Northern Mantis Bo form

Apologies to those BJJ-only folks who have not yet expired from boredom…. I hope to have some actual BJJ to blog about tomorrow.

+Northern Mantis Bo form

Begin standing straight, looking left, bo horizontal at left knee, right hand over heart

Step rt foot out into horse, bring bo out from leg slightly, Rt hand Mantis hook sweeps down and out to almost horizontal

Cat stance left toe in front, torso facing west. Rt hand warding at forehead, palm out

Both hands grasp dao, shift into hill-climbing stance (left foot in front), low horiz block to high horiz block.

Bring bo back to low horiz position, Step rt foot into hc stance, low horiz. bo strike to the rt

Step left foot into hc stance, lo horiz bo strike to left

Step rt foot into hc stance, high horiz bo strike to rt

Step left foot into hc stance, high horiz bo strike to left

Bring bo in front vertically, top end tipped slightly to the left and back. and bottom end almost to ground. Rt foot snap kick, let foot fall into rt hc stance and push bo out slightly to block/strike.

Turn 180 degrees, now you are facing east in a left hc stance. Bring bottom end of bo up and over as you turn, do overhead smash- now you are holding it horizontally at hip level on your left side.

Step fwd with rt foot into hc stance, bring rear end of bo up and over in overhead smash to end horizontal at hip level on the right side.

Plant front end of bo almost to ground outside of left foot, it is now held vertically in front with the top end tipped slightly rt. Snap kick left foot.

Touch left foot back down just long enough to do a big backward skip, ending in a very low back stance with left leg straight in front. Bottom end of bo circles up and over to strike downward in front of you.

Stand back up into hc stance (left foot in front), bo held vertically with top end tipped slightly rt and back. Push bo outward slightly in block/strike.

Scoop bottom bo end back and then up to top vertical (tipped sl left) as you lift rt knee and step slightly out into a rt hc stance. Push bo out in strike/block

Scoop bottom bo end back and then up to top vertical (tipped sl rt) as you lift left knee and step slightly out into a lft hc stance. Push bo out in strike/block

Turn to a west-facing horse. Bottom end of bo comes up and over to strike down in a horizontal overhead smash to the rt at waist level.

Pull left hand and far tip of bo in to strike in a horiz strike to the front with the opposite end. The bo is now in front of your hip.

Turn to the left in a north-facing hc stance. Bring the far tip of the bo up and over to strike down in a horiz overhead smash north at waist level.

Pull rt hand and far tip of bo in to strike horiz to the front with the opposite end. The bo is now in front of your hip.

Step left foot west to hc stance, lift far end of bo curving front, up and then down to stab at ground just outside of left foot. Top end of bo angled slightly right and back.

Loop bottom end of bo in a violent small circle ankle-to-knee to the left as you settle into north-facing horse with bo horiz at waist level

Cross rt foot behind left in a scissor as you stab the left end of the bo in an upward diagonal.

Switch grip of left hand from overhand to underhand.

Step rt foot back out into a hc stance, left leg straight and weight on rt, as you slam the far end of the bo almost to the ground.

Step rt foot west in hc stance, swing bo horiz to strike left waist level. Far end pointing forward.

Step left foot fwd in hc stance, swing bo horiz to strike rt waist level. Far end pointing forward.

DO NOT STEP, swing bo up to strike brow level left. Far end pointing forward.

Step rt foot fwd into hc stance, swing bo horiz to strike brow level rt. Far end pointing fwd.

Step lft foot fwd into hc stance, swing bo horiz to strike brow level left. Far end pointing fwd.

Dip front end of bo fwd, down, and around, then spin a second time, to end parallel with body behind rt arm, held in rt hand. Straight punch left arm at chest level.

Grasp bo with left hand at hip (both hands are now on the bo), circle lower end up, rt and around as you step with rt foot to turn south into a horse. Bo ends up horizontal at hip level.

Big skip to your left (east) to land in an hc stance rt foot in front, facing west. The end of the bo to the west makes a BIG counterclockwise circle, then stabs diagonally upward.

Turn 180 degrees to face east, hc stance with left foot fwd. Bo comes up and over in an overhead smash to end horiz at waist level, at left hip, tip pointing forward.

Step rt foot fwd to a hc stance, back end of bo comes up and over in a horiz overhead smash.

Step lft foot fwd into a hc stance, back end of bo comes up and over in a horiz overhead smash.

Dip front end of bo fwd, down, and around, then spin a second time, to end parallel with body behind rt arm, held in rt hand. Straight punch left arm at chest level.

Grasp bo with left hand at hip (both hands are now on the bo), circle lower end up, rt and around as you step with rt foot to turn north into a horse. Bo ends up horizontal at hip level.

Big skip to your left (west) to land in an hc stance rt foot in front, facing east. The end of the bo to the east makes a BIG counterclockwise circle, then stabs diagonally upward.

Dip the far end of the bo down to the ground, circle it to the right and then up and over to end held in the rt hand only, vertical behind your arm. Weight shifts to left foot as bo comes forward, then back to rt foot as bo goes behind arm and do a straight punch left hand chest level. End facing north, hc stance with left leg straight.

left hand grabs bo at hip (now both hands are on the bo), pulls low end to high as you straighten up and put feet together. Bo is now vertical in front of you, left of your centerline. Left hand is on top and elbow is out.

Salute: top end of bo dips forward and down in one complete spin and you switch bo to vertical behind your right arm. Left arm at chest, blade hand, thumb inward. Slight bow.

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