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  1. Absolutely agree. So, what I am saying is that...

    Absolutely agree.
    So, what I am saying is that the army of the Ming were recorded to have been taught the same Han Tong techniques alluded to in multiple instances of our family of mantis. Which is...
  2. To recap; The soldiers watched a play at least by...

    To recap; The soldiers watched a play at least by late Ming (1368-1644 ) about Han Tong 韓通 and Song Taizu 宋太祖. I have the play and translated it. Several old Mantis manuals also refer to the the...
  3. As early as the Ming dynasty (pre 1644) Han Tong...

    As early as the Ming dynasty (pre 1644) Han Tong would walk on stage and brag as follows;

    My fists have beat all of Shandong
    My flying feet and leaping punches are without peer
    Feared by heroes...
  4. If you look at any version of the old Mantis...

    If you look at any version of the old Mantis Manuscript attributed to Heaven Ascended Taost (pre Liang xuexiang) there is no form called Beng Bu or Luan Jie. And yet, it is said by Mantis masters...
  5. But how does a story prove anything about praying...

    But how does a story prove anything about praying mantis?
    The story, just literary fiction based on imagined conversations really.

    The performance of Han Tong and Zhao Kuangyin meeting is a...
  6. There are several stories surrounding the...

    There are several stories surrounding the Interaction between the first three masters of the 18 Family Tree (Taizu, Han Tong and Zheng En). The above quote tying them together comes from a very...
  7. 'Tis a forum after all

    'Tis a forum after all
  8. Nice. Placing Zheng En in context. He is third...

    Nice.

    Placing Zheng En in context. He is third on the family tree of 18 masters. 鄭恩的纏封尤妙 , Zheng En's wrapping and sealing is marvelous.

    During the mid 1760's the publication of what became a...
  9. Visiting Friends

    Thanks BT,
    Just having fun here and trying to raise the dead (not calling you a zombie)!
    OK, here are some clues. Let's see what we can prove by looking at the musty old manuscripts trying to...
  10. General Han Tong the White Ape 韓通就是白猿

    The form nicknamed Tou tao 偷桃, is Bai Yuan Tou Tao 白猿偷桃 White Ape Steals the Peach which can be traced back to Seven Star Mantis style。It comes from the technique Qi Shen Bai Yuan Tou Tao...
  11. The Real Last Move of Beng Bu 崩步原來的最後一式

    Looking over the various traditional forms I have come to the conclusion that Beng Bu is a variation of the so called "Seven Long 七長"
    The last move of the source of the Beng Bu form is the Beng chui...
  12. Off the top of my head I think you said them all....

    Off the top of my head I think you said them all.
    Oh yeah, there are some essential exercises. Mike Martello and I did a piece on that years ago and included footage of Wei Xiaotang performing.
  13. I think you were incorrectly informed. There is...

    I think you were incorrectly informed. There is also the short 2 man called Pai An.
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    Awesome vid Will! Nicest stuff posted here since...

    Awesome vid Will! Nicest stuff posted here since I can't remember.
  15. correction of Wu Bian Translation

    Good eye RenDaHai, thanks. I left a technique out of the translation which is "high pat on horse"
    So the corrected translation is:


    Longfist traveling-moves and the common striking methods of...
  16. Riding Horse Maneuver

    Riding Horse Maneuver
    Riding horse is not following step, push open and advance the right foot, though 'pass through the sleeve' can na, yet it is not as fast as 'subdue the tiger.'
    騎馬勢...
  17. Ao Step in Exposition of the Original Shaolin Staff Method

    Exposition of the Original Shaolin Staff Method (c. 1614-1621) is the fruit of ten years study under the tutelage of several monks of Shaolin near the end of the Ming dynasty. The fame of Shaolin’s...
  18. A Strange Bird-the Luan Elbow

    Illustrations of ao luan elbow and following step luan elbow.

    As Robert Hui (Mantis 108) once informed, Luan is a bird similar to the phoenix. Why name a potentially deadly elbow strike after a...
  19. Patting horse on the right side, ao step single...

    Patting horse on the right side, ao step single whip on the left


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  20. Ao Step in New Book on Effective Training Methods

    The most well known example of ao step is ‘ao step single whip’ in the Chen Family lineage of Taiji Quan and ‘brush knee ao step’ in other branches of Taiji. These families themselves attribute their...
  21. The 'au' step in the military book 'Wu Bian'

    The au step has a long history first appearing in the military manual Wu Bian (circa 1560) three times; 1. A list of Longfist techniques. 2. Explanation of a longfist technique. 3. A follow up to...
  22. Tracing Oblique Step Through History 拗不入

    Tracing Oblique Step Through History 拗不入

    The first manual of Praying Mantis Fist has a section called Seven Long. Seven Long are the techniques that define Praying Mantis techniques, or the...
  23. Raise the body white ape steals the peach. Return...

    Raise the body white ape steals the peach. Return the body fanjian kick

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  24. Looks like an exciting event, best of luck.

    Looks like an exciting event, best of luck.
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    The source of my sentence "During the Ming...

    The source of my sentence "During the Ming dynasty the martial art of the nation was called Han Tong of Muling Pass' Six Roads of Palm and Fist." Comes from a Ming era martial arts book Jiangnan...
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