螳螂拳七長八短/Tanglangquan Qi Chang Ba Duan – Tanglangquan’s Seven Long & Eight Short
七長/Qi Chang – Seven Long
Smooth Step Inviting is Chief, Shaking Step Entering Hand, Winding Sealing Double Palm, Direct Connecting Hammer, Stealing Hand Chopping Palm, Reversing Body Quick Entering, & Han Tong’s Tong Bei.
Smooth Step Inviting Hand is he extends a hand & advances a step, I take the opportunity to strike it, then he is sure to suffer my strikes, that is why it’s called Inviting. Use the Leisurely Maintains the Labor Method. Shaking Step Entering Hand is the Front Leg Swings Out, & the Rear Leg Strikes sort. The Front Hand Seals & Protects, the Rear Hand Extends Forward, Twist the Body in order to Enter.
Winding Sealing Double Palm is both hands wind around together, & both Palms directly thrust.
Direct Connecting Hammer is maybe extending & maybe inviting, both strikes lead directly to the Front & Rear Interlinking.
Stealing Hand Chopping Palm is moving the rods waking & coiling, like a bull whip whirling & turning. The rising Hand steals & the falling hand chops, alternating reverse & upright, inside & outside evenly chosen.
Reversing Body Quick Entering is showing off a pattern like Walking, Turning the Body & Returning to Take, the so-called Returning Horse Fist.
Tongbei is Han Tong Imposingly Extended, from elbow bone to thigh a single root, passing through the shoulder & used. Later generations will study it, first stretching, then bending, Diagonal Body & Straight Thrusting, that is called Tongbei.
八短/Ba Duan – Eight Short
Direct Head Punch, Leaning Body Arm Hammer, Squatting Body Shoulder Hammer, Adhereing Grabbing Chest Hammer, Both Knees & the two Elbows.
The Head Hammer & Arm Hammer are most suited to Diagonal use, it’s as if a person were doubly surrounded. Attaching, Leaning, Seizing, & Plucking, are also able to use it correctly. Raise the shoulders & straighten the chest, they all have Adhering & Grabbing within them. Entering with the elbow at any distance is appropriate, Raised Knee Leaning Body is certainly allowed.
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