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The Yin Yang Hook of Plum Flower Mantis

The hands of Mantis Fist move around in an interconnected fashion called fanche lulu. Mantis striking is made up of striking with the forearms and elbows, grabbing the opponent and hitting with feet and knees. The unique characteristic of Mantis Fist are the ways it grabs and controls the opponent.


Fanche lulu interconnects with the hands of collapsing, smashing, adhering and grasping along with the maneuvers of pasting and leaning. Adding the fists and elbows as well as applying the knees and feet constitutes mantis striking.

Wang SongtingThe form 'Tang Lang Shou-Praying Mantis Hands,' taught in Taiwan by Wang Songting (1893-1964) has an excellent example of applying the chopping cleave to control the arms and follow up with strikes of the knee. It works by using the method known as 'yin yang double hook.' It is a type of plucking hand that you use to pull the opponent's arm.


Grand Ultimate Diagram

'Tai Ji Tu-Grand Ultimate Diagram'Yin yang double hook is a type of grab more common in Plum Flower Mantis Fist. 'Yin yang' describes the direction of the hands. In the picture at right, known as 'tai ji tu' or, 'grand ultimate diagram,' yang is the white. Yang describes that part of the body exposed to sunshine, in this case the back of the hand. Yin is that which is hidden from light, which is the inside of your hand. So, 'yin yang double hook' means that one palm faces up and one palm faces down.

Mantis Hands Solo Form

Elen drops her weight to the ground as the right palm cleaves.

Elen reaches forward with the raising hand. In the old form 'Luan Jie' this raising of the arm is called 'raising the grand ultimate.'  
The left knee comes forward as Elen throws her hooked hands behind her. She steps back and throws the hands in front in the closing hands position. Plum Flower Mantis Fist tilts the head to the side in a defensive posture when performing this move.

Applying the Chop and Yin Yang Double Hook

Basilio throws a chopping strike to Elen's neck.





Elen blocks the strike and seals his hand. To seal is to push the opponent's hand to his body. Elen strikes with a right palm to Basilio's ear. Basilio blocks the strike.


Elen grabs the block. Elen's left hand grabs Basilio's arm from underneath. Notice that one palm faces up and one faces down. This is the 'yin yang double hook.'







Elen swings Basilio's arm to her left side.

  As she swings her arm she throws her knee into Basilio's chest.

Elen's block and strike moves like fanche, her yin yang double hook moves like lulu. Combine that with the grab of mantis and knee strike and you have a text book definition of mantis striking

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