Zhou-The Outer Forearm Elbow
Within Mantis Boxing exists a manuscript about the coiling elbows.
"Divide the body and attach the twelve hidden coiling elbows."
these twelve coiling elbows is one commonly seen in our mantis
school called bi zhou or outer forearm elbow. Here is a sample of
the characters from Li Kunshan's manuscript.
bio of my
shifu, Shi Zhengzhong, is a picture of him doing this technique.
Here he applies the force in a downward direction.
This was taken in the later years of my Tainan occupation by my wife
behind his house in Tainan county.
During his younger days, while studying with
Zhang Dekui, he had this picture of bi zhou taken.
In this version he performs bi zhou with a horizontal force. Note in
this one the extreme twisting of the waist. This is using bi zhou
for simultaneous striking and tripping of the opponent. It requires
clever timing as well as a strong waist.
Zhang Dekui, when performing his Luanjie form, pulled his rear hand
near his waist when doing bi zhou. Here
he is performing the technique to the left and right from his
version of Luanjie.
bi zhou to left and right like this is often called Jade Maiden
Weaves the Shuttle.
is a sample from Li Kunshan's Luanjie manuscript. Jade maiden weaves
the shuttle is an important part of the old Mantis form Luanjie. In
that form the move is followed by interconnected breaking punch.
What follows is a pictorial representation of these techniques
connected together. My shidi Yaw is the defender. It
takes a minute or two to go over these pictures, but in actual practice
it takes a moment.
Jade Maiden Weaves the Shuttle
We face off.
I hook and pluck with the right and fasten with the left. This must
jolt him in order to force him to alter his balance.
As he tries to raise his body I follow his motion with the hooking
step and outer forearm elbow. It is important to firmly secure and
pull his right hand the entire time.
He doesn't get tripped, but instead steps back with his lead foot
while raising his free left hand to defend himself.
My left hand follows his defending hand with a hook and
pluck and I fasten with my right.
Again, I follow his motion with the hooking step and outer forearm
Interconnected Breaking Punch
Once again he is able to step back and defend himself.
I pull his top hand down over his bottom hand in order to expose his
I pull with one hand and punch with the other. This is the straight
punch to the face.
Again he steps back and defends.
I pull his top hand down and punch to his chest or face. This ends
the techniques of Luanjie third road in Plum Flower Mantis Boxing
called jade maiden weaves the shuttle and interconnected breaking