Now usually when one thinks about Butterflies, images of delicate colorful peaceful creatures come into mind. Some see the butterfly as ‘a symbol of the ephemeral nature of physical existence.’*1 A butterfly can also be the symbol of a woman’s delicacy.
How then can a kung fu move called ‘the butterfly hands takedown’ be so brutally destructive?
I learned this take down on Saturday and it is not delicate nor peaceful. Instead it whips the victim onto his or her back through a violent arm twisting motion.
It’s extremely effective.