Powerful Southern Mantis Kung Fu Forms
There are but a few fighting forms in this style of mantis, such
as Dang Jong, Sheong Jong, Fatsow, Sang Jing Yul Kew, Say Moon Ba
Qua and Ba Moon San Sow.
They involve the incorporation of the main stance Ding Ba Ma with
Sang Sow set movements numbering approximately 36, and comprehensive
combinations of kicks.
The stance is designed so as to distribute
bodyweight evenly between both legs so that the point of balance
is stably positioned in the middle of the stance. This in turn allows
for the possibility of shifting the body in any direction, allowing
for both defensive and offensive postures.
In this style of Southern mantis kung fu, kicks are used in conjunction
with arm movements so that the opponent is exposed to simultaneous
attacks from both arms and legs. Or if need be the practitioner
can defend and attack at the same time, blocking upper region
and striking at the opponent's vulnerable lower regions. Emphasis
is placed on the use of the low kicks which are most effective
least likely to place the practitioner in a vulnerable position.
The set movements of Bamboo Forest Mantis Kung Fu, make use of
short and long range strikes using both combined and single hand
techniques. The combination of all these factors produce a system
of Kung Fu whose applications can effectively be applied to today's
street fighting situations.