Category: Plum Blossom 梅花

崩步 Avalanche



張熙政1 傳統的「七長八短」 陳雲濤在《螳螂拳略論中》説道:「通背拳為七長之拳,而螳螂拳則七長八短,長短俱備,八剛十二柔,剛柔相濟,為短打之絕妙好拳」2。馬漢清在〈淺談螳螂拳的七長八短、八剛十二柔〉中提出長拳短打並不能計量區分,「七長八短」也無法精確說明,所以有「長拳即短打,短打即是長拳」之說,然後他再具體説明何謂「七長八短」3。 所謂的「七長」:

Strikes and Takedowns

The main points here are improvisation and connectivity. Since we don’t go into a fight knowing how the opponent is going to react, we can’t have a predetermined method of approach and a set way to end the fight.

The method is to engage the opponent with credible threats, so he is forced to react to your actions; thereby giving you the initiative and a quicker route to get inside his decision/action loop. You don’t have to be really fast, just a bit faster than his cycles would be enough. This is how you dictate the terms to him. What you do depends entirely on what the opponent is giving you.

Pick-Melon 摘瓜

The technique Zhāi Guā (摘瓜) literally means plucking a melon from the ground, with the melon being the opponent’s head. This is an interesting move not because it is particularly effective, which it is, but for the clever ways of guiding away the opponent’s guard and arriving at the position to with body movement. The trick…