I just came across this CCTV footage of a gang-related murder captured on the streets, with SWORDS. This was in Indian, and we can see:
You can watch the full video here: https://www.facebook.com/faisalnadeem.shaikh.56/videos/249967998840262/
In this article, I will only discuss the video from a martial artist's perspective.
1) Vertical Cuts Only
Throughout the video, you will see that the attackers mainly used Vertical Cuts. As this was a group/gang assault, someone who cuts diagonally or horizontally is going to injure his own team-mates. Vertical Cuts are the "safest" cuts to prevent "friendly-fire".
2) Blade Discipline
In the military, whether modern or ancient, discipline with your weapon is a must, to prevent friendly-fire incidents.
Look at the above screen-capture of the 2 guys indicated by green arrows, who have their blades raised behind them, and ready to cut down.
Would you like to stand behind them?
I'm assuming that they are acting in rage and have no formal training. This method of holding your sword in a group fight setting is dangerous as it may cut the team-mates standing behind or around them.
On the other hand, from the 400 years old Chinese Long Saber manual, the most similar stance that we can find is the "Skyward Stance", as shown above on the left. The blade is held pointing high towards the sky.
This is an aggressive stance that allows you to cut down swiftly, but yet it is safe for your team-mates, minimizing the chances of friendly-fire.
3) Poor Blade Quality?
The victim was reportedly shot first when he was inside the cafeteria. That's why he was being dragged down in an unconscious state.
Still, he was cut multiple times, but we didn't see significant loss of body parts. He is still in 1 piece, even though the attackers were clearly very aggressive.
Towards the end, one guy was evidently insistent on trying to chop the victim's head off. Notice that everytime he lands a cut, the victim's arms jumped up. This could mean that the sword has contacted with the victim's nervous system, causing such a reaction.
But even with numerous cuts to the neck, the victim wasn't decapitated, and was only left with a gashing wound. The attacker's sword was even bent!
In a historical battlefield or fight, you may start with a good sharp sword. But after repeated usage, the blade gets worn down and it's sharpness may be reduced. When that happens, will we see similar blade performance as shown in this video?
Let me know your thoughts below!
Ancient Chinese Martial Arts Manuals