Flying Catch 飛擒手

The Flying Catch (飛擒手) is one of the most simple method to lead from an initial attack and proceed to various grappling moves based on the opponent’s reaction.

The Mantis Style typically initiates an attack by threatening the eyes, an Eye Stroke (點睛). If the opponent doesn’t reaction, then they will lose their eyes and match; if they react by a parry, then you can follow with a Catch (採) to take control and perform grappling moves depends on positions and reactions. When General Qi Jiguang (戚繼光) of the Ming Dynasty said, “trying to parry or block will be punished by getting hit ten times over”, to describe the skillful performance of a master’s unarmed combat techniques in his New Treatise on Military Efficiency (《紀效新書》), this is exactly what he meant.

The Flying Catch is the combination of an Eye Stroke and a Catch in a single fluid movement.

「飛擒手」是六合螳螂拳手法中最簡單、最容易接上擒拿的初出手手法。

螳螂拳以點睛為最基本又最具威脅的攻擊方法(六合螳螂拳九十五手另有「螳螂點睛」)。如對方不作反應,那他就要被刺傷眼睛;如他以手招架,那你就可以順勢以「採」的方法控制對方的手臂和身體,根據情況使用各種擒拿技巧。這就是《紀效新書》所言「犯了招架,就是十下」的意思。

將「點睛」與「採」混合成一組無間斷的動作,這就是六合螳螂拳的「飛擒手」。

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