Martial Arts From Ancient Manuals
Masters from hundreds of years ago in China wrote martial arts manuals to pass on their knowledge and skills. This website was created to share these manuals with all serious martial artists, so that we can pass on the legacy.
Access 9 historical Chinese martial arts manuals:
Long Saber (known as Dandao or Miaodao)
Crossbow (construction blueprint and shooting)
Chinese War Sword (WWII weapon Dadao)
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"Martial Arts Practiced After Farmwork"
Published in 1621, 耕余剩技 (geng yu sheng ji) was written by martial arts master Cheng Zong You, and consists of four books, according to sequence:
Beautifully illustrated for a work of its time, the drawings are elaborate and shows the finer details, such as other accessories that a soldier carries.
"New Treatise on Military Efficiency"
Published in 1560, 纪效新书 (ji xiao xin shu) was written by the famous Ming Dynasty General Qi Ji-Guang, who defended Chinese against the invading Japanese pirates.
It is a colossal & comprehensive publication, which touched on topics ranging from military formation, explosives, siege defense, and of course, martial arts.
Parts of this manual that have been translated into English on this website includes:
Note however, that Sword Treatise was actually written by General Yu Da-You, who fought alongside General Qi during the war, and it was included inside General Qi's book.
I look forward to work on and translate more chapters from this manual in the future.