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Jing Wu Monk Spade Pattern

Added 03-Dec-2006

The Monk Spade is a very heavy weapon originally carried by Buddhist Monks both as a weapon to protect themselves on long journeys and as a tool to help bury the dead. This Jing Wu stylist belies his age, twirling and tossing the weapon in the air as if it was made of plastic.

2.7MB, 0m59sec, 0.99

Jing Wu Straight Sword

Added 03-Dec-2006

From our recent trip to the Jing Wu Athletic Association in Shanghai, we filmed master Yuan Ji Shu performing this straight sword pattern during a practice session with many other senior masters.

2.6MB, 0m54sec, 0.99

Three Arrow One Way

Added 05-Nov-2006

Three Arrow One Way is another style from the Putian area. Putian is the location of one of the three South Shaolin Temples and so is a great place to find many rare styles from that lineage. Master Lin Yue Jun.s performance shows the close ties between Three Arrow One Way and other southern styles like the Crane System and Five Ancestors: watch in particular for the use of Dun, or Spring Force, when striking.

4.3MB, 0m58sec, 1.29

Da Zun

Added 05-Nov-2006

San Zhan or Three Wars is a basic pattern structure common across many styles of the South Shaolin lineage. It teaches students the correlation between the legs, upper body and breathing that is the foundation upon which all more advanced principles are built. Here Master Lin Qi Ta performs the San Zhan pattern of the Da Zun Quan, an archetypal southern style, widespread in the Zhangzhou area of Fujian Province.

5.1MB, 1m09sec, 1.29

Five Animals

Added 05-Nov-2006

This is the odd one out among the four videos released with this issue. The Five Animals Style or Wu Xing, is traditionally ascribed to the Northern Shaolin Temple in Henan, however it spread to the South of China and during the turbulent years of the Qing Dynasty became part of the Southern Shaolin family, assuming many characteristics of the local styles, such as short range movements, strong low stances and emphasis on force spreading from the Dan Tian. The Five Animals are snake, crane, dragon, tiger and leopard. Here the pattern is being performed by Master Nai Guo Xiang.

3.9MB, 0m54sec, 1.29

Dragon Phoenix Pattern

Added 05-Nov-2006

A young monk at Da Fa Wang Temple in Henan Province performs his single broadsword pattern. The monk's movements are crisp and fluid and he controls his body well, however he has not yet achieved mastery of his chosen weapon. Although the attacking movements of the sword are sure, the young man sometimes looses focus when the sword is passive or returning, allowing the blade to waver.

4.0MB, 0m52sec, 0.99

Water Margin Twin Swords Pattern

Added 05-Nov-2006

Why settle for one sword, when two will do the job twice as fast?! Twin weapons patterns demand exceptional balance, as the arms are not available to stabilise the body any more. To add insult to injury for all you unflexible people, this practitioner drops into a front-splits position easier than you or I might touch our toes!

5.3MB, 1m10sec, 0.99

Fighting applications . Li Da Ling

Added 01-Oct-2006

Master Li Da Ling shows a number of martial applications. When Master Li was younger, he regularly fought as part of his district wushu team. These bouts were open competitions, with little of the protection or contact rules seen in San Da competitions these days. Speaking from experience (I was the one he was hitting!) his attacks and movements had meaning. Of the many masters who I have felt demonstrate strikes or locks, his were among the best. Most importantly, as Master Li is not a physically large person, his fingers were strong and locks precise. Filmed in Shanghai, April 2006.

9.2MB, 2m12sec, 1.29

Jing Wu Elephant Style

Added 01-Oct-2006

Of the many animal styles of martial arts, there are a few which can truly be called .rare.. Elephant style is little known and even less widely practised. The strikes are based on the elephant.s trunk, using the closed fist predominantly. However, the impact point is not limited to the knuckles, and any part of the fist is intended for use. This practitioner.s arms roll out flexibly, as if there was no bone structure, to mimic the elephant.s trunk. Filmed at Jing Wu, Shanghai, April 2006.

8.0MB, 1m49sec, 1.29

Jing Wu Straight Sword Pattern

Added 01-Oct-2006

In this straight sword pattern, the practitioner moves quickly and decisively. He uses a number of different strikes, aiming high and low, circular and straight. The pattern is performed slightly faster than many typical straight sword patterns, made slightly easier by the light-weight and flexible practice sword. Filmed in Jing Wu, Shanghai, April 2006.

8.5MB, 1m50sec, 1.29