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螳螂拳十二字訣/Tanglangquan Shi’er Zi Jue – Tanglangquan’s Twelve Character Secret

勾搂采挂,

粘黏贴靠,

帮挑进崩

•勾 Gou/Hook

•搂 Lou/Drag

•采 Cai/Pluck

•挂 Gua/Hang

•粘 Zhan/Stick

•黏 Nian/Adhere

•贴 Tie/Attach

•靠 Kao/Lean

•帮 Bang/Assist

•挑 Tiao/Raise

•进 Jin/Advance

•崩 Beng/Smash


螳螂拳八剛十二柔法/Tanglangquan Ba Gang Shi’er Yao Fa – Tanglangquan’s Eight Hard & Twelve Soft Method

八剛法/Ba Gang Fa – Eight Hard Methods

太山壓頂 Mount Tai Crushes the Head
迎面直統 Head on Straight Thrust
順步雙掌 Smooth Step Double Palm
疊肘硬供 Folding Elbow Hard Supplying
貼門靠壁 Attach to the Door & Bump the Wall
硬崩低伏 Hard Smash & Subdue from Below
左右雙棍 Left & Right Double Clubbing
捽捋兩分 Seize & Brush Both Separate

十二柔法/Shi’er Yao Fa – Twelve Soft Methods

見剛而囘手

When perceiving rigidity then use “Returning Hand.”

入手而偷手

First use “Entering Hand,” then use “Stealing Hand.”

截手而滚手

First use “Intercepting Hand,” then use “Rolling Hand.”

棍手而漏手

First use “Clubbing Hand,” then use “Leaking Hand.”

直统而勾手

Meet a straight strike then use “Hooking Hand.”

采手而入手

First use “Plucking Hand,” then use “Entering Hand.”

搂手而进手

First use “Dragging Hand,” then use “Advancing Hand.”

磕手而入手

First use “Knocking Hand,” then use “Entering Hand.”

撲手而入手

First use “Pouncing Hand,” then use “Entering Hand.”

挑手而入手

First use “Raising Hand,” then use “Entering Hand.”

开手而叠手

First use “Opening Hand,” then use “Folding Hand.”

粘手而破手

First use “Adhering Hand,” then use “Breaking Hand.”

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螳螂十八宗歌/Tanglangquan Shi Ba Zi Jue – Tanglangquan’s Eighteen Elders Song

太祖的長拳起首、

Tai Zu’s “Long Boxing,” is the first

韓通的通背為母,

Han Tong’s “Connected Back,” is the mother

鄭恩的纏封尤妙、

Zheng En’s “Winding & Sealing,” is especially clever

溫元的短拳更奇,

Wen Yuan’s “Short Boxing,” is even more unusual

馬籍的短打最奇、

Ma Ji’s “Short Striking,” is most unusual

孫垣的猴拳且盛,

Sun Yuan’s “Monkey Boxing,” is magnificent

黃粘的靠身難近、

Huang You’s “Leaning Body,” is difficult to be near

綿盛的面掌飛疾,

Mian Shen’s “Face Palm,” flies quickly

金相的磕手通拳、

Jin Xiang’s “Knocking Hand Connecting Strike,”

懷德的摔捋硬崩,

Huai De’s “Throwing, Brushing, & Hard Collapsing,”

劉興的抅摟採手、

Liu Xing’s “Hook, Grab, & Pluck Hands,”

譚方的滾漏貫耳,

Tan Fang’s “Rolling, Leaking, & Threading the Ear,”

燕青的沾拿跌法、

Yan Qing’s “Sticking, Controlling, & Folding Method,”

林沖的鴛鴦腳強,

Lin Chong’s “Mandarin Duck Kicks,” are supreme

孟甦的七勢連拳、

Meng Su’s “Seven Patterns Linked Boxing,”

崔連的窩裡剖捶,

Cui Lian’s “Body Cavity Pounding Hammers,”

楊滾的棍採直入、

Yang Kun’s “Clubbing, Plucking, & Straight Entering,”

王朗的螳螂總敵。

Wang Lang’s “Praying Mantis,” never submits.


短打緊要/Duan Da Jin Yao – Short Strike Essentials

進退虛實, 躥跳出入

Advance, Retreat, Empty, Solid,

Leap, Jump, Exit, Enter

閃轉騰挪, 開合收閉

Dodge, Turn, Leap, Shift,

Open, Close, Take, Shut

長短起落, 剛柔硬軟

Long, Short, Rise, Fall,

Rigid, Flexible, Hard, Fluid

各有所長, 慎勿疏忽

Each one has its place, be careful not to neglect them.

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