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July 5, 2020

In General Qi Jiguang's book, his Long Saber stances came without any explanation on how they are being used in an actual fight. Here's a quick 3 mins video that I've made to share my interpretation / theory on 3 of the stances, which actually looked very similar to ea...

March 17, 2020

浑元剑经 "Hunyuan Jianjing" is a Chinese sword manual written in late-Yuan/early-Ming period, so this ancient book could easily be more than 600 years old! It is entirely written in words with no diagrams at all, which is a pain to translate as I was reading through it. Bu...

February 4, 2020

     

     A page from an antique Japanese manual, which was peculiarly written 75% in classical Chinese language (even this particular page was written in 100% Chinese), this is a Sword Striking Post for you to practice downwards cuts.

     The...

January 23, 2020

     In Ming Dynasty General Qi Jiguang's Essential of the Fist manual, Stance #30 is the 當頭砲 (dang tou pao) "Block Head Cannon" stance. The 2nd verse reads as 虎直攛兩拳 (hu zhi cuan liang quan), which translates as "Throwing 2 fists straight forward like a tiger...

August 13, 2019

The Chinese Long Saber manual was the 1st manual that I translated and interpreted when I started this website 9 years ago. The one thing that bothered me all these years was how similar the "Bury Head" and "Enter Cave" stances looked like. Surely either one can perfor...