Crescent Saber "Guan Dao"
During the Ming Dynasty, 大刀 (Da Dao), literally “Big Saber”, is the term used for a long single-edged bladed polearm. Today, we more commonly refer to it as 偃月刀 (Yan Yue Dao), the Reclining-Moon Blade, or 關刀(Guan Dao), after the famous General Guan Yu as depicted in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
This 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 Spear, Long-Saber, Crossbow and Shaolin Staff. There are 12 stances in this manual, and these are designed to fight against the Spear.
The Korean ancient martial arts manual, Muye Dobo Tongji, is highly based on Ming Dynasty Chinese manuals. There's a chapter inside that documented the usage of the Crescent Saber on Horseback, and it's included in the English translated copy below.
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Horseback Crescent-Saber, demonstrated
based on the Korean manual Muye Dobo Tongji
based on Korean Muye Dobo Tongji.
Spreading The Crescent Saber Legacy
The Crescent Saber is one of the most representative weapon in Chinese martial arts. Here is the English translation for the ancient manual that describes the ractice of this weapon.
1) The Big-Saber Sayings
2) Construction of the Big-Saber
3) 12 (Twelve) Big-Saber Stances
4) The Big-Saber Form
5) Horseback Crescent-Saber
6) Horseback Crescent-Saber Manual (10 stances on horseback)
Features to help you learn & understand:
- enhanced drawings from faded ancient drawings
- Hanyu Pinyin pronounciation for all Chinese text
- accompanying English translation
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