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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」:

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…