Practitioners emulate the Mantis fighting posture by extending their hands forward, with the elbows slightly bent and tucked in close to protect the centerline–like the insect. The feet are separated slightly wider than shoulders’ width apart with the lead leg supporting most of the weight, while the slightly curved rear leg acts as strut.
A single movement of the arm may contain several actions. Tactical operations of the hand include grappling, catching, holding, capturing, clasping with the forearms, slicing strikes with the knuckles, pressing with the elbow, sudden quick pushing with both hands, spearing with extended fingers, flicking of the hands in quick jabs, exploding fingers from the fists, jerking the arms, slicing and chopping with the edge of the palms, hooking and deflecting hands, elbow strokes, claw-like raking actions, and poking with the backs of the hands. Many of the movements are simultaneously defensive and offensive. The feet, ankles, knees, and hips may mirror the hand movements.
The renowned late Chu Gar Mantis teacher Cheng Wan was a kungfu cultural icon in Hong Kong until his passing at age 81 in 2009. Today we carry forward his heritage for another generation so that the future may see the efforts of his sixty year legacy bear fruit worldwide. Join us in the Chu Gar Mantis Cheng Wan Martial Art Association Hong Kong, and do your part to learn, preserve and promote this rare Chinese Boxing style! Enjoy a few hours of reading and study on this website now.
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