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The Double Sealing of the Mantis

Shifu Shi Zhengzhong is shown here performing mantis double seals. Of the double sealing of mantis there are several varieties. This one includes a twist of the body. The feet are on one line while the hands are on another line.

From studying with Zhang Dekui of Mimen Mantis.


Wei Xiaotang of Eight Step Mantis

Master Wei performs double seal of mantis at the end of his first zhai yao form.

Eight Step Mantis keeps the hands spread far apart for this move.


Double Seal in Plum Flower Road

Another variation of this move is called mantis double seals down. The difference in name is with the addition of the character 'xia' or 'down' after the four characters 'tang lang shuang feng' - 'mantis double seals.' This version of double sealing is found in several forms of the Plum Flower School of Mantis Boxing such as the well known form Plum Flower Road.

Kevin Brazier performs mantis double seals down. To get here you start facing the other way then leap high into the air turning as you land. tang lang shuang feng xia
On the right is Li Kunshan's calligraphy from his Plum Flower Road manuscript.

This move is named after the mantis, but to see it you might think that it is the movement of the leaping monkey. It has been said that the footwork of mantis boxing is patterned after the monkey and this movement is an excellent example of that. The grasping method of this move is strictly that of the mantis.

The jump of this move starts from the outer gate of the opponent and crosses directly across his center line for the purpose of upsetting his balance and causing him to topple.


Mantis double seals down is a single leap applied the moment the opponent enters our gate, but we have broken them down step by step to show the grab and angles of the jump.

Kevin Topples Paul

Paul applies the yang zhang to my neck.



As he comes in I first secure his wrist with my right hand followed by controlling his elbow with my right hand or forearm.

In this jump the right leg comes up first.


In practice once one leg comes up and I leap so that both feet come down as in the following picture below. To show angles clearly I have added this picture to show the angle and location of where the jump is headed. Notice how I am now standing in front of him.


I land in front of him in the minor hill climbing stance.


I can either land close to him or far away from him. In this picture I have landed so far away that he topples.


From the first to the last picture this sequence is done as a single leap.

From Double Seal to Left Seal

Double seal is an excellent way to gain control of your opponent so that you can perform other moves of attack on him. In Plum Flower Road the following attacking move is called left seal right outer forearm elbow. Striking with the outside of the forearm is called bi zhou.

Left Seal Right Bi Zhou


Kevin Brazier performs left seal right outer forearm elbow. zuo feng you bi zhou

The calligraphy from the following move as written by Li Kunshan is shown at right.

Shifu teaches left seal right bi zhou while in Brazil.

Within the Peng Lai school this posture is also used for training the minor hill climbing stance in the routine ba da ma bu-eight great horse stances.

Applying the Right Forearm

Landing close to Paul. I step behind him with my left leg and strike forward with my left hand to his eyes. In the photo he has blocked his face and I grab and pull his hand.

My right hand no longer needs to control him and it is free to strike the groin. Proper application of this technique makes it easier to finish off the opponent.

Although Paul is in a tangle it is easy for him to step out and counter attack. That suits Plum Flower Road just fine.

The above moves work to strike and topple him with my left knee and leg. That is the way Mantis Boxing works. If one side doesn't work the attack naturally moves to the other side. Left, right, high or low[

For more on bi zhou review my article   

Bi Zhou-The Outer Forearm Elbow

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