More Efficient Way Of Blocking With The Chinese Broadsword

Coiling or wrapping the Dao (Chinese Broadsword) around your head is a very commonly practiced and effective technique to block and counter-attack in a fight. In most videos that I've seen, the practitioner is always circling his hands around his head. In this video below, I would like to share with you an alternative method that I've found to be quicker and more efficient. Please let me know what you think in the Comments section below! Even though I've demonstrated with a single-handed weapon, you can still easily apply the same principle to even a two-handed weapon, such as the Chinese Long Saber, or the Chinese WWII Dadao. Thank you, Jack Chen Ancient Chinese Martial Arts Manuals www.Chi

Real Video: Indian Sword Attack

I just came across this CCTV footage of a gang-related murder captured on the streets, with SWORDS. This was in Indian, and we can see: single-handed curved Saber with finger guard sickle blade (with a hook at the end) You can watch the full video here: In this article, I will only discuss the video from a martial artist's perspective. 1) Vertical Cuts Only Throughout the video, you will see that the attackers mainly used Vertical Cuts. As this was a group/gang assault, someone who cuts diagonally or horizontally is going to injure his own team-mates. Vertical Cuts are the "safest" cuts to prevent "friendly-fire". 2) Bla

Antique Evidence: The Samurai Learnt & Wrote Shaolin Staff Techniques First?

Did the Japanese Samurai learnt & wrote down the Shaolin Staff techniques in their manual first, BEFORE the Chinese? For real antique evidence, please watch the video in this article, and we can then have a discussion. Heiho Ogi Sho (兵法奥義書) was written by Samurai General Yamamoto Kansuke. He lived from 1501 to 1561, so this book must have been written before 1600. Shaolin Gunfa Canzong (少林棍法闡宗) was written by Shaolin Monk Cheng Zong You and published in 1616, which is decades after General Yamamoto's death. The video above shows several examples of the Shaolin Staff stances being found in General Yamamoto's book first, but I'll just show 2 of the examples here Example #1 - The "High Four-Eve

Practicality Of Sticking Your Hand Out In Sword Fights

In Chinese swordsmanship, you can frequently see stances that involve the swordsman sticking his hand out, like the "Single-Carry Stance" from the Chinese Long Saber manual as shown below. Is this more of a move that makes you look good in demonstrations, or does it really have a practical purpose? Let's find out. Not A Stance For Starting Fights With If you do free-play or sparring with swords, you will very soon realize that this is a poor stance to start the fight with. Most likely your opponent will just make a quick snapping cut to attack your fingers and hand. I've ever saw a free-play match fought by a Taiji Jian practitioner. He start with his Jian held behind with his right-hand, an

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