照面燈 Shining Lantern

照面燈手法簡單而言就是突然從中綫轉往外綫迎面一拳。六合螳螂的手法一般都是從中綫切入,少有外綫直接打擊。這是因爲梅花螳螂的外綫活動比較多,學六合之前必須熟習外綫活動,所以六合就不再重複了。這裏的照面燈有點像提醒修習者不要忘了可以在外綫活動的味道,要記得混合使用。

單從形態而言,這有點像詠春的招牌動作。不同的是螳螂拳會要求順勢移往側翼甚至在身後進行攻擊。看似是直綫的攻擊其實亦是以圓的方式運動。傳統的解釋是說當對方用腿蹩你腿的時候,你可以提腿跨過對方的腿移往外綫同時發動攻擊,但實際上你發現蹩腿再想到要用這招就已經太遲了。更好的想法是用以學習突發的内往外身法與步法,這樣攻守時候都能用到。

Simply put, the Shining Lantern is a fist to the face when you change lanes, from the inside line to the outside line, abruptly. The Six Harmonies Mantis usual cuts towards the inside line, and rarely attacks from the outside. This is because the outside line is better covered by the Plum Blossom Mantis and one has to go through the Plum Blossom before learning Six Harmonies. The Lantern here is like telling the practitioner that they should not forget that they can mix them up.

The technique looks like one of the Wing Chun’s signature moves. The difference here is that the Mantis would demand you to follow the movement and move to the opponent’s flank or even their back. It may look like an attack on a straight line, but it is actually circular in the way it moves. The traditional explanation of this move says that when your opponent tries to trap you leg with his from the outside, you can lift your leg, step over, move to the outside, and throw a punch at the same time to escape. In reality, when you discover the trap, then recall the move, and then try to escape this way, it will be too late. The better idea is to use it to practice the body movement and footwork for changing lanes. This way you can use it both offensively and defensively.

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