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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...

March 6, 2019

Recently I came across this video (although it was posted back in 2013) where a girl performed the WWII Dadao form at a modern Wushu competition.

When I first clicked on the video, I didn't had my hopes up. I thought it was just gonna be another flashy modern Wushu per...

October 15, 2018

WWII was probably the last major warfare when we saw melee combat between China and Japan. 

The weapon of choice for the Chinese side is the Dadao (literally "Big Saber"), while the Japanese is famous for their Banzai Charge with their long rifles with a bayonet at...