Various difficult acrobatic movements such as
flipping sideways in the air, front flips, back flips, back handsprings,
hand stands, walking on the hands, forward lunges/dives, backward lunges,
spinning on the butt, spinning on the back and many kicks and strikes. Most
of the attacks are aimed at the knees, groin area, throat or eyes of the
opponent and hand strikes are normally either open handed slaps or clawing
with a semi-closed fist called the monkey claw. A wide array of facial
monkey expressions are also practiced, inclusive of happiness, anger, fear,
fright, confusion and bewilderment etc. Except for very brief periods, most
movements inclusive of running are executed from either a squatting or
semi-squatting position and are normally accompanied by very swift and
'jerky' head movements as the practitioner nervously looks around.
The monkey staff, or hou gun (猴棍), is one of this style's specialty weapons.
Monkey boxing is an imitative technique and so execution of the movements
and facial expressions must be so convincing that it looks exactly like a
monkey and not simply like a human imitating a monkey hence the very high
degree of difficulty associated with this technique.