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Da Ming Rope Dart

Added 06-Aug-2006

The rope dart is a notoriously difficult weapon to master. Here, we see a truly fantastic display of how the rope dart can be manipulated to shoot out at lightening pace from seemingly nowhere. Filmed at Da Ming Lake, Jinan, September 2004.

4.6MB, 1m01sec, 0.99

Qing Cheng Tai Chi

Added 06-Aug-2006

The Daoist martial arts of Qing Cheng feature patterns performed at fast and slow speeds. This is the opening sequence of a tai chi pattern as performed by Master Liu Sui Bin. Performed in Qing Cheng, May 2005.

4.5MB, 1m08sec, 0.99

Guan Dao

Added 02-Jul-2006

The Guan Dao is the heaviest long range weapon in the Chinese arsenal and this weight, which can get to as much as 100 kilos, is used to move and power the weapon. Momentum is built up in large circular swings and strikes and, if you notice, the weapon never quite stops moving throughout the pattern, the energy of one swing is just converted into another, directions are changed smoothly, seamlessly. It takes a very strong person to wield this weapon properly, which is why a giant Guan Dao often served as a badge of rank for a general in the Chinese Army and it was the weapon of the God of War, Guan Yu. Performed by Master Zhao Rong Fu in Hangzhou.

8.3MB, 2m00sec, 1.49

Buddha Hand (Fo Shou)

Added 02-Jul-2006

The Buddha Hand or Fo Shou is a less lethal variation on the basic spear design. Because it was often carried by Buddhist clergy for self defence, the deadly spear point is replaced by a flat metal hand shape. This is still sharp enough to do damage, but unlike the spear it is not designed to kill, as befits a religious weapon. In other respects the Fo Shou is very similar to a normal spear and allows for many of the same movements, with the energy transferred to the tip of the weapon from the practitioner.s waist.

5.6MB, 1m18sec, 1.29

Horse Halberd

Added 02-Jul-2006

There are many different types of the halberd (Ji) varying by the number and shapes of the extra blades attached to the spear head. The single crescent shaped blade belongs to the Horse Halberd (Ma Ji). If you compare this video to one of the many spear videos on Wushu Scholar you will immediately see the similarities in movement. Of all the long weapons the Ji is most like the spear in weight and flexibility and so many of the same principles apply, however the extra blade on the side allows you to hook and slash your opponent as well as stab. Performed by Master Li Chang Ren in Jinan City, Shandong.

6.1MB, 1m08sec, 1.29

Nan Quan Pattern

Added 02-Jul-2006

This is a great example of a freehand southern Chinese martial art. It displays all the characteristics of a good southern style . there is no fancy running around or jumping. Simple and effective turning and a .toe-to-toe. attitude to fighting. One thing that immediately impresses is the solidity of the practitioner.s waist and torso. The strong, upright position of his lower back is never compromised, such that any tiny movement of the legs gives the body meaning and intention, and the arms are supported and able to attack and defend quickly and powerfully. Filmed in Zhang Zhou, Fujian, May 2001.

2.7MB, 0m38sec, 0.99

Chen Tai Chi

Added 02-Jul-2006

A demonstration of Chen tai chi from the Shanghai area. Chen tai chi is a vigorous style, requiring great physical fitness and strength. Master Xu is still relatively young, and his pattern is well executed whilst still leaving room to mature over the next few decades. If you have been taught Chen tai chi outside of Shanghai, this pattern shows slight variations in movements that indicate the unique Shanghai .flavour. of martial arts. Filmed in Shanghai, April 2006.

7.5MB, 2m28sec, 0.99

Qing Chen Ba Xian Sword

Added 02-Jul-2006

A straight sword pattern from the Qing Cheng stable. Qing Cheng is a focal point for Daoist martial arts in the Sichuan province. In this pattern, the practitioner whips the sword artfully around her body, displaying smooth flow in her movements and powerful impacts at striking points. Filmed in Qing Cheng, Sichuan Province, May 2005.

3.5MB, 0m50sec, 0.99

Wu Style Montage

Added 04-Jun-2006

A montage of Wu/Hao tai chi sword principles and martial applications. In this clip, Master Chen Guo Fu shows how he holds the sword and demonstrates a few movements in detail. He then gives an explanation of why you do not need to use excessive movement in tai chi to make the movements have practical meaning. Filmed in Shanghai, April 2006.

8.1MB, 2m10sec, 1.29

Wu Style Single Sword

Added 04-Jun-2006

This is the single straight sword pattern from the Wu/Hao style. One of the most interesting sword patterns we have seen, while it doesn.t feature fast or hard movements, look out for the intricacy of the hand movements. The sword is made to twist and turn through many angles and in many directions, each move demonstrating a particular attack or counter. Filmed in Shanghai, April 2006.

9.3MB, 2m09sec, 1.29