Pan Zhou-The Coiled Elbow
Within Mantis Boxing exists a manuscript about the coiling elbows.
"Divide the body and attach the twelve hidden coiled elbows."
say an elbow is coiling or coiled is to say that it is bent at the
Within these twelve coiled elbows the
most commonly used is itself called the coiled elbow / pan zhou. Here is a sample of
the characters pan zhou from Li Kunshan's
eight elbows manuscript.
join Kevin(me) and Yaway after Kevin has attacked with straight
punch to the face / ying mian zhr tong.
This is the second of the traditional
eight hard techniques.
change my left strike to embrace Yaway's left block (see next
picture for another angle).
The energy of my forward charge
travels to the end of my right elbow and strikes Yaway in the ribs.
I could also strike the head, neck or knee depending on his
same strike shown from another angle. Notice how I have securely
embraced his upper arm.
have also included Yaway's defense of pan zhou. He reacts by sinking
his elbow into the strike. He has changed his poor position into a
good one by using his single sinking elbow to tie up both my hands.
gives his free hand the opportunity to strike me.
This series is an excellent example to
look at the transformations of yin and yang in combat.
My superior position, yang, of the
face strike and elbow attack are suddenly transformed to a poor
position, yin, by Yaway.
To save my skin I will have to duck or
dodge while raising my hands up.
For those who have trained the
interconnected drills of mantis boxing it will be easy to see how
this will become a two person continuous drill[