Part one of the video course on bunkai discusses how the original intent of the inside middle block was probably intended as an arm break. However, after it was sanitized to make Karate more acceptable for school children, it evolved to a block against a punch.
This got me to thinking about a core Mantis technique: The Mantis hook-hand which is used to snatch an arm. One of the drills that we practiced to death was a snatch that was followed by an arm break which is similar to what Wildish describes. Here’s a few relevant videos:
A lot of Mantis techniques flow from the initial catch. One of my favorite things about Mantis was the head control. Incidentially the following can also be a throw.
Finally, my other favorite thing about Mantis were all the trips. Again, here’s another example that flows from that intial arm snag:
Incidentally, there’s not many Mantis videos on YouTube. However, those of you wanting a taste of insect might want to check out this play list.
(This article was originally posted on Feb 7, 2011 at http://strikingthoughts.wordpress.com.)