400 years ago, in ancient China during the Ming Dynasty, there were constant battles with the Japanese pirates. 蹶張心法 (Jue Zhang Xin Fa) is an ancient Crossbow manual, that documented the construction details and blueprint on making a medieval Chinese Crossbow.
The author, Master Cheng Zong You wrote and compiled a martial arts manual called 耕余剩技 (Geng Yu Sheng Ji) "Martial Arts Practiced After Farming Work", which consists of 4 volumes:
《少林棍法闡宗》 Shaolin Staff manual
《長鎗法選》 Long Spear manual
《單刀法選》Long Saber manual
The Crossbow manual not only contains the exact dimensions and description for each component for you to make them, it also describes military tactics on how the Spearmen and Swordsmen, both armed with Crossbows, move and fight in the battlefield.
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Documentary on Master Cheng, by China's CCTV.
With English subtitles.
Spreading The Chinese Crossbow's Legacy
The Chinese Crossbow is not only an effective weapon in the battlefield, it is also a testament to the engineering ingenuity of ancient Chinese people.
Due to the tremendous wealth of content in this manual, this is the 1st time I had to make the page size set to A4, as compared to the other manuals which are A5 size.
There are many diagrams, especially blue prints of parts of the Crossbow. With a bigger page size, you'll be able to see the many diagrams in this book more clearly.
Contents (168 pages A4 size):
The Crossbow Sayings
Complete Diagram of Foot-Drawn Crossbow
Old Bronze Mechanism
Improved New Crossbow Mechanism
Wood Choice For Construction Of Crossbow's Body
Construction Of Crossbow's Prod With Bamboo
Hawk Prod Sayings
Construction Of The Bowstring
Construction Of The Knee-Loop, Leg-Rope, Waist-Rope
Construction of Arrow Shaving Knife & Sheath
Shaving Crossbow Arrows
Construction Of Quiver
Construction Of Metal Arrowhead
Construction Of Poison Bottle
Drawing Crossbow With Foot & Knee
Crossbow Shooting & Engaging Enemy
Waist-Drawn Crossbow And Mechanism Details
Waist-Drawn Crossbow Quiver
Hidden Crossbow (for ambushing)
Arrow Poison Preparation Method
Features to help you learn & understand:
- Hanyu Pinyin pronounciation for all Chinese text
- Chinese text side-by-side with the English translation.
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Trigger Mechanism Details
How To Load The Crossbow
The traditional Chinese units of measurements were retained in the English translated manual.
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