Category: Core Concepts 拳法理論

八剛十二柔

「八剛十二柔」這一片語的文字記載最早見於明中葉俞大猷著的《劍經》,此著作並為戚繼光《紀效新書》所引用而廣泛流傳。俞大猷《劍經》談論的是棍法,所以要談論這概念必須先追溯俞大猷對棍法的理解與應用。俞大猷所用的説法,正式而言是「中直八剛十二柔」,中直是指棍的直殺,八剛是指棍打的八道路綫,十二柔是兩肩、兩肘、兩腕、兩胯、兩膝、兩足的柔潤運作方式。綜合起來就是透過身體各部的柔性運動,通過身體的彈性將各部位的勁度都發揮到棍稍打在八道路綫與直殺之上。

Class Note No. 4

Student kept resisting hard so the intended moves did not work, and I had to improvize instead. Since he was resisting hard, the stiffness allowed him to defend a couple moves, while at the same time created openings elsewhere. As a result, he got hit a lot, up and down, left and right.

That’s to show the essence of the combat art is not just hitting people fast and hard and with what, but the ability to contorl the flow of the action by adapting faster. This requires a way to acquire information and make timely decisions to not just take the initiative, but to take the initiative away from the opponent.

There is also no pulling back. That’s one central tenent of the Mantis Style.

 

 

Chaotic Fury 亂截

The Chaotic Fury is not a “technique”, but, rather, a concept that is ingrained in the Mantis system. I use the term “Chaotic Fury” here to better translate what the concept conveys. In Chinese, and according to different lineages, it can be called in many slightly different variations, such as “Chaotic Sever” (亂截) , “Chaotic…

Class Note No. 3

We are continuing our current theme of initial engagement then proceed to wrestling or grappling immediately.

This is a very fundamental concept to be instilled, as it helps the students understand why it is important to connect to the opponent and how to move across different measures.

If we only learn how to strike or wrestle, it would be very easy to be stuck when the opponent moves in and out of that particular measure, and you would be open for a counter. Connectivity helps us shorten our action cycle and keep the action flowing to maintain the initiative.