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400-years ago in ancient China during the Ming Dynasty, many martial arts manual were written, especially from the constant battles against the Japanese pirates invasion. Today some are lost, but fortunately some still survived today.

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You, the practitioner who trains diligently in these ancient techniques, are the one who will be passing it on to the future generation. I hope my English translations and interpretations will help you to do that.

Jack Chen

Learn From Ancient Chinese Martial Arts Manuals From Hundred Of Years Ago

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《劍經》
Jian Jing

Sword Treatise


  俞大猷 (Yu Da-You) is a famous Ming-Dynasty General who defend China against the Japanese pirates invasion. General Yu studied martial arts in Shaolin Temple, and later wrote and compiled 正氣堂集 (Zheng Qi Tang Ji), "Compilation of Vital Energy". In his book, is a section called 劍經 (Jian Jing), "Sword Treatise".

It is a compilation of his martial arts knowledge, and contains very deep and in-depth concepts on weaponry combat. The fundamentals are taught through the Staff, the Chief of all weapons, so that these can later be applied onto wielding the sword
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Dandao aka Miao Dao, The Chinese Long-Saber Ancient Manual

《單刀法選》
Dandao aka Miao Dao 

Chinese Long Saber


  Written by 程宗猷 (Cheng Zong You) during the Ming Dynasty, when the Japanese pirates fought with the Ming soldiers. He was taught by 刘雲峰 (Liu Yun Feng), who learnt Japanese swordsmanship (Kenjutsu) directly from the Japanese.

  This 1.5 metres long weapon resembles closely to the Japanese Nodachi, which is a longer version of the Katana or Tachi.

Jian Chinese Straight Sword Ancient Manual

《劍》
Jian

Long Straight Sword


  Extracted from a 400-years-old manual called 武備志 (Wu Bei Zhi) by Mao Yuan-Yi. The Jian Straight Sword techniques contained in it is believed to have been exported from China to Korea, then back to China again. It teaches the use of a 2-handed long double-edged straight sword.

  In the Korean ancient manual, Muye Dobo Tongji, there is an exact copy of this manual as well, just that it's depicted with figure drawings wearing Korean clothings.

   Short Weapons   

《军大刀》
Dadao Chinese War Sword


  The Dadao 大刀 Chinese War Sword was made famous by the 29th Army of the Chinese Nationalist Army fighting against the Japanese during the 1930s. Legend has it that it's so effective that heads could be cut off easily with ease.

 

The 29th Army fought and held their position for 7 days and 7 nights at Xifengkou, killing 3000 enemies. However, in the 500 elite soldiers of the 大刀隊 (Dadao Dui) "Big-Saber Contingent", only 20 survived.

《鞭 / 𨰝》

Whip / Truncheon


  The Whip (鞭 Bian) is a bludgeoning weapon used against armoured soldiers, and shares many similarities with the Long-Saber.

 

This Whip manual was written by 程子頤 (Cheng Zi Yi). He is the nephew of Master Cheng Zong You, who famously wrote manuals on the Long-SaberSpear, and Shaolin Staff.

《牌與狼筅》

Shield and Wolf-Brush


  Two very important defensive tools in ancient Chinese warfare. 400-years ago in Ming-Dynasty China, two great manuals were written.

  • 紀效新書 (Ji Xiao Xin Shu) by General Qi

  • 武備志 (Wu Bei Zhi) by Mao Yuan-Yi

 

  These two great Chinese warfare manuals contained details of the combat usage of the 牌 (Pai) Shield and 狼筅 (Lang-Xian) Wolf-Brush, especially against the King of The Battlefield: The Spear.

 Polearms 

《長鎗法選》
Chang Qiang

Chinese Long Spear


  Written 400-years ago by 程宗猷 (Cheng Zong You), the same author for the Dandao & Shaolin Kung Fu Staff manual.

  This manual not only describes the combat usage of each stance, but also talks about principles and partnered drills.

《峨嵋槍法》
E'mei Spear


  During the early Qing Dynasty, 程眞如 (Cheng Zhen Ru) travelled to the E'mei Mountain to learn the art of the Spear.

  This is a manual for the advanced martial artist. There are no pictures, and describes essential principles of using the weapon.

《少林棍法闡宗》
Shaolin Kung Fu Staff


  Written by 程宗猷 (Cheng Zong You) when the Japanese pirates fought with the Ming soldiers. The skilful Shaolin Monks fought along-side with the Ming soldiers too.

  This is an extensive in-depth manual with 3 volumes, that will benefit both the beginner & advanced martial artists.

《偃月大刀》
Crescent Saber


  Commonly referred to as 偃月刀 (Yan Yue Dao), or 關刀 (Guan Dao), this is a long bladed polearm as famously wielded by General Guan Yu depicted in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This comes with a Horseback Crescent Saber chapter based on the Korean manual, Muye Dobo Tongji.

《畫戟》
Chinese Halberd


  The earliest 戟 Halberd (Ji) were discovered by archaeologists in the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). It served as an important military weapon during the Han Dynasty (202-220 BC). However, the Long-Spear eventually replaced it, and the Halberd was used more for ceremonies.

《長柄斧》
Long Shaft Axe


  Heavy and brutal, the Chinese Long Shaft Axe delivers a mean cleaving force at its enemies. 

 

  Its techniques are similar to the Chinese Long-Saber, but one must possess great strength to wield this heavy beast.

  Others  

《武藝圖譜通志》
Korean Ancient Manuals


  武藝圖譜通志 (Muye Dobo Tongji) is a comprehensive illustrated Korean martial arts manual, commissioned by the Korean King Jeongjo in 1790. There are a total of 4 volumes in this manual, documenting 24 arts of the Korean military.

  Majority of the content are based on Ming Dynasty Chinese manuals.

《拳經捷要》
Essentials of the Fist


  Highly essential for martial arts training, the Fist or empty-handed training serves as a foundation for using various weapons.

  In General Qi's 紀效新書 (Ji Xiao Xin Shu), he placed the Fist chapter at the last, after compiling the stances of various weapons. As such, the Fist chapter on this website shall also be placed at the last.

《蹶張心法》
Foot-Drawn Crossbow

 

  Crossbows or ranged weapons are usually the first to be deployed against the enemy, then followed by melee weapons.

  This 400 years old Crossbow manual contains specific details for constructing your own Crossbow, as well as information on battlefield tactics.

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