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There are several Chinese martial arts known as Snake Boxing or Snake Style (Chinese: pinyin: shéquán; literally "snake fist") which imitate the movements of snakes. Proponents claim that adopting the fluidity of snakes allows them to entwine with their opponents in defense and strike them from angles they wouldn't expect in offense. Snake style is said to especially lend itself to applications with the Chinese straight sword. Both Wing Chun and T'ai Chi Ch'uan are said to be based on a combination of the Snake and Crane styles. The snake is also one of the animals imitated in Baguazhang and Xingyiquan. The sinuous, fluid motion of the snake lends itself to the practical theory that underlies the "soft" martial arts.

Different snake styles imitate different movements of snakes. Some, for example, imitate the Cobra, while others imitate the Python, while some schools imitate both for different applications.

Snake is one of the archetypal Five Animals of Chinese martial arts; the other four being Crane, Tiger, Leopard, and Dragon. These five animals originally represented the five classical Chinese elements before developing into their own styles. Snake is usually Earth, Tiger is Fire, Crane is Metal (which also doubles as Air), Dragon is Water, and Leopard is Wood. Since they were derived from the Five Elements, they are kept in this pattern. At this point many styles delve into more advanced animal training or actual element training. The Taoist temples of the Wudang Mountains were known to have produced many snake stylists.

Snake style is based on whipping power which travels up the spine to the fingers. The ability to sinuously move, essentially by compressing one's stomach/abdominal muscles, is very important. Footing is quite grounded. The stancework is fluid in order to maximize the whipping potential of any movement. This necessitates building a strong spine to contain the power and strong fingers to convey the strike. Since breath is important to any movement of the spine and ribs, snake style is considered one of the main styles which eventually led to internal training. Snake style is also known as an approach to weapons training, the Chinese straight sword and spear in particular. There are even specialty varieties of sword blades and spear points that curve back and forth down the length of the blade in imitation of the snake's body known as snake sword and snake spear.

Snake Style generally aims for weak points of the human body, such as eyes, groin, and joints, meaning a snake stylist must always try to avoid conflict, as taking part in combat may cause great physical damage to an opponent, making anyone who is skilled in this style very dangerous.
Now number two, practiced the snake style
He was known as the snake spirit
He had the speed of a snake
by Iron Dragon March 14, 2006
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