Praying mantis

太极梅花螳螂拳摘要 (Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan Zhaiyao - Taiji Plum Blossom Praying Mantis Boxing)

The mantis is a long and narrow predatory insect. While heavily armored, it is not built to withstand forces from perpendicular directions. Consequently, its fighting style involves the use of whip-like/circular motions to deflect direct attacks, which it follows up with precise attacks to the opponent's vital spots. These traits have been subsumed into the Northern Praying Mantis style, under the rubric of "removing something" (blocking to create a gap) and "adding something" (rapid attack). Taiji Plum Blossom Praying Mantis Boxing is, historically, a combination of two different lineages of Northern Praying Mantis: Taiji Mantis and Plum Blossom Mantis. Northern Praying Mantis is especially known for its speed and continuous attacks. Wrist/arm techniques in particular are emphasized, as well as knee and elbow strikes.

八步连环螳螂拳 (Babu Lianhuan Tanglang Quan - Eight Step Praying Mantis Boxing)

梅花螳螂拳系长双手剑 (Meihua Tanglang Quan Xi Shuangshou Jian - Plum Blossom Praying Mantis Long Sword or Two-handed Sword)

Believed to be extinct since the Tang Dynasty. Two-handed swords can be up to 1.6 meters (65") in length and its handle could be used as a lever to lock the opponent's arm if necessary.