Shui Kou Men (水口门）is a system of groundfighting kung fu which also orginates from Laiyang. The style of Shui Kou Men was said to be created when a Robin Hood type characterwas on the run from law. He came across an old farmer at a village called Shui Kou (pictured left) who was working the fields and begged for help. The old man agreed to hide him in the huge piles of grain and just then, the horse-backed law just rode straight past. The thief agreed to teach some villagers kung fu in order to thank the old man for hiding him.
After six months, the old man stormed in the training hall and saw the boys were all still learning horse stance. It appeared the thief didn’t really know any kung fu, but was just stalling them. He then asked one of the boys to kick a wooden barrel, and the boy smashed it with immense power. The old man realised the importance of strong basics and left them to train. This young boy was known as Song Ren Tong and he grew up to become a famous master. He passed the system of Shui Kou Men onto many people, including famous mantis masters Jiang Hua Long and Song Zi De, who in turn passed it onto Cui Shou Shan, who passed it onto Zhang Kai Tang.
Unfortunately Master Zhang didn’t pass the whole system on, due to the political turmoil of his times, but bits and pieces survive in our mantis system. The style contains about 60% stand up and 40% groundwork.
Shuai Lu 摔捋
The introductory form of the system, focuses mainly on the technique “tiao da xie le” (provoking and piercing the ribs) as well as some other simple techniques such as “tie men shuan” (iron door bolt).
Gu Cun Di Tang Quan 古存地躺拳
The name of this form means “old surviving ground fighting boxing” and is said to be the most important form for the stand-up aspect of the style. It is also found in other systems of Long Fist under other names like “Lian Wu Zhang” or “Lian Wu Shou” (interconnected five palms or hands).
Zhe Cai 折採
This is a partner form comprised of 36 qinna techniques (locks and holds) and 72 striking techniques.