Mantis Hand

A hand position in which the thumb extends forward to support the index finger from below. The index finger extends slightly beyond where the thumb makes contact with the index finger. The remaining fingers of the hand rest either in or near the palm of the hand (this can represent a stylistic difference). The wrist is normally bent but can be straightened for some purposes.

This hand position is then used for various striking, blocking, grabbing, and parrying activities, particularly in Praying Mantis styles.