Long Form 2 The definition of Long Form 2 consists of advancing with front hand blocks followed by or with a front and rear hand counters. This form also features two or more strikes for each stance change as well as dual striking at times. The form actually features the combined body mechanics of both Long Form 1 and Short Form 2.

As the last basic form, Long Form 2 also includes the pattern of in - out - up - down just as the previous forms have. Up through the downward block sections Long Form 2 is primarily an expanded version of Short Form 2. In Short Form 2, you open with a Delayed Sword without the kick. In Long Form 2, you do Five Swords without the step-off and finish. You will continue to use the cat stance as a transitional stance between the various sections and use the "cup and saucer" in order to cock your weapons.

In the third and fourth move, we use the first move learned in Short Form 2 with the outward block and the punch and follow it with two more punches. The final punch should be cocked at your shoulder in preparation for a jab. At the same time as you execute a front hand jab you are also going to execute a front leg knife-edge "jab" A front leg and front hand counter has not been done in the forms before.

The third sequence, or fifth and sixth moves, features a universal block that flows into an upward block and reverse hammerfist up to the groin. Look at how the striking hand moves when it is compared to its counterpart in Short Form 2. They complement each other.

Long Form 2 also has you step back when you execute your first downward block section, something that hasn't been done since Short Form 1. The reason is based on a principle that you should never step into darkness. Don't go where you can't see what is coming. In Long Form 2, our left hand is high after the back knuckle series. We step back because we can't see around our arm to see what is coming from that angle.

After the downward block sections, the remainder of the form represents new material and begins to teach how to use the twist stance properly. In this section, we also use the material learned from a stationary horse stance in Long Form 1. We apply the blocks and push-downs from the isolation.

In this form, we will step away for the first downward block unlike in the previous two forms. The reason is based on our position prior to the movement. We are in a right neutral bow facing 12 o'clock with our left hand cocked high following the last backfist. We then step our right foot so we are in a left neutral bow facing 4:30 and drop our high left hand into a left downward block.

With the downward block section we do a front hand punch and rear leg kick to complement the previous punch / kick combinations.

Following the downward blocks, we get to new material. For the overhead dropping punch segment that follows, many people forget about the retarded ball kick that sweeps through and strikes out prior to landing in the twist stance and stepping out. This complements the previous punch / kick combinations by being a simultaneous rear leg and rear foot. The upward block / forearm strike goes under your attacker's chin to hold them up for the finger pokes. These pokes even match a later set of finger pokes found in Long Form 4. Following the first finger strike, we have to move our block back and under our current finger strike to execute a second strike to the inside of our other finger strike.

You will see in Long Form 4 we strike over and to the outside of our finger strike in Dance of Darkness.

As far as technique comparisons go here, Five Swords is instantly seen at the beginning with the block and the three strikes that follow. Raining Claw is also said to have been seen in this form, although it is not nearly as well-shown. And some claim the final series of elbows are reminiscent of Intercepting the Ram.

The Twist Stance

The twist stance is employed in three different methods of execution in this form and is used, often blatantly, for a precise instructional reason. When you are using the twist stance in this form, you are being shown examples of how to step through correct and how to use the twist stance. The goal is to use the twist stance and close out access to your centerline. The first instance has you utilize the overhead dropping punch and retarded ball kick into the twist stance. You then step into your attacker, closing out access to your centerline. In the second instance, you will step away from an imaginary attacker with a block into a twist stance and pivot into a neutral bow with a strike. In the third instance, you will pivot into a twist stance with a push-down block and then step into your imaginary attacker with a counter.

The purpose being shown here is that you have to intermittently expose your centerline when moving. You just need to expose your centerline when you are the furthest from your attacker. Twist and step. Or step back with a twist, then unwind.

The blocks that are employed throughout the section following the finger strikes are the blocks shown in the isolation at the end of Long Form 1. The reason they are out of order leans on how the weapons are cocked. After the finger strikes, your hands are high, so you block down with the inward downward palm up. Following the low uppercut, your hand is down, so you may as well use the low block, the inward downward block (palm down). With the next series, you hand is high from the uppercut you can then do a push down.

The Elbows

The remainder of this form on the 1:30 to 7:30 line consists of you pivoting and executing elbow strikes from a possible tackle attempt. The primary reason is in an effort to give you some form of preview to the next form, Short Form 3, which is also known as the elbow form, and the fulcrum form.