Trapping Hands


Iron Mantis trapping hands comes from “Kung Fu” which literally refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. The Iron Mantis system includes forms that drill ancient martial arts techniques and principles, strength building and controlled sparring with trapping hands to develop good structure and learn self-defense techniques.

I have taught martial arts for over 20 years and have a deep love and appreciation for Kung Fu.  Iron Mantis has it all:  effective self-defense techniques, ancient forms and traditional weapons.

kungfu2Sticky hands aka chi sau, and trapping hands is a way of learning self-defense, but at a very slow and safe pace.  As you improve, you speed  up the drills.  Trapping hands allows you to integrate ancient kung fu principles – like yielding to your opponent attacks, sticking, hooking, grabbing and various kicking techniques.  This is a great way to learn sensitivity and “reading” your opponents intentions.  All the striking skills like jab, cross, hook, and uppercut are incorporated. All the kicking skills and techniques like front kick, side, roundhouse, hook and sweeps are incorporated.

– Jeff Hughes