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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...

July 31, 2017

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 bel...

June 12, 2017

偷步 (tou bu) "Sneaking Steps" is a type of footwork that we can commonly observe in Chinese martial arts. Below is an example from the Chinese WWII Sword Da Dao manual, which is currently the 'youngest' manual on this website, written only in 1933

To perform a "Sneaking...

June 2, 2017

Typically during freeplay sparring practice with swords, we will consider a cut to the head as something decisive which will end the fight. 

I've long believed that this is NOT true. There is a good chance a person can still continue fighting even after receiving a dire...

February 25, 2017

I just came across this vintage video of Chinese WWII-era Dadao training. Check out the video below:

Although the Dadao is supposed to be a 2-handed weapon, but interestingly the practice shown in the video were done with 1-hand instead, and closely resembles modern Wus...