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Mantis Movement

Basic Terms Used In the Practice of 7 Star Mantis

This is a running list that will change often. This name or mostly from Cantonese China language, the Mandarin names may come in time. Please also note that not all the possible versions of these terms are listed. If anyone would like to help with this list please contact us at : 7star@sprynet.com.

REFERENCE: Chinese transliteration follows Huang, Cantonese Dictionary; Yale, 1970

  • AOU: hook
  • BA: tyrannical
  • BAI: close or to shut, as into close a door.
  • BAAI: swing motion side to side (horizontally) As in swinging lotus kicking or outside crescent kick.
  • BAAHK: white
  • BANG or bong: king
  • BEI:
  • BIN: whip
  • BING or peng: chop
  • BIU:
  • BONG: back chopping
  • BOU: helping
  • BOUH: supplementary
  • CHAAI: stamping/crushing
  • CHAAG:
  • CHAAP: thrusting
  • CHAN: wrap
  • CHAN: Contact.
  • CHAT: seven
  • CHAU: crush
  • CHE: diagonal
  • CHEK: foot or ruler (?)
  • CHENG: ?????????? as in Cheng Haak
  • CHEUI: pluck, pick, take.
  • CHI: wing
  • CHIHN: tie up
  • CHIT: cutting
  • CHIU: trip someone with your leg by going under their leg
  • CHOIH: fist, closed hand strike, known as a punch, with position indicated.
  • CHUAN: circle
  • CHYUN: penetrating
  • DIPHP: folding
  • DA: striking
  • DAAN: single
  • DAI: lower
  • DANG: point or peak
  • DEU:
  • DIU: hanging or suspended on from above. Used in hanging horse stance or cat stance
  • DIU: wicked
  • DUHK:
  • FAAT: method
  • FAN: flutter
  • FAAN: reverse
  • FEI: flying
  • FENG: grasp
  • FU: tiger
  • FUHNG:
  • FUNG or LAU: embrace or seal
  • FUNG: wind as in: syuhn fung
  • GONG:
  • GUNG: bow
  • GWA or kwa: pulling up also the action of a object hanging from a fixed point. The blocking of the arm is usually upward.
  • HA: down or under
  • HAU: rear
  • HOI: seas
  • HYUN: round house
  • JAM: needle
  • JAAU: claw
  • JAAT: crushing
  • JAAHNG: elbow
  • JAAM: cutting; as in gloss slash. A large move: found in YIU JAAM
  • JEET: intercepting
  • JEUNG: palm open hand strike. Can be inside or outside of open hand.
  • JIH: pattern
  • JIN: intercepting as in: JIN SAU
  • JIN: spread as in: BAAHK NGAUN JIN CHI (WHITE GOOSE SPREADS WINGS)
  • JIT: Incepting
  • JONG: bouncing
  • JUNG: middle
  • JYUN: drilling
  • KAO: lean
  • KYUHN:
  • LAAN: lazy
  • LAAP:
  • LAU: slip
  • LAU: cover or grapple
  • LIHN: continuous
  • LIU: irritate
  • LOU: grab and hold your opponents arm usually with two hands. One hand would hold the lower arm and the other would hold the upper arm.
  • LU: strike
  • LUHNG: dragon
  • MAH: square horse
  • MUI FAI: plum blossom
  • MUHN: door
  • NAU:
  • NGAM: pressing [LKW]
  • NGAAN: eyes
  • NGAUN: goose
  • NGOH: hungry
  • NIEN: cling
  • OU: hook or grab as in grabbing someones arm with your hand
  • PAAU:
  • PEK: chop as Pek Choih where blocking hand comes down in a chopping punch, using inside ridge on hand.
  • PIHNG: level
  • PIN: slice as in Pin Teui, an inside crescent kick .
  • POK: pounce
  • PONG: topple
  • PU: supplement
  • SAH: divine
  • SAI: power forcing
  • SAAM: three
  • SAHP: cross
  • SAM: heart
  • SAN: stretch, reach, extend
  • SAN: jump
  • SAT: knee
  • SAU: hand
  • SEUNG: double
  • SEUNG YAU: Move forward
  • SHAN: dodge
  • SHIN-PI: powerful chop
  • SI: silk
  • SIHK:
  • SIK: stance, posture
  • SIM: dodge/flash as in: HAU SIM BOUH
  • SOU: swiping
  • SYUHN: swirling
  • SYUHN FUNG: tornado (literally: swirling wind)
  • TAAM: explores
  • TAI: raise
  • TAN: spring
  • TAU: stealing
  • TAUH: passing the head, as in GWA TAUH FAAT, which is the monkey move where one passes ones left hand, clock wise, over and around ones head as sort of block
  • TENG-NUO: bounce
  • TEUI: leg
  • TI: hang
  • TIN: sky
  • TIAO: intercept. This is one of the mantis hand claws positions.
  • TIEH: tag
  • TING:
  • TIU: jump
  • TIU: brushing
  • TO: pull off or cast off
  • TOH: caving
  • TOHNG: ground laying as in ground fighting
  • TOU: filch
  • TSAI: press upon
  • TSO: dent.
  • TSU: seize
  • TUNG: straight forward [L.K.W.]
  • TUNG: gathering
  • WAAN: ring
  • WAANG: traverse
  • WAHN:
  • WOH: belly
  • WOHNG: king
  • WONG: yellow
  • WUIH: retreat
  • YAHT:
  • YAM: groin
  • YAM: positive
  • YAN: chop
  • YUI: waist motion
  • YUNH: ape