Tantui (Leg Flicking Chuan )

Tantui or leg flicking Chuan is also called pond legs. It has 10 routines and was therefore called 10-routine pond legs. When Shaolin monks added two more routines, it became the 12-routine pond legs. As many Moslems in China practise the Chuan, it is also called religious leg flicking Chuan.

Tantui concentrates on feet plays with fist plays as support. Its movements are not complicated but complete and executed flawlessly. A symmetry is maintained by placing the feet one by one taking wide steps while keeping the body in a crouched position.

Tán Tuǐ (Chinese: 谭腿; literally "springing legs") is a martial arts routine based on kicks. Created in Northern China by Chinese Muslims, tan tui is composed of a series of forms, which emphasize blocking, stances, footwork, and most of all, kicks. Tan tui exists as a style on its own, but is commonly used as a basic form for styles like Chāquán.

Tan tui as a form is a famous northern wushu form and has several variations due to its incorporation into various styles and characteristics of the form also vary. These styles include Northern Praying Mantis, Chángquán, and Northern Shaolin as well as many other minor styles and systems.

The tan tui routines consist of "roads" or parts that divide the form and vary from variation to variation of the form. Originally tan tui consisted of 28 roads that were based on the 28 characters of the Arabic alphabet and was later summarised. Today the most common variations of tan tui are the 10 and 12 road tan tui.

Springing Leg forms have a long History in China. The 12 roads of this form are the basis for more advanced material in the Long Fist system. This form improves your fighting skills, balance, strength, and focus, thus, Tan Tui contains the basic skills and flexibility drills required in advanced forms. In some Schools, Tan Tui is taught as the first form to build the skills necessary to advance in the system. It has been stated that if a new student doesn't find the Tan Tui form challenging that he or she will not like the Long Fist style of Kung Fu. Tan Tui is deep rooted in China’s Hui Muslim community. One such reference to the Islamic influence is the posture of holding one punch out in front of body as a punch is thrown to the rear with the other hand. The Body is turned sideways so that both the front and the rear punches reach maximum range. Besides being a good exercise to train the fighter to get full shoulder and body trust behind each punch, like a good Boxer, it also is a giveaway that the form has a Muslim history. Kung fu forms that use this posture came from China's Muslim community.

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