go to apply his attack.
Jim maintains control of Justin's arm as he
steps in. This step is called the stealing
||As Jim is
rushing in his right foot comes up to develop
momentum for the application of deng pu.
Jim has entered with
deng pu. Here he controls Justin's shoulder, though he
could have hit him in the head just as easily.
In the next stages of
training the applier learns to throw the opponent and
the student being thrown or tripped learns how to roll
or fall out safely.
This means that the
students can not progress past this stage without many
hours of practicing falls and rolls.
At the next stage the
student being thrown learns the different types of
escapes and counter attacks. This is the type of
information within the forms of kung fu. Forms such as
Stick in the Fist (pictured at top) and Seven Hands
explain follow up techniques to deng pu as well as
overcoming counter attacks[