What Martial and Structural details differentiate Hakka Martial arts from other National & Southern Chinese systems of martial arts?
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There are many local Hakka Martial Arts here, such as, Li Gar, Li Jia, Bak Mei, Dragon, etc. They all share some similarity, but I can only speak for Hakka Mantis. As a general rule, we can say that Hakka Mantis uses a ‘high horse’, rib cage power, and ‘ging’ coiled explosive force. The correct horse is heel to toe. The back is slightly raised, like a hunch back, while the chest is concave and sunk inward. The force comes from the ground, up the legs, through the back, and out to the fingertips.
This is expressed in the principles of ‘swallow and spit’ (defense and offense) and ‘float and sink’ (whole body power).